11 Month Old Sleep Schedule (Now It Gets REALLY Important)

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 08/10/22 •  8 min read  •  Baby » Baby Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your baby onto a regular 11 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make maintaining it as easy as possible.

How Much Should An 11 Month Old Sleep

Sample 11 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 11 months old, your baby will be sleeping through the night and they will be having 2 naps a day.

Here’s a sample 11 month old sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your baby’s day may flow:

11 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 11 month old sleep schedule is a guideline and will differ from baby to baby. As you become more in tune with your baby’s needs and learn what works for them, you will find a sleep schedule that meets your needs.

Nap Schedule For 11 Month Old Baby

Here’s a quick reference for an 11 month old nap schedule to help you visualise your baby’s daytime sleep habits:

Nap Schedule For A 11 Month Old Baby

How Many Naps Should An 11 Month Old Baby Take?

An 11 month old will take 2 naps a day.

Aim to have their first nap around 3 hours after waking up and their second nap about 3 hours after their first.

You will often find that your 11 month old’s second nap will be slightly longer than their first (especially if they have had a busy morning!) but neither should last longer than 90 minutes.

How Long Should An 11 Month Old Be Awake Between Naps?

Most 11 month old babies can now stay awake between 3-4 hours at a time. 

However, this will be dictated by the time of day and what has been going on in their daily routine. 

It is still very important to watch for signs your little one is tired to avoid them becoming overtired.

TOP TIP: Always watch for sleep cues and if your little one needs to sleep then you should always let them do so to avoid having an overtired baby. And an overtired baby is a difficult baby.

Is There A Sleep Regression At 11 Months?

Sleep regressions can occur at any age but there are certain times when they are more likely to happen. 

Mainly at 4 months, 6 months, between 8 and 10 months and around 12 months old.

However, this does not mean that your little one can’t experience a sleep regression at 11 months of age.

11 months is a busy time in your little one’s development and this can offer trigger sleep issues.

So, if your baby’s established sleep patterns are disrupted with them fighting sleep, increased nighttime wakings and restlessness then they are very likely experiencing a short-term sleep regression.

Read these posts to help you navigate this situation:

11 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining an 11 month old sleep schedule will make your day much easier to manage because after all… Everything starts and ends with sleep!

Here are some of my top sleep tips to make creating and maintaining an 11 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

TOP TIP: If your baby is starting to wake earlier than usual ensure they are having enough nutrient-rich and calorie-filled foods (especially at dinner time).

Common 11 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your baby may encounter when establishing and maintaining an 11 month old sleep schedule are:

Frequently Asked Questions About An 11 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 11 month sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

How Do I Stop My 11 Month Old Waking In The Night?

Whilst 11 month old babies are certainly physically able to sleep through the night…

Many will still wake up during the night. 

To help your 11 month old to sleep for longer and aid them in gradually stopping waking up at night, ensure you:

What Time Should An 11 Month Old Go To Bed?

Bedtime for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers does not really change. 

For an 11 month old sleep schedule, your baby should be in bed with the lights out by 7pm.

If you want to adjust your schedule to make bedtime a little later you must change your daily nap times accordingly.

But no matter what… your baby should not be in bed any later than 8pm.

What Time Should Last Nap End For 11 Month Old?

Your 11 month olds afternoon nap should allow for them to be awake for about 3 ½ hours before bedtime.

So, if bedtime is at 7pm your 11 month old’s last nap should end by 3.30pm.

Is 11 Months Too Early For One Nap?

For the majority, YES. One nap is simply not enough for an 11 month old baby.

There will, of course, be some exceptions to the rule, but most babies will still require two naps.

Let your baby take the lead and you may find that as they approach their 1st birthday they will need 1 nap on some days and 2 naps on others. 

Sleep Schedules Further Reading

Here are some more sleep schedules to help you get the most out of helping your little one sleep as best they can.

After all…

Sleep breeds sleep!

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Paula McLaren

Paul Mclaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the child care industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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