2 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Secret To Peaceful Nights

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 04/01/23 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how and when to get your baby on a regular 2 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 2 Month Old Sleep?

2 Month Old Wake Window

At 2 months, your baby will have 60 to 90 minutes of awake time between their naps.

This ensures that baby has enough awake time during the day to meet their developmental milestones and to consume enough daytime calories to grow at a rapid rate.

Sample 2 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Similar to newborn babies, at 2 months old, your baby’s sleep will still vary day to day and you will struggle to follow a rigid routine…

Therefore, a 2 month old sleep schedule takes into consideration your baby’s sleep throughout a 24-hour period instead of following an hour-by-hour expectation.

Here is what a 2 month old sleep schedule should look like:

2 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: It’s very difficult to predict when your 2 month old baby will sleep, how deeply they will sleep or how long their naps will be until they’re a few months older… So, please don’t be concerned if your baby’s day looks different.

2 Month Old Nap Schedule

2 month old babies are mostly concentrated on growing and developing new physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills through baby toys and play sessions… as a result, they will spend most of their time asleep than awake (particularly by napping!)

As with a 2 month old sleep schedule, your little one’s 2 month old nap schedule will still not follow a consistent routine yet, however, you should aim for your little one to be doing the following every day:

Nap Schedule For A 2 Month Old Baby

You will find that the amount of awake time your baby can manage will vary quite dramatically from day to day alongside what they are experiencing when they are awake.

How Many Naps Does A 2 Month Old Baby Need?

Typically, a 2 month old will still be having between 3 and 6 naps a day.

REMEMBER: Swaddling is still important at this age to make your little one feel safe and secure while sleeping and it helps to control the Moro Reflex which can startle babies awake in the early months.

How Long Should A 2 Month Old Baby Nap For?

Your 2 month old baby will nap anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours at a time.

The length of your baby’s naps will all depend on how busy their awake period was and what their individual sleep needs are.

Bedtime For A 2 Month Old

As you know I am a great advocator of establishing a bedtime routine as early as possible, and at 2 month old your baby is on the verge of being able to have a full bedtime schedule.

However, the priority right now is to make a stark difference in your interactions with your 2 month old baby at night and to keep the sequence of events leading up to bedtime the same every night to establish strong sleep associations.

Hopefully, most 2 month old babies will no longer suffer from day-night confusion meaning you can now start to establish a regular routine.

Looking to get your little one to sleep quickly and effortlessly? Check out my Bedtime and Nap Cheat Sheet and master the art of making daytime naps and bedtimes as seamless as possible.

What Time Should A 2 Month Old Go To Bed

A 2 month old should be going to bed between 6pm and 7pm.

Remember, even though you will need to dream feed your baby again before you go to sleep… It is always a good idea to get them used to ‘going to bed’ in the early evening so it’s not such a big change when they get older.

2 Month Old Sleep Tips

Managing a 2 month old sleep schedule can be a rollercoaster of emotions…

Some days it will be easy and you will think you’re getting into a routine and on other days, you will wonder if you’ll ever have a consistent day again!

However, here are my top tips to make the 2 month old sleep schedule easier to navigate through:

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Common 2 Month Old Baby Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems for 2 month old babies are:

Frequently Asked Questions About A 2 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 2 month old sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Can You Sleep Train A 2 Month Old Baby?

In short: no. A 2 month old is still too young for sleep training. However, having healthy and regular sleep routines will set your baby on the right path to good sleep habits and a consistent sleep cycle.

How Much Nighttime Sleep Is Appropriate For A 2 Month Old?

A 2 month old baby will sleep between 8-12 hours in their nighttime sleep space, but they will still wake up during that time for a couple of feeds throughout the night.

How Long Should A 2 Month Old Stay Awake For?

The amount of time your 2 month old can stay awake will depend on the time of day and their personality. Most babies will be awake between 60 mins to 90 mins before needing to go back to sleep.

However, you must learn and observe your baby’s sleep cues so that they can get them back to sleep when they need to so they don’t become overtired.

Can A 2 Month Old Baby Sleep Through The Night?

No, 2 month old baby cannot sleep through the night yet.

Most 2 month old babies will still be waking every 3-4 hours and the length of time they sleep between feeds at this age will vary from one night to the next too. 

REMEMBER: Baby should not be going longer than 6 hours without a feed.

Is There A 2 Month Old Sleep Regression

Sleep regressions can hit at any time and are usually triggered by your baby’s changing daytime sleep needs and rapid development.

The first sleep regression usually occurs at around 4 months of age but it can appear when your baby closer to 2 months depending on how they are developing.

And as a result, if you have not done so already, now is the perfect time to start teaching your baby to self-settle by putting them in their crib to sleep when they are drowsy and not fast asleep as a part of your 2 month sleep schedule.

Whether your baby is experiencing a sleep regression with increased night waking and short naps or learning that they really like to have a feed and cuddle when they wake up in order to go back to sleep…

Teaching your baby to fall asleep independently will go a long way to forming healthy sleep habits and breaking unwanted waking habits in order to get you through the regression far quicker.

To learn more about sleep regressions that can occur around this age, and how to manage a baby who won’t sleep unless held, read the following posts:

Why Is My 2 Month Old Sleeping So Much?

Your 2 month old baby will typically be sleeping so much because they are developing at an incredible rate that requires a lot of energy.

However, if you still feel that your 2 month old is sleeping too much, is struggling to stay awake for 20 minutes between naps, or is showing any of the following signs, you should seek medical advice from a doctor or sleep consultant as soon as possible:

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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Author Image Bio
Paula McLaren is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and a highly qualified childcare expert with over 40 years of experience as a Norland Nanny. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Development & Learning (0-6 Years) and the prestigious Norland Diploma. Paula has worked as a night nanny, run a successful daycare center in London, and helped raise countless children using her tried and tested developmental and guidance methods.

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