11 Month Old Sleep Schedule
11 Month Old Nap Schedule:
At this age, your baby will likely be pretty consistent at taking two naps a day. Every baby will progress at their own pace, depending on their unique preferences and growing bodies, so if your baby is starting resist one of these naps, hang in there! Around 11 months, they’ll probably be napping for 2-4 hours during the day, but you may be starting to notice a shift in their napping patterns. This napping change may happen sooner if a significant shift, such as a new sibling or move, has occurred. An indicator that your baby is ready to transition into one nap (usually in the afternoon) a day is if they begin fighting their morning nap on a consistent basis, for two weeks. If this occurs, it’s fine to allow them to skip that morning nap. Because this transition may lead to irritability and grumpiness initially, try incorporating more “quiet time” into their day, where they engage in peaceful activities that allow their body to rest, even though they’re not asleep.
11 Month Old Feed Schedule:
Babies differ in their solid food preferences, with some loving everything that is placed in front of them and others showing pickiness about various textures and tastes. Some children at this age may have a hard time with the whole solid food endeavor, and that’s totally fine. But, whatever category your baby falls into, it’s important to help them attempt 3 meals a day.
Middle of the night feeds should be gone at this point. Almost all babies are capable of lasting through the night without food — what they need more than anything at this age, is a good night’s rest! Your baby will likely still be taking about 4 breast milk or formula feeds a day. Between 12 and 14 months, you may wish to switch your baby to cow’s milk instead of formula or breast milk, though you’re welcome to keep breastfeeding.
How Long Should An 11 Month Old Sleep?
At 11 months, your baby will probably still be sleeping around the same amount of time overall as they were at 10 months. In the evenings, you can expect your little one to sleep for 11-12 hours.
Routine, dependable transitions, and consistency now become more important as your baby’s gross motor skills, social awareness, language awareness, and more begin to increase. This stability supports your baby in making sense of their world and being able to get the sleep they need. Although your baby is not able to consciously comprehend why they need so much sleep, their physical and mental development help to push them in the direction of slumber.
Significant milestones also begin to occur during this time, such as learning to crawl or stand. While these milestones are exciting, they might also throw a wrench in your baby’s sleep. The best way to help your baby manage these sleep disruptions is through consistency. Be aware though, your baby may quickly realize that this is a game — if they stand up, and your response is to rush in and sit them down, they’ll know to continue to do that. Avoid this game by showing them how to sit down (instead of just picking them up) and giving them the time and space to figure it out on their own and offer plenty of opportunities throughout the day for them to explore their new skills. Lots of practice during the day should make these milestones no big deal.