Baby wake windows by age; from newborn to 20 months

wake window by age

Ohh boy! What a topic, the most challenging thing for new parents, Putting the baby to sleep and scheduling his sleep time is tough. If the baby sleeps comfortably, he feels stress-free, and our work is also done to a great extent.

It is crucial to know about the baby’s wake window, depending on the baby’s age, so you neither over-feed the baby nor suffer from stress due to less sleep.

In this article, I will briefly introduce the wake window, why the wake window is important when parents should pay attention to the wake window, baby sleep signs, and the complete list of the wake window for children by age.

so, let’s get started!

Quick guide about baby’s wake window

  •  Newborn – 30-60 minutes
  •  1 month —   60 minutes
  •  3 month —   90  minutes
  •  6 month —   1hr 45 minutes
  •  9-12 months – 2-3 hours

What is a wake window?

The wake window is the time when your baby is awake between naps. Usually, we take the baby or toddler out of his stroller or pram. And do not lie in it to sleep again. Learn more about Pram vs stroller which one is good for your little one.

Why wake windows are important for babies?

We adults get sleep at night after working all day; apart from humans, animals also need sleep to refresh themselves. We work all day and sleep at night, but children sleep and stay awake all day so that they can eat their food again and again.

The longer we work, the more we want to sleep. Infants and toddlers have high sleep pressure, so they sleep frequently during the day and night.

If you don’t let your child play, don’t interrupt his wakefulness, and repeatedly try to put him to sleep, he will refuse to sleep, which will be a waste of time for you.

Similarly, if you keep him awake with you and spend much time with him on hobbies, he will remain tired, which has many disadvantages. You have to balance the baby’s sleep and wake up.

When is the best time for wake windows for babies?

My babies are quite fussy in the first four months, and even after my best efforts, they can’t get into a routine; no matter how hard I try, they roll over and sleep through the day and wake up at night, and when it comes to just waking up, it’s still fine. But they also cry while waking up. And until I wake up, sleep, and calm down the baby, my condition becomes like a zombie in the morning. No matter how much eye serum you use, the dark circles will not disappear. Ah!😭

The sleeping period of a 4-month-old baby is long, which makes it difficult to set any routine. The mother begins to understand the baby’s sleep time by four months. Babies take naps, too, so that’s the best time to start creating baby nap times. And you can easily begin to wake windows.

my baby try to fall asleep after waking up all night and i am damn tired

You have to understand your baby’s sleep signals

Understanding your baby’s sleep cues will make it easier for you to expand your baby’s wake window. Until you understand your baby’s sleep cues, you’ll either keep them awake or try to put them to sleep repeatedly.

I will tell you the signals I used to understand my baby’s sleep, and many mothers have been guided by the signals I have told you. I am sure these signals will help you know your baby’s wake window.

  • Yawning: Yawning is a sign of tiredness for everyone, young and old, and it’s a clear sign that your baby is ready to enter the valleys of sleep.
  • Crying: This happens in very few children but my children used to cry themselves to sleep. 
  • Less interest in the surroundings: As the child gets tired and wants to sleep, he loses interest in his surroundings with his toys. 
  • Swallow or Red eyes: From staying awake for too long and going to sleep, you will notice that the lower part of the eyes turns red and slightly swollen from the normal routine, which is an important sign of sleep.
  • Slowing down: As sleep dominates the child, the children become slow in their movements. Their mischief is reduced. Movement is reduced. 
  • Irritable.: Children are confused to sleep, if you try to open with them, they are annoyed instead of happy.
  • Sucking thumb: A sign of sleep for some babies is that they start sucking their thumb or finger to calm themselves.

Most of the children do not sleep because of their teething pain, read this article on how to help a teething baby to sleep.

Every child is unique; waking and sleeping times are different. These symptoms are given for an estimate. But some children also use these signs when hungry, restless, or sick. You need to know your baby’s wake window and how long he is awake after going to sleep. Many people count the waking hours from taking the baby out of the crib to putting it back in it.

But I count from when the baby’s eyes open until the eyes are closed. This time estimate is for you to determine. And it has to be set according to the age of the baby.

Wake window by baby’s age

Depending on the age, the wake window of children varies, and the wake window also changes with their growth. After a lot of research by my team and me, I will tell you the age-wise of Wake Windows.

i analye and experienced the wake windows by my two childs.

  • Newborn ( 0 t0 4 months)

Newborn babies sleep a lot in the first twelve weeks and wake up for a very short time, usually 45 to 120 minutes.

Wake window; 45 minutes to 2 hours

Per day naps; on-demand

24 hours of sleep; 14 to 17 hours

You need to know when does newborn stage ends to schedule your baby’s wake window or sleeping time routine.

  • 4 to 6 month old

By 4 to 6 months, babies’ waking windows increase to 180 minutes, and they start taking three naps daily. The first and last naps are slightly longer than the naps in this stage baby starts to explore things around him and starts learning crawling.

Wake window ; 2.5 hours

Per day naps ; 3

24 hours of sleep; 13 to 15 hours

  • 6 to 9 month old

A nine-month-old baby’s waking window will be 3 to 4 hours.

Wake window; 3-4

Per day naps; 2

24 hours of sleep; 13- 14

  • 9 to 12 months old

Some days from nine to 12 months, they take 3 naps, but my children sleep less, so they used to sleep only once a day. And their waking windows will increase to 3-4 hours.

Wake window; 3-4

Per day naps; 2

24 hours of sleep; 13 – 14

  • 12 to 18 months old

Children at this age take a nap every day. But often this nap is expensive for the parents because then they stay up late at night.

Wake window; 4 to 6 hours

Per day naps; 2

 24 hours of sleep; 13 to 14 hours

  • 18 to 16 months

At this age, your child takes a nap every day and his routine is pretty much set.

Wake window ; 4 – 6 hours

Per day naps; 1

24 hours of sleep; 13 to 14 hours


Depending on the age, you have to understand your baby’s wake windows; your little one’s sleep is very important for his growth, development, and development. By sleeping and waking up on time, your baby will stay fresh, his mood will be cheerful, and he will be able to eat food and drink well.

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