See how long a 2 month old wake window is and get tips for how to help your newborn sleep better.

2 month old wake window

When your baby reaches about 8 weeks old, they start to come out of their sleepy newborn haze. They seem more alert and awake during the day, and it’s simultaneously so cute and so much more work. 

Thankfully, this is the age when you can start using the concept of wake windows with regularity—up until this point, sleep is pretty sporadic and just happens when it happens!

What does a 2-month-old wake window look like for your newborn? Let’s talk about it!

To help you better, start by downloading my free baby sleep calculator to see when nap time and bed time should be based on your baby’s age. Click here to grab that, it’ll be super helpful.

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How Long Can a 2-Month-Old Stay Awake?

Around 8 weeks old, your baby will be able to stay awake for up to 60 minutes at a time.

Keep in mind that if your baby was a preemie, it might take them a little longer to work up to that amount of time.

Your 2-month old will likely still be showing baby sleep cues. You can pair those cues with wake windows to optimize your baby’s sleep.

By the time your baby is 3 months old, they may be ready to transition to a slightly longer wake window. But for now, don’t push it!

The 2-month-old wake window starts from the time your baby opens their eyes until they close them for their next nap, and will last about 60 minutes.

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2-Month-Old Wake Windows & Feedings

It probably feels like your 2-month-old baby is constantly feeding. At this age, babies need to eat a lot! So do wake windows include feeding time?

The answer is yes—wake windows at any age include time spent feeding.

I know that your newborn probably gets pretty sleepy (or even falls asleep!) when they’re nursing or bottle feeding at this age. Sometimes it’s hard to identify the line between awake and asleep when they’re feeding!

My advice for new parents is to do your best to keep your baby somewhat alert and awake while they’re eating. Tickle their toes, gently move their arms and legs, or softly tap the bottom of their chin as they feed.

The more awake your baby is while feeding, the easier it will be for them to settle into a longer sleep cycle with a full tummy.

How Long Can a 2 Month Old Go Between Feedings?

Most 2 month olds need to eat every 2.5–3 hours during the day.

Make sure to feed your baby on demand, especially while feedings are still getting established.

If you’re feeding baby full feeds and prioritizing sleep, they’ll likely fall into a pattern of eating every 2.5–3 hours naturally.

How Long Can a 2 Month Old Sleep at Night without Feeding?

There is a lot of variation at this age. Most 2 month olds can go between 3–8 hours at night without feeding.

I know that’s a huge range!

Babies start sleeping longer stretches at their own pace. And while there are things you can do to help them sleep better, 1–3 night feeds is still very normal at this age.

Your 2-month old may still be sorting out their day and night confusion and may wake up frequently at night to feed.

It can take 2 to 4 months for your baby’s circadian rhythm to fully develop. Use white noise and blackout curtains to create a dark room. And remember that night waking is developmentally appropriate at this age.

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Sleep and Feed Schedules for Every Age

Take away the stress of figuring out your baby’s sleep needs. With the Baby Sleep Schedule Binder, you’ll get sleeping and feeding schedules that you can implement for every age, even if you currently have no routine in place. Check out the Baby Sleep Schedule Binder here.

How Many Naps Should a 2-Month-Old Take?

Naps will be sporadic at this age and short naps are common.

Instead of focusing on how many naps your baby needs, focus on their wake windows instead.

If you put your baby down for sleep after each wake window, you’ll be prioritizing their day sleep and ensuring they don’t get overtired.

If your baby doesn’t get enough sleep during the day, they’re likely to get less sleep at night. I know it seems counterintuitive, but the more sleep your baby gets, the better they sleep—sleep begets sleep.

Since naps are so frequent, don’t stress too much about incorporating a nap routine with your little one. Just do something short and sweet before nap time if you can squeeze it in. Even a quick diaper change can do the trick!

Contact naps are also very common at this age. It’s okay if your baby is napping on you a lot. It will take time for them to be able to sleep on their own.

2 month old sleep schedule

2-Month-Old Sleep Schedule

The 2-month-old sleep schedule incorporates wake windows that are each one hour long. It also includes a cat nap as the last nap of the day, to carry baby through to bedtime without getting too overtired.

Keep in mind that your baby’s naps may not be this long. Short naps are common since newborn sleep is still erratic at the 2-month mark.

It may take time for your baby to take longer naps and a set schedule may not develop until later.

If your baby only naps 30 or 45 minutes, you can either extend the nap by letting them nap on you, or start a new wake window.

7:00 am: Wake up + nurse or bottle

8:00-9:30 am: Nap

10:30 am-11:30 a.m.: Nap

12:30–2:00 p.m. — Nap

2:00-4:00 pm: Nap

3:00-5:00 p.m. — Nap

6:00-7:00 pm: — Nap

7:30 pm: Start baby’s bedtime routine

8:00 p.m.: Bedtime

Video on Baby Wake Windows

Watch the video below where Amy will answer the most frequently asked questions surrounding baby wake windows. Sometimes it helps to hear someone explain them versus reading a blog post.

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2 Month Old Wake Window

Is It okay to wake a 2 month old from a nap?

Yes, I recommend feeding your baby every 2.5–3 hours during the day to make sure they get filled up before night time.

If your 2 month old was awake for 1 hour, and then took a 2 hour nap, I recommend waking them soon to stay on track to feed every 3 hours or so.

Can a 2-month-old wake window be 2 hours long?

The reality is that a 2-hour wake window is too much time for your 2-month-old. 

If you keep them awake for two hours at this age, you risk dealing with an overtired baby. Overtiredness will wreak havoc on your baby’s ability to fall asleep later on.

Your baby’s wake windows will get longer, I promise. It’s just a matter of time!

The 3-month-old wake window will extend to about 1.5 hours, but most babies aren’t ready for a 2-hour wake window until they’re closer to 4 or 5 months old.

What are 2 month old wake windows at night?

There is no such thing as wake windows at night for any age. If your baby needs a feed in the middle of the night, keep the stimulation low. Feed your baby and get them back to sleep asap.

How many hours should a 2 month old sleep at night?

Your 2 month will sleep about 10–12 hours at night, but it won’t be uninterrupted sleep. It’s normal for your 2 month old to need 1–3 feeds in the middle of the night.

Questions about your 2-month old’s wake window? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll help you troubleshoot!

Amy Motroni

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