Mum-tested Tips To Help Your Baby Sleep Longer At Nap Time

Getting babies to sleep for longer is a common quest for most parents! Helping babies to sleep isn’t an exact science, but there are some things you can do to help your baby to sleep for longer. Give these tips and tricks a try and take some of the guesswork out of nap time.


If your baby frequently wakes up crying, grizzling, or screaming after 45 minutes of napping, it’s likely they’re still tired and need more sleep. Many babies grizzle or cry for a few minutes as they stir and wake, before resettling themselves back to sleep. This is quite normal and doesn't mean your baby is upset or ready to get up. How long you give your baby to resettle is completely up to you, depending on how hard your baby is crying and how old they are, a good rule of thumb is about 10 minutes.

You can also observe your baby and check for the following signs. If your baby is tired and probably needs more sleep they might be:

  • Grizzling
  • Have jerky leg movements
  • Wriggling
  • Have a fixed stare
  • Facial grimacing
  • Yawning

Swaddling is also an effective way to increase the length of day sleeps. If your baby uses his hands or fingers to soothe himself, then wrap with one arm out. One arm out is also good if you want to introduce a comforter.

White Noise

With newborns, white noise reminds them of the swooshing and gurgling noises they heard inside the womb for nine months. It was never quiet inside you, so it makes sense that babies find it hard to settle in a quiet room! Alternatively you can try playing soothing lullabies on repeat.

With babies over four months old, white noise can be very effective for helping with settling and encouraging longer sleeps. Using white noise can also mask distracting or loud sounds and provide a strong cue that it’s (still!) sleep time. As babies get older, they’re generally more alert prior to sleep time, so white noise can help them wind down. Play the white noise or lullabies when you put your baby down to nap and keep it on repeat through the sleep.

Dark room

Make sure baby’s room nice and dark even during the daytime (special blackout curtains are a great investment). Bright light can be stimulating and may remind them of all the other fun things there are to do instead of sleeping!


The dreamfeed is the feeding given to the baby right before you (mom or dad) go to bed, and it helps prevent the baby from waking up just after you finally drift off to sleep.

Isn’t this the pinnacle of sleep deprivation?

You just fall asleep and the baby wakes up.

The dreamfeed can help your newborn baby sleep for longer while you sleep. We used it until about age 4 months. After than time, it can start to disrupt sleep and create more nighttime waking.

Here’s an example of a newborn sleep schedule that we loosely used during the first 3-12 weeks.

  • 7 am – Wake up, eat, play
  • 8 am – Nap
  • 9:30 am – Wake up, eat, play
  • 10:30 am – Nap
  • 12:00 – Wake up, eat, play
  • 1:00 pm – Nap
  • 2:30 pm – Wake up, eat, play
  • 3:30 pm – Nap
  • 4:30 pm – Wake up, eat, play
  • 5:30 – Cat nap
  • 6:00 pm – Wake up, eat, play
  • 7:30 – Eat again (cluster feed), then down for the night.
  • 9:30 pm – Dreamfeed.
  • 9:30 pm – 7 am – night feeds as needed.

Generally if you can get a newborn to go 3-4 hour stretches during the night from birth to 6 weeks that is pretty good! From 6-12 weeks if you can get a 4-6 hour stretch that’s great. Some babies will go 8-9 hour stretches with the dream feed.

When most author’s taut “getting baby to sleep through the night” they are referring to a 6 hour stretch of sleep. A newborn’s stomach is very small and I typically like to feed at least 2.5 hours during the day, cluster feed in the evenings AND dreamfeed. The more calories you’re able to feed during the day, the less they may need at night.

Baby Sleep Miracle Program

If all of the above tips fails, you might wanna try Mary Ann's Baby Sleep Miracle program.

Mary-Ann Schuler is a child psychologist and parenting expert with over 20 years of experience. She and her program Baby Sleep Miracle have been featured in publications such as “Parenting Magazine”, “Easy Parenting”, “Parents” and many more.

Her posts on social media reach over 750,000 parents every month and she speaks on several conferences every year.

Here’s What You’ll Discover in This Program

  • Why you should never nurse or rock your toddler to sleep – and what to do instead
  • The secret of Refilling Your Child’s Love Tank and keeping him off breakdown lane for good
  • How to release your kid’s build-up anxiety in 5 minutes flat
  • The 7-steps to put any baby to sleep – even if he’s cranky and clingy and everything else failed
  • The California Institute of Technology’s surprising trick to boost your child’s secret sleep hormone to doze-off levels – 100% drug-free and safe at any age
  • Tips & tricks to get your baby sleep through fast
  • And much, much more!

Bonuses Included

  1. Bonus #1: The Night Terror Stopper
  2. Bonus #2: The Double-Trouble Sleeping Struggle
  3. Bonus #3: The Miracle Sounds


Learn These Tips for Getting Your New Baby to Sleep Alone Without Wearing Yourself Out in the Process!
This FREE eBook will be sent to the email address you submit below right away. Make sure to check your spam box.

We'll never share your email with anyone else.
Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy

Copyright © 2021. All Rights Reserved.