How to Help Your 2 Month-Old Sleep Well

baby sleeping through the night guide


8-11 week infant sleep tipsOn a recent Facebook Live call, I was speaking to Madeline, mom of 10-week old Molly. She described her daily routine for helping baby Molly sleep. This included HOURS bouncing her on a yoga ball or walking her around the living room and sometimes driving around in the middle of the night!

Whoa! Night driving?! I felt so sad and exhausted for Madeline. Life with a new baby is definitely tiring, overwhelming and non-stop. But helping your 2 month-old baby sleep well shouldn’t include hours of driving at night.

In fact, getting your 2 month-old baby sleeping well can be pretty simple when you stick to a few important points.

8-11 weeks old is a great age to gently introduce healthy sleep habits. Sometimes, all you have to do is change around your routine or add in a small sleep prop, and baby starts sleeping better right away!

The best way to decrease any stress and frustration over your baby’s sleep is knowing what you can expect from a 2 month-old. The first section of this article goes over your baby’s sleep needs. It tells you what you can reasonably expect so you’re not unintentionally asking too much of your baby.

The second section of this article has sleep tips that have been proven to help 2 month-olds sleep better. These are things you can do (or products you can get) that will have a dramatic impact on your baby’s sleep.

And we all know, when baby sleeps well, mama sleeps well. Let’s get you there!

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Your 2 month-old baby’s sleep needs


  1. Awake times
  2. Naps
  3. Night feeds
  4. Bedtime
  5. Total sleep each day


Your 2 month-old can stay awake only 1-2 hours at a time


Your 8-11 week old infant has a biological need to sleep often. Every 1-2 hours, in fact! Sleeping this often keeps baby from getting over-stimulated, which could make him fussy, restless and unable to settle down for sleep.

Once your baby has been awake for almost an hour, keep an eye out for his sleepy signs. Once you see them, prepare baby for a nap.

Sleepy signs:

  • activity slows & baby quiets down
  • loses interest in people and toys
  • stares off in space / eyes glaze over
  • rubs eyes
  • gets fussy all of a sudden
  • yawns
  • wants to feed


Related: How To Get Your Newborn On A Sleep Schedule


 Your 2 month-old will take several naps each day


Most 8-11 week-olds take 3-5 naps everyday. Your baby’s nap length will determine how many naps he takes. If he always naps less than one hour, he’ll need more naps to make it through the day. If he takes long naps of 1+ hours, he’ll need fewer naps.

The number of naps each day isn’t important. What’s most important is that your baby naps often (every 1-2 hours) and is happy between sleeps.

Short & unpredictable naps are common at this age, so try not to stress about them!


Related: Is It Safe for My Baby to Sleep with a Lovey?


 Your 2 month-old still needs to eat at night


It’s a good idea to first talk with your baby’s doctor about how long he can go overnight between feeds.

Assuming your baby is growing and gaining weight as he should, this is typically the age where you don’t need to wake your baby during the night to feed. (But please check with your doctor first!)

Most healthy 2 month-olds can get by with 2-3 night feeds. This means your baby will go 3.5-5 hours between feeds overnight. This is welcome news for tired parents who are up feeding their baby every 2 hours!


RELATED: Easy Sleep Schedule for Your 3 Month Old


Your 2 month-old’s bedtime should fall between 8-10 pm


Bedtime for the newborn is naturally late- often as late as 11 pm! As your infant grows, he develops the ability to consolidate night sleep. (He learns to sleep more at night and less during the day.)

Your 2 month-old can be expected to sleep 8-10 hours at night. This doesn’t mean he can sleep 8-10 hours straight! Remember he still needs to eat at night. What this means is his “nighttime”- or the time he spends in bed at night- can be expected to be between 8-10 hours.

Because of this, bedtime typically falls between 8-10 pm. You don’t want to give your baby too early of a bedtime- he may wake for the day at 4 am! Instead, figure out what time your baby needs to wake in the morning and work backward to determine his ideal bedtime. Bedtime should move earlier over the next few months as baby begins sleeping more hours at night.


Related: 5 Tips for Moving Baby’s Bedtime Earlier


Your 2 month-old will sleep about 14-18 hours of every day


Babies this young need to sleep the majority of the day.

If your baby sleeps often and seems happy most of the time, you don’t need to keep track of how many hours he’s slept. I only recommend you track your baby’s sleep if you think there’s a problem- for example, if baby is continually fussy or awake for long periods day and night.

Baby Connect  and Glow Baby are great apps for tracking baby’s sleep.


1. Create a sleep-inducing space


Given how young your baby is, we want their sleep space to resemble the womb as much as possible. A sleep friendly space will help your baby sleep longer and deeper, which benefits both baby and mom.

My Exhausted Mom’s Starter Kit has my top 3 tips for getting your baby sleeping well. These tips are super gentle (don’t involve any sleep training) and best of all, you can easily start them tonight! 



2. Start a peaceful bedtime routine


A bedtime routine is a series of activities that you do each evening to relax your baby and help him settle to sleep. Repeating the same activities at the same time each night has been proven to help children fall asleep quicker and sleep better overnight. 

Certain activities help babies unwind, while others can be stimulating. You want to make sure you’re doing the right ones! My Exhausted Mom’s Starter Kit walks you through setting up a peaceful bedtime routine that will lull your baby to sleep, so easily. Plus, it includes a free (super cute) printable bedtime routine you can hang on the wall!


Related: 4 Tips for Surviving Your First Year as a Mom


3. Swaddle your baby


The womb is not only as loud as a vacuum cleaner, it’s also a tight and cosy space. We’re trying to mimic the womb so that the familiarity will relax baby and help him sleep well.

Most newborns love being swaddled for sleep. Your baby’s startle reflex can wake him often. So a restrictive, yet cosy swaddle dampens your baby’s startle reflex, preventing it from waking him.

I recommend you swaddle your 2 month-old for naps and night sleep. This is my article on Baby Sleep Made Simple’s tested & reviewed sleep sacks!

Your baby can be swaddled for sleep for several months, which is exactly how long his startle reflex is present. The best swaddle blankets I’ve found are the Miracle Blanket, Halo and Aden + Anais.

Maybe you tried swaddling your newborn and he didn’t seem to like it. In this case, I recommend a tight and cosy sleep sack. It keeps your baby feeling snug but isn’t as restrictive as a swaddle blanket. The Love to Dream and Woombie are great because baby’s arms aren’t kept at his sides. They’re up closer to his chest, which many babies prefer.

[Important Note:] Once your baby begins rolling, it’s dangerous to swaddle him for sleep. Instead, transition him to a swaddle transition blanket like the Zipadee Zip.


Swaddle Blankets & Sleep Sacks

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Miracle Blanket


Aden + Anais

Love To Dream



5. Help your baby avoid day/night confusion 


Your baby’s circadian rhythm develops between 6 weeks-3 months old. This is your baby’s “body clock” and it’s what causes him to sleep more at night and less during the day.

Much of this development is pre-programmed, but there are certainly things you can do now to encourage your baby to consolidate his night sleep. Especially if your 1-2 month old is awake for hours in the night.

During the day:

  • Keep the lights on & curtains open.
  • Allow normal household noises during feeds & play time.
  • Take your baby out for errands, stroll, play dates, etc…
  • Keep baby awake during feeds to encourage him to take big feeds.

For naps:

  • Dim the lights & close the curtains when home. Baby doesn’t need silence and complete darkness.
  • For naps on-the-go (stroller, carrier) you may need to reduce noise and natural light. But follow your baby’s lead. Some little ones can nap in a noisy cafe just fine!
  • Wake baby after a 2 hour nap and give him a feed. Make sure he’s awake at least 30-60 minutes until his next nap.

During the night:

  • Keep overhead lights & bright lamps OFF. Instead, use the flashlight on your phone for diaper changes.
  • For night wakings, keep the room as dark as possible. First, change baby’s diaper. Then, re-swaddle him. Finally, feed with the lights off.
  • When baby is awake at night, stay quiet and boring. Any stimulation or play could encourage baby to stay awake.


Helping your 2 month-old sleep well is a matter of knowing his sleep needs and implementing a few tried-and-true sleep tips. I hope this article was helpful to you.

If you’re having specific sleep struggles, check out my resources below. Good luck to you! 


If You’re Having Specific Sleep Struggles…


2 month old sleep tips


My baby naps on my chest. Is this ok? 


Stop swaddling baby: when & how

a guide for parents to help their baby sleep better

Let’s stay connected!


  1. Jasmine

    I’ve been putting by baby to bed at 6.30-7pm for about 5 weeks now (he’s about 2.5 months old). I’ve suspected it’s too early for bedtime at this age as we have him waking hourly between 4 and 6am like you’ve suggested on your website.
    However, were I to move his bedtime later (to the 8-10pm bedtime that you’ve suggested) I would be shifting it earlier again in no time as we’re nearing the 3 month mark now.
    Shall we just power through the next few weeks with early morning wakes or should I be moving his bedtime later for now and making it earlier again over time?
    Hope this makes sense

    • Alyssa Taft

      Hello Jasmine,

      I think it is really up to you and your preference! Are you in an area the celebrates daylight savings? This occurs next month and will also shift everything an hour!

      Alyssa, BSMS Support Team

  2. Sabrina

    Hello. I’ve read so many different tips and advice on getting baby to sleep better and yours really is straightforward, I appreciate that. I am curious, and again, have read and heard so many different things, when should you put baby down in his crib for nap and bedtime: drowsy or sleeping? We are having a really hard time with this when it comes to getting our 2 month old to sleep. He falls asleep in arms then the moment he touches the crib, he’s wide awake. I’m assuming drowsy is best but how do I get him to relax and get to sleep? Thank you.

    • Leena

      Hi Sabrina! I completely understand your struggle!
      You’re right on the nose about getting him to relax so he can fall asleep relaxed. This age based sleep guide has specific tips to help your baby settle easier and sleep better. Also here is a video on the drowsy but awake technique from Jilly’s YT Channel:

      Many babies younger than 5 months old don’t yet have the ability to settle themselves to sleep. They’re still young! So if you’ve tried putting your baby down drowsy to fall asleep on her own and it never seems to work, that’s ok. Keep helping your baby fall asleep for now. And once he turns 5 months you can be confident they can learn to self-settle to sleep, which will lead to longer stretches of sleep for all of you! Our program, 21 Days to Peace & Quiet walks you through it all. We offer 4 different step-by-step methods for you to choose from (from super gentle & gradual to quick & efficient.) Each step of the way you get advice based on your baby’s developmental stage, energy levels, and temperament.

      You enroll on this page:

      Last but not least, I would recommend starting our FREE Exhausted Mom’s Survival Kit which will help you create a Peaceful Nightly Ritual for your LO, honestly it can become your favourite bonding time of the day!

      Hope these help! / Leena, BSMS Support Team

  3. Daniel

    Hi Jilly,

    Your website has helped me so much I have tried to use so called experts before and never found they helped much. You break things down into simple easy to follow steps that have actually helped my family get the sleep we so desperately needed. And this particular guide was perfect !! Thanks Again Daniel

    • Leena

      Hi Daniel! That’s great to hear! Thank you for sharing your experience and the positive vibes! / Leena, BSMS Support Team

  4. Nina Sejdini

    Hi Jillie!

    Love all your tips and sleep guide for 2 month old. He sleeps well during the night and doing all the tips you have mentioned already. We are just struggling to get him to sleep during the day for his naps. He is fussy, has tummy pains and just doesnt wanna sleep unless its on me. Please help:) Thank you!

    • Jilly Blankenship

      Hi Nina,

      I’m so happy you like this sleep guide!

      Naps can be short and inconsistent for babies younger than 6 months. Totally normal, yet exhausting..

      The best thing you can do is follow his awake times and sleepy signs. Any time you see his energy decrease, a “zoned out” look, yawn, puffy eyes or fussiness, try to get him down for a nap.

      Just know that sometimes he’ll go down easily and other times he won’t. He’s still so young and his systems are immature. You do the best you can!

      You can wear him in a baby carrier like the Ergo ( or Bjorn (facing in towards you – for naps. So you get to hold him “hands free.” Also try bicycling his legs throughout the day to help relieve trapped gas. Tummy time (supervised and awake) can also help with gas.

      I hope this helps,


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