I love kids, I have spent most of my life working with them, and 6 months was always a favorite stage for me with my own children, due to them developing more of their personality, having a more established routine, and more excitingly, starting solids!
Let's just take a little look at What sleep should look like at 6 months, Where the naps should fall, How long they should be for, and What the variables are, around sleep, so that you can do your best to have consistency overnight.
How Much Sleep At 6 Months?
The average overnight range on sleep is usually in the 10-12 hour window. I know that you may think that everyone else baby sleeps 12 hours, and everyone tells you that their baby sleeps 12 hours, but I can PROMISE YOU that is not the case. Most children actually sleep in the 10.5-11 hr range. As much as we would love them to sleep 12 hrs nightly, it's really not realistic to expect that from them. It's actually only around 5% of babies who sleep 12 hrs on a regular basis.
How Many Naps At 6 Months?
This is a little more tricky, as 6 months is an age where some babies are getting ready to transition to 2 naps a day where some clearly still need 3.
A nap is anything that is over an hour, so a baby taking 2 naps, will need to accumulate on average, around 3 hours of daytime sleep combined.
Either 2 naps of 1.5 hrs or 1 nap of 1 hour and 1 nap of 2 hours. For those babies who are taking 3 naps still, the amount of sleep may be slightly higher, but your third nap should be short, as it's going to be removed soon, so cap it at 5 pm or 30 minutes.
The longest I see a baby hold onto 3 naps is 9 months of age, and in most cases, it is when the second nap is unpredictable in length and isn't making it past 1 hour in length.