What Is A 13 Month Old Nap Schedule You Should Consider Trying?

Baby sleep patterns are all over the place, sometimes. And while most of us understand how important a good sleep schedule is for our children, we don’t always know how to go about getting them on one or what the best schedules routines might look like. From falling asleep, to safety sleep measures, to dealing with night wakings, and when to transition to one nap a day, there’s a lot to consider.

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When your child hits 13 months, it’s quite a milestone. They are sleeping much less than a newborn, but they still need quite a bit of sleep. How much sleep do they need, and what is a good nap schedule to try? Let’s discuss this, and pinpoint the ideal nap schedule they should have. 

Just How Much Sleep Does A 13-Month-Old Need? 

A toddler who is 13-18 months needs lots of sleep. This is obvious, but you may not realize just how much sleep they need. At night, they need about 11¼ hours! That’s quite a lot. The sleep-deprived parents and workers of the world have to feel jealous. Also, they sleep 2½ hours in naps. To do this, they need two naps. So, in total, they need around 13¾ hours of sleep total. Toddlers need lots of sleep indeed. 

This is because they are still growing and developing. A toddler is learning how to walk, growing their teeth, trying out new foods. These developmental milestones require lots of work for the body and brain. Things that we take for granted cost a lot of energy for a toddler so make sure that your loved one is equipped to handle everything life throws at them.

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A Good Sleep Schedule

You may wonder what a day in the life of a toddler is. While every parent is going to have their schedule depending on who they are, here is an example of a toddler’s sleep schedule. You can adjust if needed. 

Also, you must try to be as consistent with this schedule as possible. Sometimes, your toddler may have a problem with a schedule that changes. That’s not to say that you can’t stray from your baby sleep schedule if you need to for day to day things that come up, but don’t abandon it altogether. For instance, if you have something you need to be away from the house for during one of the nap times, it’s ok to go do that rather than skip it so your child can take a nap. All of our schedules, routines, and daily task lists have to be interrupted sometimes by other things that come up. You can always switch up the bedtime routine a little if you need to and put your child down a little early to make up for the missed nap. 

Wake-Up 

Your toddler wakes up. Let’s say this is at 7-7:30 AM. Good morning, little one. Time to eat. This is when you feed a toddler a nice meal to get past the day. Understand that the wake time can be different. It doesn’t have to be exactly like this example. Also, wake up time may change from day to day.

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Naptime 

This will be two hours later, so around the 9-9:30 AM range. Your kid has been up for two hours, and its naptime already? Feed your little one a snack and unwind with some soft music, a dark room, and some nice covers. Good night, or morning in this case. They should sleep for about an hour when they’re still taking two naps a day.

Lunchtime!

Lunchtime is a good time. This is usually around 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Feed them a nice, nutritious lunch and make sure they’re having a good time. This can include solid foods, as well as breast milk if you’re still nursing your child. You may be past that, and in that case you can serve some cow’s milk along with the solid foods. 

Naptime Again 

An hour or so after lunch, so around 12:30-1:30 PM, it’s time for the second nap. This nap will be a little longer. Around 90 minutes, or 2ish hours if they are a one napper. Afterward, give them a nice little snack. 

Dinnertime!

Who doesn’t love dinner? Around 5-5:30 PM, it’s time for dinner. Feed them a nice meal and enjoy some family time. This is a good time for some family bonding. At dinner, solid foods with their family will make your little one feel connected with everyone else eating solid food.

Bathtime And Bedtime

Around 7-7:30, it’s time for a bath and bed. They’re going to sleep for a long time, so it’s time to start to unwind them. If your kid has been playing for a lot, they may feel a little wound up, making it harder to go to sleep. Give them a nice, relaxing bath. Read them a story. No electronics. Just a quiet environment and a way for your baby to relax. Falling asleep can be tough when kids don’t have a bedtime routine that is calming. Time for a good night sleep. Night night. 

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It All Depends 

With that said, your schedule will all depend on your schedule. If you need to make adjustments to this schedule, feel free to. Remember to keep it consistent, though. Toddlers don’t like it when their routine is messed with. They may grow mad over a missed nap, and no one wants that! 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s schedule, it’s time to talk to your pediatrician or pediatric sleep specialist. They can help you with any questions or concerns you may have about the schedule or anything else you have. Many parents work with a sleep expert who can help them develop a good bedtime routine, a sleep training month schedule, and to work out any pediatric sleep problems. 13 month old sleep problems are common, so a sleep expert may be just what you need.

Common Problems With The Schedule  

With that said, let’s look at a couple of problems. 

  • My Toddler Won’t Take Their Nap! 

Do you have a toddler who just won’t take one of their naps? They struggle to fall asleep and want to play more. Is your toddler around 15 months? Have they been doing this for a few weeks? Has the whole month schedule for naps been off? That may very well be a sign.

In that case, they may need just one nap, not two. Your kid may just need an afternoon nap. If they are showing resistance to their nap after a few weeks, then you may want to switch to one nap. 

Take the transition slowly. Move the morning nap up a little bit each week until there is just one long nap. Dropping it all together can lead to some mood problems as well as overtiredness. 

Overtiredness is when someone hasn’t had enough sleep and paradoxically has trouble falling asleep at night, as a result, so make sure you see the signs. You don’t want to see your baby having trouble falling asleep at night. If you’re struggling with over tiredness because your little one is transitioning away from two naps, don’t wake them up when they fall asleep during the day at weird times. Some parents will do this to try to change their 13 month old sleep schedule more quickly. The crankiness you’ll have to deal with just isn’t worth it. It’s also hard on your child and could mess with some of the developmental milestones that are supposed to be happening.

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  • My Toddler Is Sleeping In 

We all sleep in sometimes, but you may wonder if your toddler sleeping in on their nap or bedtime is a good mood. If it’s time to wake up, and your toddler is fast asleep, should you let them sleep more? It all depends. 

A little bit of sleeping in isn’t a bad thing, but if it’s been longer than 30 minutes, time to wake up. Your toddler may be cranky, but they will be crankier if their sleep schedule is thrown off. When things get really out of whack for your toddler, they could start experiencing night wakings and other unwanted affects. Try not to let them get too far from their normal wake up time.

  • It Doesn’t Work For My Schedule 

We all have different schedules, and you should have at least one parent who can keep up. If either of you has problems, consider a sitter or someone to help you out. A family who has an inconsistent schedule may not see anything wrong with it, but a toddler needs a consistent schedule if they want to have the best life. Baby sleep is about much more than whether they’re just tired or not. A 13 month old sleep schedule is about health and supplying the energy for developmental milestones. Not adhering to an appropriate 13 month old sleep schedule could be detrimental to your little one’s health.

Conclusion

A good schedule can help the toddler develop more. Developmental milestones are what the pediatrician uses to gauge how your child is doing. A toddler needs plenty of naps, so they grow up to be the best person possible. Make sure your toddler is napping well while you’re using good safety sleep measures, and you will benefit from it too, as it’s pure peace and quiet when your little one is in bed. 

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FAQs On 13 Month Old Nap Schedule

How many naps should a 13-month-old take?
A 13-month-old nap schedule should consist of two naps. Each of them should last no more than 1.5 hours. You should try to adhere, as much as possible, to your baby sleep schedule for your baby’s benefit.

How long should my 13-month-old be awake between naps?
A 13-month-old should be awake for 3-4 hours between naps. This way, they will be able to sleep well at night. Generally, your child’s wake up time should be about the same from day to day.

What is a good nap schedule for a 1-year-old?
A good nap schedule for a 1-year-old is similar to a 13 month old nap schedule. They should get a total of two naps every day.

How long after the last nap is bedtime?
The distance between the last nap and bedtime depends on the baby’s age. Babies between 10 and 18 months should take their nap 3 or 4 hours before bedtime. The age your baby is will certainly determine when the last nap should be, though. When it’s time to start cutting down to only one nap a day, that nap may have to be earlier in the day.

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Should I wake my baby from a late nap?
If you have a very young infant, you need not wake them from a late nap. However, doing so may be necessary if they are past 12 months. Sometimes it can take a child a longer time to fall asleep, causing them to sleep later. That’s ok from time to time. 

How late is too late for naps?
You cannot let your baby take a nap 20 or 30 minutes before bedtime. That will be too late for them, generally. If your child falls asleep this close to bedtime, they may just need to go to bed for the night. Try to make sure this doesn’t happen a lot, though. This can lead to night wakings if it happens frequently.

Is the baby napping too much?
Know that babies below the age of 1 tend to nap 2-3 times. Once they get slightly older than that, it maybe 1-2 times. Your baby may be napping too much if they sleep more than the said times at a given age. If you try to cut back on naps and you find that your child is falling asleep when they shouldn’t be, then you should just allow for more sleep. Some kids require more sleep than others. 

The other thing you can look at if you think your child is too sleep and falls asleep more than they should is how many solid foods you’re giving them. They may not be getting the fuel their body needs to help them stay awake as much as they should. Serve dinner solid foods so your child has a full belly of fuel to get them through the rest of the evening. Solid foods have more fuel than liquid foods, so it should keep them from having to fall asleep before it’s time for the bedtime routine.

When should babies’ most extended nap be?
Babies’ longest nap should take place during their first months of infancy. It can range from 4-8 hours during the day. Then you can start working on sleep training to get a good nap schedule going for your family’s benefit. 

What if the baby takes a late nap?
If a baby takes a late nap, it may be difficult for them to sleep at night. To avoid that, you may have to keep them awake until bedtime comes. If you have to adjust the bedtime routine a little bit so your child falls asleep at a time that will allow for a good wake up time in the morning, that’s ok every once in a while.

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Do naps count towards hours of sleep?
Short naps do not count as sleep. However, hours of napping may count as such.

What is the shortest nap you should take?
The shortest nap should take ten minutes. This is what people fondly call as a power nap.

Is a 2-hour nap too long?
No, a 2-hour nap is not too long, considering it is not close to bedtime. If it is, then you may need to cut it short.

Do babies sleep better at night if they nap?
Yes, babies tend to sleep better at night if they nap during the day. Just be sure that it does not take too long so that it does not disrupt their bedtime.

13 Month Old Nap Schedule Other Resources

https://www.babysleep.com/sleep-advice/month-13/

https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/toddler-schedule/

https://sleeplady.com/toddler-sleep-problems/thirteen-to-eighteen-month-old-sleep-schedule/

Last Updated on April 25, 2021 by Marie Miguel

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