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. In addition, 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. 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.
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 own schedule depending on who they are, here is an example of a toddler’s sleep schedule. You can adjust if needed.
Also, it’s important you try to be as consistent with this schedule as possible. Sometimes, your toddler may have a problem with a schedule that changes.
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.
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.
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.
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. Afterwards, give them a nice little snack.
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.
Bathtime And Bedtime
Around 7-7:30, it’s time for bath and bed. They’re going to sleep for a long time, so you better 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. Night night.
It All Depends
With that said, your schedule will all depend on your own 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. They can help you with any questions or concerns you may have about the schedule or anything else you have.
Common Problems With The Schedule
With that said, let’s look at a couple 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?
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 switch to one nap.
Take the transition slow. Move the morning nap up a little bit each week until there is just one long nap. Dropping it altogether 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.
- 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 maybe cranky, but they will be crankier if their sleep schedule is thrown off.
- 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 have 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.
A good schedule can help the toddler develop more. A toddler needs plenty of naps so they grow up to be the best person possible. Make sure your toddler is napping well 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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