12 Month Old Sleep Schedule (Tried, Tested and Trusted!)

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 08/17/22 •  9 min read  •  Baby » Baby Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your baby onto a regular 12 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make creating and maintaining it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 12 Month Old Sleep?

Sample 12 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 12 months old, your baby will be sleeping through the night and they will be having 2 naps a day.

The afternoon nap will typically be longer than the morning nap, but that will depend on how busy your child’s day has been.

Here’s a sample 12 month old sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your baby’s day may flow:

12 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 1 year old sleep schedule is a guideline and will differ from baby to baby. As you become more in tune with your baby’s needs and learn what works for them, you will find a sleep schedule that meets your needs.

Nap Schedule For 12 Month Old Baby

Here’s a quick reference for a 12 month old nap schedule to help you visualise your baby’s daytime sleep habits:

Nap Schedule For A 12 Month Old Baby

How Often Should A 12 Month Old Sleep?

Your 12 month old will sleep every 3 to 4 hours.

Depending on when your baby wakes up and goes to bed, this usually means your child will have 2 naps per day.

Is 12 Months Too Early For One Nap?

Typically… Yes, 12 months is too early for one nap.

While some 1 year olds can get by on one nap a day… most will not transition to a one nap schedule until they are 14 to 16 months of age. 

How Long Should A 1 Year Old Nap During The Day?

Your 12 month old will require between 2 to 3 hours of nap time during the day split between two naps… A shorter morning nap and a longer afternoon one. 

I would not recommend letting your 12 month old sleep for longer than 2 hours in the afternoon as you run the risk of it impacting their bedtime. 

Equally, the morning nap should not be longer than 1½ hours to ensure that your little one is ready for their afternoon nap. 

TOP TIP: The morning nap can be as short as half an hour depending on your little one’s individual needs and what time they wake in the morning.

12 Month Old Sleep Regression

At 12 months old, you may notice your baby goes through a sleep regression…

This is not uncommon as many children will go through a 12 month sleep regression due to it being a time in your baby’s life where lots of important developmental milestones are being reached. 

The combination of learning to walk, starting to talk and a whole host of other emotional and cognitive developments can make this a tricky time for managing sleep both in the day and at night.

If your little one’s well established sleep schedule no longer gets your baby to sleep then it is very likely that they are experiencing a sleep regression. 

Take a look at my post The 12 Month Sleep Regression for lots of helpful information on how to survive this common sleep problem without undoing all of your hard work to get your little one on a sleep schedule!

12 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 12 month old sleep schedule will make your day much easier to manage because after all… Everything starts and ends with sleep!

Here are some of my top sleep tips to make creating and maintaining a 12 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

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Common 12 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your baby may encounter when establishing and maintaining a 12 month old sleep schedule are:

Frequently Asked Questions About A 12 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 12 month sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

What Time Should A 12 Month Old Go To Bed?

Bedtime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers does not really change. 

For a 12 month old sleep schedule, your baby should be in bed with the lights out by 7pm.

If you want to adjust your schedule to make bedtime a little later you must change your daily nap times accordingly.

But no matter what… your baby should not be in bed any later than 8pm.

What Time Do Most 1 Year Olds Wake Up?

Depending on what time you’re putting your 1 year old to bed, they will normally wake after 10 to 12 hours of sleep.

For example: If your little one is in bed by 7pm I would anticipate them waking between 6am and 7am the following morning.

Is a 3 Hour Nap Too Long For A 1 Year Old?

If your 1 year old is only having one nap a day then a 3 hour long nap is absolutely fine. 

However, most 1 year olds still need 2 naps to get through the day and so I would recommend that they sleep for no longer than 1 hour in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.

TOP TIP: Getting the balance right is the key as too little day time sleep will impact on your child’s ability to sleep at night if they’re overtired. The same is also true of too much daytime sleep too late in the day.

Sleep Schedules Further Reading

Here are some more sleep schedules to help you get the most out of helping your little one sleep as best they can.

After all…

Sleep breeds sleep!

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Paula McLaren

Paul Mclaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the child care industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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