13 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Secret To Peaceful Nights

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 03/30/23 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your little one onto a regular 13 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make maintaining it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 13 Month Old Sleep?

13 Month Old Wake Window

At 13 months of age, your baby will have 3 to 4 hours of awake time between their naps.

This ensures that your baby has enough awake time during the day to meet their developmental milestones and to consume enough daytime calories to grow.

Sample 13 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 13 months old, your little one should be sleeping through the night with no issues and having 2 naps a day.

The afternoon nap is typically longer than the morning nap, but that will depend on how busy your child’s day has been and whether they are going through a nap transition.

Here is a sample 13 month old sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your baby’s day can flow:

13 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 13 month old sleep schedule is only a guideline and will differ from baby to baby. As you become more in tune with your child’s needs and learn what works for them, you will find a sleep schedule that will meet all of your needs and will ensure your baby is well-rested.

Nap Schedule For 13 Month Old

You may find that at 13-14 months old, your baby may struggle to settle for their morning nap, but will happily take a longer afternoon nap.

This is the beginning of a nap transition.

Not every child will go through this yet and most 13 month olds will still require 2 naps a day for the foreseeable.

Here’s a handy quick reference for a 13 month old nap schedule to help you visualise your child’s daytime sleep habits:

Nap Schedule For A 13 Month Old

How Long Should A 13 Month Old Nap?

Your 13 month old will require between 2 to 3 hours of nap time during the day.

I would not recommend letting your 13 month old sleep for longer than 2 hours in the afternoon as you run the risk of it impacting their bedtime.

Equally, if your baby is still having morning naps, they should not be longer than 1½ hours to ensure that your little one is ready for their afternoon nap.

How Many Naps For A 13 Month Old?

Most 13 month olds will need 2 naps a day… A shorter morning nap and a longer afternoon one.

However, this is the beginning of a nap transition phase from 2 naps to 1 and so be prepared for your little one to show signs of not wanting to nap twice a day every day.

If your baby does want to drop a nap, you should drop the morning nap first and ensure the afternoon nap is about 2 hours long.

Bedtime For 13 Month Old

As always, a regular and healthy bedtime routine is essential to your baby’s good night’s sleep. And for a 13 month old sleep schedule, your baby’s bedtime routine will consist of:

The entire bedtime routine should start between 6pm and 6.30pm and ideally, take no longer than 30 minutes.

REMEMBER: The bedtime routine should follow the same steps and be repeated at the same time every evening to ensure your 13 month old can recognise the signs that bedtime is coming to help them settle and fall asleep more easily.

Looking to get your little one to sleep quickly and effortlessly? Check out my Bedtime and Nap Cheat Sheet and master the art of making daytime naps and bedtimes as seamless as possible.

What Time Should A 13 Month Old Go To Bed?

Bedtime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers does not really change. For a 13 month old sleep schedule, your baby should be in bed with the lights out by 7pm.

If you want to adjust your schedule to have an earlier bedtime or to make it 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 to ensure your toddler gets enough sleep to support their brain’s growth and development as well as their physical development.

13 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 13 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 13 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

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Common 13 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your baby may encounter when establishing and maintaining a 13 month old sleep schedule are:

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Frequently Asked Questions About A 13 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 13 month sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Is 9pm Too Late For Toddler Bedtime?

Yes, 9pm is too late for a toddler’s bedtime. I believe that all babies and toddlers should be in bed around 7pm and certainly no later than 8pm.

Can A 13 Month Old Baby Sleep Through The Night?

Yes, a 13 month old can sleep through the night. However, if your 13 month old is waking regularly at night… consider not rushing to their side immediately when they wake, but rather waiting a short while to see if they will self-settle.

Is There A Sleep Regression At 13 Months?

Yes and no… Sleep regressions can occur at any age but there are certain times when they are more likely to happen.

Mainly at 4 months, 6 months, between 8 and 10 months and around 12 months old.

If your baby’s established sleep patterns are disrupted with them fighting sleep, increased nighttime wakings and restlessness then they are very likely experiencing a short-term sleep regression. Read these posts to help you navigate this situation:

Is 13 Months Too Early For One Nap?

Whilst some 13 month olds can function on 1 nap a day… Most will still need 2 naps for a while.

As this is the beginning of the nap transition phase, you will need to keep a keen eye on sleep cues and be prepared to be flexible, by adjusting wake windows and the length and number of naps on a daily basis.

Can You Sleep Train A 13 Month Old Baby?

Yes, you can sleep train a 13 month old baby. I prefer the “Gradual Retreat” and “I’ll Be Back” sleep training methods.

Having healthy and regular sleep routines will set your baby on the right path to good sleep habits and a consistent sleep cycle for years to come.

How Long Should A 13 Month Old Go Between Naps?

The longest most 13 month olds can go between naps is 4 hours.

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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Author Image Bio
Paula McLaren is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and a highly qualified childcare expert with over 40 years of experience as a Norland Nanny. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Development & Learning (0-6 Years) and the prestigious Norland Diploma. Paula has worked as a night nanny, run a successful daycare center in London, and helped raise countless children using her tried and tested developmental and guidance methods.

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