13 Month Old Sleep Schedule (Healthy Happy Sleep Starts Now)

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 08/24/22 •  10 min read  •  Toddler » Toddler Sleep

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?

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:

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. 

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.

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.

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 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.

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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TOP TIP: If your little one is continually resisting nap time try lengthening the wake window between naps before considering dropping a nap. Also, remember that during nap transitions, your toddler may need to nap twice on some days but only once on others… depending on how well they have slept at night and how busy their day has been.

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:

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 awake windows and the length and number of naps on a daily basis. 

TOP TIP: Always keep in mind how much sleep your little one is getting in a 24 hour period to help you work out how much daytime sleep they need. Dropping a nap too early can lead to sleep difficulties so be prepared to be flexible.

How Long Should A 13 Month Old Go Between Naps?

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

TOP TIP: The shortest awake window is usually in the morning between waking and the morning nap.

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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