20 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Complete Guide

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 11/09/22 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your little one onto a regular 20 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make maintaining it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 20 Month Old Sleep?

Sample 20 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 20 months old, your little one will easily be sleeping through the night and will have transitioned down to 1 nap in the afternoon (lasting about 2 hours) on most days.

Here is a sample 20 month old consistent sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your little one’s day can flow:

20 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 20 month old sleep schedule is only a guideline and will differ from child to child. The most important thing to focus on is how much sleep your little one requires in 24 hours and work from there.

Naptime Schedule For 20 Month Old

By 20 months old, your child will have 1 nap a day but may need another on very busy days.

To help you plan a nap schedule for your 20 month old, I would always advise having some quiet time in the morning to relax and maintain a consistent afternoon nap to avoid your little one from becoming overtired by the end of the day.

Nap Schedule For A 20 Month Old Baby

How Long Should A 20 Month Old Nap?

Your 20 month old will now be taking 1 afternoon nap that will last between 1½  to 2 hours.

REMEMBER: Nap timings depend on your child, how much they slept the night before and how busy their day has been.

How Many Naps Should A 20 Month Old Have?

By now your 20 month old will have one afternoon nap per day. 

TOP TIP: It’s fine if your toddler takes a cat nap in the car on the way home from a busy day… However, make sure you wake them when you get home as you should not let them sleep for too long too close to bedtime.

20 Month Old Bedtime Routine

As always, a regular and healthy bedtime routine is essential to your child’s good night’s sleep as they are proven to improve sleep and reduce nighttime wakings. And for a 20 month old sleep schedule, your little one’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 20 month old can recognise the signs that bedtime is coming to help them settle and fall asleep more easily. You can use a bedtime routine chart to help your little one know what’s coming up.

What Time Should A 20 Month Old Go To Bed?

For a 20 month old sleep schedule, your little one 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 child 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.

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.

20 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 20 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 20 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible.

TOP TIP: Time spent quietly in their crib is an ideal way to navigate nap transitions. They may sleep, or they may not but having a quiet period without sleep is better than being busy.

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Common 20 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your toddler may encounter when establishing and maintaining a 20 month old sleep schedule are:

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20 Month Old Baby Sleep FAQs

Looking for more help with creating the perfect 20 month old sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Is There A Sleep Regression At 20 Months?

Yes, there can be a sleep regression around 20 months.

Whilst sleep regressions happen more commonly at certain milestones such as at 18 months

A sleep regression at 20 months is entirely possible.

If you suspect a sleep regression is disrupting your 20 month old sleep schedule then take a look at my posts on sleep regressions to help you keep things on track.

Why Does My 20 Month Old Keep Waking At Night?

If your 20 month old is waking regularly at night there may be several causes. These include:

At What Age Do Toddlers Stop Napping?

Most toddlers will stop napping between the ages of 3 and 5. However, there are a few who will drop their nap between 2 and 3 years.

Most 20 month olds will be taking an afternoon nap and will struggle to get through the day without one.

Why Does My 20 Month Old Wake Up Screaming?

Children of this age can wake up screaming because they are scared or in pain.

This can be a result of:

The good news is that all of the above causes are phases that will eventually pass.

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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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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