22 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Complete Guide

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 11/30/22 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your little one onto a regular 22 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make maintaining it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 22 Month Old Sleep?

Sample 22 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 22 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 an hour and a half) on most days.

Here is a sample 22 month old sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your little one’s day can flow:

22 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 22 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.

How Long Should A 22 Month Old Sleep At Night?

A 22 month old will sleep for around 10 to 11 hours per night.

Nap Schedule For 22 Month Old

Your 22 month old will typically have 1 nap a day but may need an extra one on very busy days.

To help you plan a nap schedule for your 22 month old, I would suggest having some quiet time in the morning to relax and maintain a consistent afternoon nap to avoid your little one from becoming overtired at the end of the day.

Nap Schedule For A 22 Month Old Baby

How Long Should A 22 Month Old Nap?

Nap times at this age can vary from child to child and even from day to day depending on what activities your child has been engaging in. 

However, as part of a 22 month old sleep schedule, toddlers will take a 1 to 2 hour nap after lunch.

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 22 Month Old Take?

Most days your 22 month old will only need one nap a day after lunch. 

This nap should not last longer than 2 hours to avoid interfering with the bedtime routine.

TOP TIP: If your little one should occasionally fall asleep on the way home in the car after a busy afternoon… don’t panic. A short cat nap of no more than 30 minutes is fine and will prevent overtiredness. However, you may need to adjust bedtime by half an hour.

22 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 22 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 22 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 Is The Best Bedtime For A 22 Month Old?

For a 22 month old sleep schedule, your little one should be in bed with the lights out between 7pm and 7.30pm.

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.

Is There A Sleep Regression At 22 Months?

Yes and no…

Sleep regressions are possible at any age and can be triggered by all sorts of developmental and environmental occurrences.

Whilst sleep regressions are more common at 4 months, 6 months, between 8 and 10 months, 12 months old and around 18 months old… 

Your 22 month old can still experience a sleep regression.

So if your 22 month old sleep schedule is disrupted with your little one fighting sleep, increased nighttime wakings and restlessness then they are very likely experiencing a short-term sleep regression. 

Read this post to help you navigate this situation: Sleep Regression: What, Why, Signs & Sanity-Saving Solutions.

22 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 22 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 22 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 22 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your toddler may encounter when establishing and maintaining a 22 month old sleep schedule are:

TOP TIP: To help with early morning waking try a toddler alarm clock like this one to help your toddler know when it is time to get up and when they should stay in bed.

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22 Month Old Baby Sleep FAQs

Looking for more help with creating the perfect 22 month old sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Why Is My 22 Month Old Waking Up Crying?

If your 22 month old is waking up crying there may be several causes. These include:

Is It OK If My 22 Month Old Does Not Nap?

While most children will need a daytime nap up until they are at least 3 years of age… 

It is not uncommon for toddlers to drop a daytime nap occasionally. 

If your 22 month old is, waking earlier than normal and or resisting the daytime nap and not sleeping at all during their normal nap time… Then your toddler may need to stop napping.

Read my post When Do Toddlers Stop Napping to learn how to properly navigate this delicate transition.

How Can I Get My 22 Month Old To Sleep Through The Night?

If your little one is still not sleeping through the night… it will most likely be due to their inability to self-settle and how you have dealt with nighttime waking up until this point.

To help your 22 month old sleep through the night you should:

At What Age Do Kids Stop Napping?

Most young children will stop napping between the ages of 3 and 4 years of age but some may stop sooner.

Most children will need a daytime nap until they are at least 2 years old, after which daily quiet time is a good substitute to avoid overtiredness.

Read my post When Do Toddlers Stop Napping to learn more.

Why Is My 22 Month Old Sleeping A Lot?

The most likely reason your 22 month old is sleeping a lot is due to a growth spurt. 

A change in routine such as starting daycare, being sick or moving house can also mean your little one will need more sleep.

In some cases, your child may just be one of those people that needs a lot of sleep! 

REMEMBER: We all have different sleep requirements. But if you are at all concerned about your child sleeping too much have a chat with your medical practitioner.

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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