It’s incredible how much your baby has grown over the past 13 months, and that includes their sleep! Where once they were a newborn struggling to sleep for more than a few hours, now they’re on a more consistent sleep schedule.
Sleep coaching doesn’t end there, though. Sleep coaching is a journey with hills and valleys, and now that your baby is older, you’ll have some new hills to climb.
Luckily, we’re here to help you and answer questions many parents and caretakers have at this time, including how to sleep train through teething.
For answers to any other questions about your baby’s sleep, or to learn how to sleep coach your baby, download the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™.
We worked with pediatric sleep experts to create an app that can help any parent help any baby learn to fall asleep independently and stay asleep longer. This means more sleep for your baby, and more sleep for you!
Everybody wins when your baby is sleep trained – especially your baby: sleep coaching today creates the foundation for healthy tomorrows.
A Sample 13-Month-Old’s Sleep Schedule
The times we put on these schedules are just examples.
Your baby’s unique, so instead of focusing on clock time when sleep coaching, focus more on their wake windows – the amount of time your baby is awake between naps or their last nap and bedtime. – and their sleepy cues. These two signs help you understand and work with their natural rhythms.
For more insights on how to use wake windows and sleepy cues, and for step-by-step guidance on sleep coaching, download the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™
Co-developed with sleep experts and powered by a dynamic AI algorithm, it both teaches you everything you need to know to help your baby sleep better and creates a personalized schedule to ensure your baby gets all the healthy sleep they need!
Note: many babies this age may be transitioning from 2-to-1 nap, so we’ve included sample schedules for both. For more information on nap transitions.
Sample Sleep Schedule for 13-Month-Olds with 2 Naps
How Many Total Hours Should a 13-Month-Old Sleep?
At minimum you want your 11-month-old to sleep 12 hours and up to 15 hours in a 24-hour period.
Can a 13-month-old baby sleep through the night?
Yes. With proper sleep coaching and nourishment, most 13-month-olds sleep through the night. Sleep coaching helps your baby sleep longer for two reasons.
One, sleep coaching aligns your baby’s sleep schedule with their natural circadian rhythm – the internal processes that regulate all humans’ sleep.
The other way sleep coaching helps your baby sleep longer is that sleep coaching strengthens your baby’s natural ability to self-soothe. This means that if your baby wakes up at night, they’re more likely to lull themselves back to sleep than to call out for you.
For more information sleep coaching and step-by-step guidance through this incredible journey, check out the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers ™.
How much nighttime sleep for a 13-month-old?
In terms of nighttime sleep, experts agree 11-12 hours is an ideal goal for a 13-month-old’s night sleep.
How much daytime sleep for a 13-month-old?
Experts agree a 13-month-old should get about 2-3 hours of daytime rest split between 2 naps. Each nap should be at least an hour.
If your baby is resisting one of their 2 naps, having trouble falling asleep at their normal bedtime, or suddenly waking up at night, it may be time for the 2-to-1 nap transition. For more on when and how to nap transition your toddler, read our piece on how to drop naps.
What is a 13-month-old’s wake window?
Most 13-month-olds can stay awake between 3 hours, 15 min and 4 hours between daytime sleeps or their final nap and bedtime.
Is there a 13-month sleep regression?
You’ll be happy to know there is not technically a 13-month sleep regression, though that doesn’t mean there aren’t some challenges that may arise around this time.
Vocal Protests: Your baby is becoming more independent, which is such great news, but sometimes this independence can express itself with a toddler’s favorite word, “No,” especially at bedtime. If your baby protests bedtime, experts suggest a few things:
Lengthen Your Bedtime Baby’s Routine: Simply adding another activity or bedtime story to your baby’s bedtime routine can help build their sleep drive.
Involve Your Baby in Their Routine: By asking your baby to pick out their pajamas or bedtime story or bath toy often makes them feel in more control of their bedtime routine and less inclined to protests
How Do I Sleep Train Through Teething?
Teething often starts around 6 months, though sometimes it’s closer to 12 months. Either way, most 13-month-olds are dealing with some form of a teething, and sometimes this teething can be uncomfortable and disrupt your baby’s sleep.
Here are some ways to help your baby sleep through teething:
Clear Away Drool: You may have seen this already in your own baby, but teething baby’s drool a lot more than usual. While drool itself won’t disrupt your baby’s sleep, excessive drool on your baby’s face may lead to drool rash, which can disrupt sleep. Help your baby sleep through teething by clearing away drool with a soft cloth.
Chilled Fruit or Wash Cloth: Letting your baby chew on chilled pieces of fruit or wash cloth like alleviates teething pain by numbing the area.
Offer Teething Rings: Teething rings let your baby target painful areas and apply pressure to ease the discomfort.
Important Note: While teething rings and fruit can be chilled, do not put your baby’s teething ring in the freezer. This can damage their delicate gums.
Topical Gels: There are topical gels designed for teething babies but be sure to discuss any over-the-counter medicines with your baby’s pediatrician before using them.
Is it Time to Move My Baby to a Bed?
Not yet. The general rule of thumb is to move your baby to a “big kid” bed when they’re 3 feet tall or about 3-4 years old, whichever comes first.
For more guidance on helping your baby sleep, or to learn how to sleep coach your baby, download the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers ™. It’s never too late to sleep train your baby, and it’s easier than you may think, especially with the Smart Sleep Coach.
With just a little bit of information about your baby, this incredible app will start customizing their sleep schedule to align with their circadian rhythm and provide enough sleep to endure your baby meets their developmental milestones. It’s incredible – and effective: most Smart Sleep Coach users see results in 1 week or less!
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How We Wrote This Article:
The information in this article is based on the expert advice found in trusted medical and government sources, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. You can find a full list of sources used for this article below. The content on this page should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult medical professionals for full diagnosis and treatment.