A 16-Month-Old’s Sleep Schedule

Updated Aug 9th 2022 | timer 2  min read

16 months

Written By Mandy Treeby Chief Baby Sleep Consultant

Your baby’s changing a lot all the time. They’re learning new skills, growing, and, yes, their sleep schedule’s changing. You may be wondering “What is my 16-month-old’s sleep schedule?” or “How long should a 16-month-old nap?”

We’re here to help!

A Sample 16-Month-Old’s Sleep Schedule:

Every baby’s unique, including your own. Focus less on the specific clock times and more on wake windows – the amount of time your baby is awake between naps or their last nap and bedtime.

Understanding your baby’s natural sleep rhythms is the key to nourishing their sleep. Check out our Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™ app and take the assessment to get a personalized sleep plan for your baby. We designed this app with sleep experts so that every parent can teach their baby how to fall asleep foster and stay asleep longer.

Note: by now most babies have transitioned to one longer nap in the afternoon. It’s alright if yours hasn’t – they will soon! And for more on nap transitions, visit our dedicated article on how and when to nap transition your baby .

Sleep Schedule for 16-Month-Olds with 1 Nap:

“Good morning!” 7:00 AM
Nap 1 12:00-2:15/2:30 PM Awake: 5 hrs.

Nap: 2 hrs. 15 mins.

Start Bedtime Routine 7:30 PM
“Good night!” 8:00 PM Awake: 5 hrs. 45 mins.

Sleep Schedule for 16-Month-Olds with 2 Naps:

“Good morning!” 7:00 AM
Nap 1 10:15-11:30 AM Awake: 3 hrs. 15 mins.

Nap: 1 hr. 15 mins.

Nap 2 3:15-4:15 PM Awake: 3 hrs. 45 mins.

Nap: 1 hr.

Start Bedtime Routine 7:45 PM
“Good night!” 8:15 PM Awake: 4 hrs.

Q: Can a 16-month-old baby sleep through the night?

Yes. While there may be an occasional disruption – a storm, a nightmare – babies this age sleep from “good night” to “good morning.”

Q: How much should a 16-month-old sleep each day?

13 hours and 15 minutes is a good minimal goal for hours of sleep in a 24-hour period for a 16-month-old.

Q: How much nighttime sleep for a 16-month-old?

At least 11 hours, though 12 is better.

Q: How much daytime sleep for a 16-month-old?

About 2-3 hours of sleep either consolidated into one longer mid-day nap or two shorter naps. It is typical that babies will want to consolidate to a single nap by this age.

Q: What is a 16-month-old’s wake window?

The goal is at least 5 hours between waking and their first nap. This should be shorter if your baby’s still doing two naps. In that case, it’s about 3 ¾ - 4 hours.

Q: Is there a 16-month-old regression?

There’s no 16-month-sleep regression, though there may be one around the 18-month mark. There may also be some disruption from teething, as your baby’s molars may be coming in at this time.

For more on sleep regressions , why they happen, and how to handle them, read our article on the subject. It’s truly fascinating how these moments indicate larger developmental milestones.