A 20-Month-Old’s Sleep Schedule

Updated Sep 8th 2022 | timer 2  min read

20 Month Old Seep Schedule

Written By Mandy Treeby Chief Baby Sleep Consultant

Your 20-month-old baby has learned a lot since being a newborn: they’re now standing, cruising around, and talking. And they’re still learning how to sleep. This can lead to some questions from parents or caretakers, like “How much should my 20-month-old sleep during the day?” or “How long can a 20-month-old stay awake?”

Luckily, we’re here to help you understand your 20-month-old’s sleep schedule, nap schedule, and more.

A Sample 20-Month-Old’s Sleep Schedule:

Every baby is unique, including your own, so keep in mind the times here are just as an example.

When creating your baby’s sleep schedule, focus less on specific clock time and more on your baby’s wake windows and sleepy cues.

Wake windows: The amount of time your baby is awake between sleeps.

Sleepy cues: The signs your baby’s tired, such as pulling their ears or yawning.

By using these two factors in tandem, you shape your baby’s natural sleep rhythm to optimize their rest and nourish their development.

Sample Sleep Schedule for 20-Month-Olds with 1 Nap:

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

Nap: 2 hrs.

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

Q: Can a 20-month-old baby sleep through the night?

Yes. 20-month-olds who’ve been sleep coached can definitely sleep through the night .

If your baby’s still struggling with sleep, consider downloading the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™ . We developed this easy-to-use app with sleep experts so that any parent of any baby can easily, effectively teach their baby to fall asleep faster and sleep longer.

Q: How Many Total Hours Should a 20-Month-Old Sleep Each Day?

13 hours over a 24-hour period is a good sleep goal for your 20-month-old.

Q: How much nighttime sleep for a 20-month-old?

Most babies at 20-months need about 11-12 hours of sleep every night.

Q: How much daytime sleep for a 20-month-old?

About 2-3 hours in a single mid-day nap.

Q: What is a 20-month-old’s wake window?

Five hours to 5 hours and 45 minutes is a good wake window for 20-month-olds.

Q: Is there a 20-month-old regression?

Not technically, no, though there may still be some residual disruptions from the 18-month-regression.

That said, a 20-month-old may experience:

Stalling: It’s completely normal for a 20-month-old to try to slow down the bedtime routine – they’re stalling because they want to keep hanging out.

If your baby does this, try to limit their ability to stall by laying out what will happen: “First we’re going to brush your teeth, then we’re going to read,” and so on.

  • By spelling out what is going to happen, you leave less room for them to make “helpful suggestions,” like “visit the dog.”

Separation anxiety: If your 20-month-old experiences separation anxiety, simply reassure them you’re just in the other room and will check on them in a set amount of time. Until then they should relax and try to fall asleep.

  • If you say you’re going to check on them, actually do it – sometimes they’ll still be awake and hurt if you forget.

Remember: Blankies, stuffed animals, or other beloved toys can sleep in the crib with your 20-month-old and can do a marvelous job easing separation anxiety.

For more on sleep regressions , read our piece on when to expect them and why they happen.