After falling into a consistent sleep schedule, your 23-month-old may suddenly resist bedtime. This is completely normal. It can also raise some questions for parents or caretakers. For example, “Should my 23-month-old still nap?”
We’re here to answer that very question –Spoiler: yes – and other common sleep-related inquiries for 23-month-olds. Read on to learn more!
A Sample 23-Month-Old’s Sleep Schedule:
Keep in mind this timetable is just a sample. When creating your unique baby’s sleep schedule, focus on their wake windows and sleepy cues, rather than the actual clock.
As a reminder:
Wake windows = the length of time between your baby’s sleeps.
Sleepy cues = signs your baby’s tired, like yawning.
By using wake windows and sleepy cues instead of clock time, you’ll shape your baby’s natural rhythms to optimize their nourishing sleep.
Sample Sleep Schedule for 23-Month-Olds with 1 Nap:
|“Good morning!”||7:00 AM|
|Nap 1||12:15-2:15 PM||
Awake: 5 hrs. 15 mins.
Nap: 2 hrs.
|Bedtime Routine||7:15 PM|
|“Good night!”||8:00 PM||Awake: 5 hrs. 45 mins.|
Note: If your 23-month-old resists bedtime, consider lengthening your bedtime routine – this will keep them in the mindset while also extending their wake window.
Q: Can a 23-month-old baby sleep through the night?
Yes. 23-month-olds sleep through the night with proper sleep coaching. For more information on sleep coaching, check out the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™.
This easy-to-use app combines expert advice and groundbreaking AI-technology to help any parent of any baby help their little one learn to fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
Q: How Many Total Hours Should a 23-Month-Old Sleep Each Day?
Around 12.5 hours is a great goal for total sleep in a day for your 23-month-old.
Q: How much nighttime sleep for a 23-month-old?
Experts agree 11 hours is a good amount of nighttime sleep for 23-month-olds.
Q: How much daytime sleep for a 23-month-old?
About 1.5 to 2 hrs. during nap time. And, yes, your baby still needs naps for another year or so.
Q: What is a 23-month-old’s wake window?
Most 23-month-olds can stay awake between 5 hours 15 minutes and 5 hours and 45 minutes between sleeps.
Q: Is there a 23-month-old regression?
No, but some 23-month-olds may stall or drag their feet at bedtime. This is totally normal – they’re showing their independence. It’s important that you stay consistent, though, rather than letting them stay up “just this once.”
To help maintain your schedule, we suggest lengthening your wake window by adding another story to your bedtime routine. This will keep your baby in the “it’s bedtime” mindset while lengthening their wake window and building up sleep drive.
If you’d like to learn more about sleep regressions and why they happen, please read our piece about this fascinating phenomenon.