Sleep Schedules for 13.5 month old

Since January 2019, Arden has been waking up 1-2x/night for milk.  She turned 12 months old in February 2019.  We’re not sure why she started doing this as she used to sleep through the night.  So, I’m gathering some info and seeing what we can do to improve her nighttime sleep.

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From Getting Your Baby to Sleep the Baby Sleep Trainer Way by Natalie Wiles

From Natalie Wiles book, Getting Your Baby to Sleep the Baby Sleep Trainer Way:

  • 7-14 mo old babies need only 2 naps/day (around 9a, 1:30p)
  • Most babies should not need a night feed unless per pediatrician

Sample schedule for 2 nap day:

6:30-7a — wake, milk feed

8a — breakfast solids

9a — nap –> wake, milk feed

12p — milk feed or lunch solids

1:30p — nap –> wake, milk feed

5p — dinner solids

6:30 — final milk feed, bedtime prep

7p — bedtime

  • > 14mo –> 1 nap/day (around 11:30a-1p and lasting 1.5-3hours
  • Know when to switch from 2 naps to 1 nap/day:
  1. Your child is >14mo and has consistently fought one of their two naps each day for 2 weeks straight or longer.
  2. Your child naps easily 2x/day, but struggles to fall asleep before 9p or 10p each night, or beings to wake up in the middle of the night.
  • If toddler doesn’t fall asleep, offer them up to 2 more attempts.
    • For example, 11a-12p: nap attempt 1.
    • 12:30-1:30p: nap attempt 2
    • 2-3p: nap attempt 3
    • Early bedtime if no successful naps
  • Toddlers who only nap 1/day should be allowed to sleep up to 3 hrs, but naptime should end no later than 3:30p
  • Do not go back and forth between 1 and 2 naps if toddler is ready for 1 nap/day.

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Author: Kris

Grew up in a small Texas town. Heavily involved in extracurricular activities: piano, violin, dance (ballet/jazz/tap), tennis, horseback riding (english/western), taekwondo, basketball, soccer, volleyball, percussion, drumline, orchestra, band, mascot, pageants. I had the typical Tiger Mom upbringing. Went to college, medical school, residency, and fellowship. Amidst the ups and downs of life, allow me to share with you my journey...as an "ordinary" person who happens to be an MD.

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