23 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Last Updated on July 6, 2023

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Chelsey Borson
Certified Baby Sleep Consultant
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Are you ready to unlock the secrets of peaceful nights and restful days with your energetic 23-month-old? Luna Leaps, your trusted partner in baby sleep solutions, is here to guide you through 23 month old sleep schedules.

With our wealth of knowledge and expertise, we understand the unique needs of toddlers in this age group. From establishing a consistent routine to managing bedtime battles, Luna Leaps has you covered.

What is a Sample 23 Month Old Sleep Schedule?

While every child is unique, having a sample schedule can be super helpful! Remember, flexibility is key as you adapt it to your little one's needs.

Here's a sample 23 month old sleep schedule to get you started:

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7:00 AMWake up
1:00 PMAfternoon Nap
6:30 PMDinner time
7:00 PMBedtime routine
7:30 PMBedtime
Sample 23 Month Old Sleep Schedule with Naps and Wake Windows

Please keep in mind that this is just a sample schedule and you should adjust it based on your child's unique needs. Some 23-month-olds may still benefit from a slightly shorter or longer nap, while others may have transitioned to a single nap during the day.

What are Wake Windows for a 23 Month Old?

Let's talk about wake windows, the magical timeframes that keep your 23-month-old bright-eyed and bushy-tailed during the day. Wake windows refer to how long your little one can comfortably stay awake before needing some rest. It's like their internal sleep-o-meter!

On average, most 23-month-olds have wake windows of around 5-6 hours. But remember, every child is unique, so your kiddo may have their own special rhythm. Look out for signs of tiredness like eye-rubbing, yawns, or that lovely crankiness.

By keeping an eye on these cues, you'll become an expert at maintaining the perfect balance between awake and sleepy times. Adjust nap and bedtime schedules accordingly to fit your child's wake windows. It's truly the secret recipe for smoother transitions and more peaceful sleep.

Just remember, these are general guidelines, and your little one's needs come first. So trust your parental instincts and watch for your child's sleepy signals.

What is a Nap Schedule 23 Month Old?

Let's jump into nap schedules! While every child has their own unique set of needs, having a nap schedule can provide some structure to your day.

On average, most 23-month-olds benefit from one afternoon nap lasting anywhere from 1.5-2 hours. However, keep in mind that every child is different, and some may take an even longer snooze (up to 3 hours) in the afternoon.

Listen to your little one's cues and watch their energy levels. If they're showing signs of tiredness earlier in the day, a morning nap might still be helpful. Follow their lead and adjust their nap schedule accordingly.

23 Month Old Baby Sleep Schedule & Sleep Training FAQ

Curious about creating the perfect sleep schedule for your 23-month-old? In this section, we address the most frequently asked questions about sleep schedules. Check out our FAQ section below.

How much daytime sleep should a 23-month-old be getting?

The recommended nap duration for a delightful 23-month-old is usually around 1-2 hours of snooze time. However, remember that your little one is a unique individual, and their nap needs may vary. Pay attention to their sleepy signals and see how they respond to different nap lengths. Adjust accordingly to make sure they're well-rested and ready for more adventures!

How long are 23-month-old wake windows?

Your lively 23-month-old can usually enjoy around 5-6 hours of playtime. But hey, every child is special, and their wake window might have its own rhythm. Look out for those adorable sleepy signs like eye-rubbing or a hint of crankiness to find the perfect timing for their next nap.

Is it normal for my 23-month-old to resist taking naps?

It's totally normal for your little explorer to want to keep the fun going instead of taking a break. But don't worry, you've got this! Stick to a soothing naptime routine, create a calming space, and shower them with gentle reassurance. With a sprinkle of patience and consistency, you'll help your little one embrace the magic of napping and recharge for more adventures.

How can I transition my 23-month-old from two naps to one?

Ah, the transition from two naps to one can be quite a doozy! Start by gradually shifting the timing of the first nap later in the day, allowing for a longer stretch of wakefulness. Eventually, the two naps will merge into one glorious midday snooze. Remember, it's a gradual process, so be patient and adjust as needed.

Should I wake my 23-month-old from a nap to preserve bedtime?

It's a tough call, but generally, it's best to avoid waking your 23-month-old from a nap to preserve bedtime unless its super late in the day. Let them snooze peacefully to ensure they get the rest they need. However, if naps consistently interfere with bedtime, you can gently wake them, ensuring they still get a decent amount of daytime sleep.

How can I establish a consistent bedtime routine for my 23-month-old?

Creating a consistent bedtime routine for your lively 23-month-old is a wonderful way to wind down and prepare for a restful night's sleep. Start by establishing a relaxing sequence of activities like a warm bath, cozy pajamas, a favorite story, and gentle cuddles. Keep the routine consistent, soothing, and enjoyable. This signals to your little one that it's time to relax and drift off to dreamland.

What should I do if my 23-month-old's nap schedule is interfering with bedtime?

Oh, the challenges of balancing naptime and bedtime! If your toddler's nap schedule is throwing bedtime off track, consider adjusting the nap duration or timing. Aim for a slightly shorter nap or bring it forward a bit to allow for more wake time before bedtime.

Experiment and find what works best for your little one. Also, ensure that your bedtime routine is consistent and calming, creating a peaceful transition from playtime to sleep. With a bit of tweaking, you'll find the sweet spot.

How can I encourage my 23-month-old to sleep through the night without waking up?

Having your toddler to sleep through the night can be a wonderful goal. Start by establishing a consistent bedtime routine and a calm sleep environment. Encourage soothing self-soothing techniques and gradually allow them to learn to settle themselves back to sleep if they wake up.

It's important to note that around this age, separation anxiety or sleep regression may also play a role in nighttime awakenings. Be patient and provide reassurance and gentle comfort when needed.

Are there any signs that my 23-month-old is ready to drop their nap altogether?

As your 23-month-old grows and develops, you may notice signs that they're ready to drop their nap altogether. These signs can include consistently resisting daytime naps, taking longer to fall asleep for naps, or staying awake during nap time without showing signs of tiredness.

Pay attention to their behavior, mood, and overall sleep patterns. If they consistently show these signs for an extended period, it may be worth considering transitioning to a single nap or adjusting the nap duration.

Can Luna Leaps Help with My 23 Month Old's Sleep Routine?

Absolutely! Luna Leaps is here to lend a helping hand and support you with your 23-month-old's sleep schedule. Our team of friendly and experienced pediatric sleep experts is well-equipped to assist you. We can provide valuable insights into how much sleep your toddler needs, offer tips and strategies to help them fall asleep and stay asleep, and guide you in establishing a consistent and nurturing daytime sleep routine.

Whether you're facing bedtime battles or naptime struggles, Luna Leaps has got your back. We understand the unique challenges of toddler sleep and are here to empower you with the knowledge and tools you need for a restful and peaceful sleep routine. Contact me today!

chelsey borson baby sleep consultant

Chelsey Borson

Owner & Certified Baby Sleep Consultant

Hi, I'm the founder of Luna Leaps. As a certified sleep consultant with the Institute of Pediatric Sleep and Parenting, I bring expertise and compassion to helping families establish healthy sleep habits. As a mom of two, including one with special needs, I understand the struggles of sleepless nights and the toll it can take on the whole family. But with a personalized plan tailored to your child's unique needs, we can work together to improve sleep and overall well-being. Let's start this journey towards better sleep together.

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