16 Month Old Sleep Schedule: Bedtime, Naps, and How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep Through the Night
Most 16 month old toddlers, typically need between 12 and 14 hours of sleep each day which includes naps and nighttime sleeps. Establishing a consistent sleep schedule is essential for the physical and mental development of your baby. Here, we provide helpful tips for creating a healthy sleep schedule for your 16 month old toddler.
How Much Sleep Does a 16 Month Old Need?
Most 16 month old toddlers need approximately 12 to 14 hours of nighttime and napping sleep. Napping usually continues until age 3 or 4. Toddlers should get about 12 hours of nighttime sleep and at least an hour and a half of nap time during the day.
When Should My 16 Month Old Go to Bed?
Bedtime for 16 month old’s should be around 7-8pm. You should also try and stick to a consistent routine which will help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep easier. A calming pre-bedtime routine may include activities such as a warm bath, massage, snuggling up with a book, playing soothing music etc.
How to Get Your 16 Month Old to Sleep Through the Night
There are several strategies that you can use to help your toddler develop a healthy sleep routine which will allow them to sleep through the night.
- Encourage independent sleep: Help your toddler learn to fall asleep independently, without the need for constant rocking, nursing, and/or holding. If you’re still nursing or using a pacifier to get your child to sleep, it’s time to start eliminating the need for these items for sleep.
- Create a calming sleep environment: Make sure your toddler’s bedroom is dark, quiet, and comfortable. Use a nightlight if needed. You may also consider using a sound machine or white noise to help the child stay asleep.
- Enforce consistent napping: Keeping a consistent napping schedule can help your toddler become familiar with the idea of taking midday “breaks” and can cut down on the amount of time they spend awake during the night.
- Promote a regular bedtime routine: Develop a relaxing and calming pre-bedtime routine that you consistently use. This will help signal to your toddler that it is time for sleep and will help them wind down and relax.
- Avoid screen time: It is important to avoid any type of screen time (TV, tablet, cell phone etc.) before bed. Screens are known to disrupt sleep and should be avoided close to your child’s bedtime.
Establishing a healthy and consistent sleep schedule for your 16 month old toddler is essential for promoting healthy physical and mental development. By following the tips outlined above, you can help ensure that your toddler gets the sleep they need.