Toddler Wake Windows
So what do wake windows look like for toddlers?
Have you ever wondered when is the 'sweet spot' for their nap? Or how long they should be napping?
Let's dive into that!
13-18 months: Typically take 1-2 naps, and each nap can be 1-2 hours, usually no more than 3 hours of daytime sleep.
18 months- 2.5 years old: 1 nap per day, anywhere from 1-3 hours, but usually max. 2 hours is best, and the wake window is typically 4.5-5.5 hours.
So the funny thing here is that sometimes the 4.5 hours is before the nap, or after.
Example: 7 am wake up, nap at 12: 30 (5.5 hours later), then let's say a 2.5 hour nap, so 3 pm wake up, bedtime is then 4.5 hours later, so 730 pm.
2.5-3 years old: The wake window is typically 5.5 hours, and they'll nap anywhere from 1-2 hours. So yes, bedtime can be 8/830 pm with this age group, especially when they are nearing needing to drop the nap. (You can always cap their nap if bedtime is a struggle)
Most daycares have a set nap schedule (usually 1230 pm ish). So at home, you may just follow along the weekday nap schedule, +/- 30 minutes.
You may find that putting your child down at 12: 30 pm like daycare leads to more protests at home, so push it back to 1 pm and see how things go.
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