How many naps are normal for a 13 month old?

Jordan - posted on 07/14/2010 ( 55 moms have responded )

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My son usually wakes up around 9 and then takes 2 naps a day.One from 12-2 or 3 and then one from 5-7 and then goes to bed at 10. My mother keeps arguing with me that he sleeps to much, but I feel if he's tired let him sleep. How many naps should a 13 month old take? What is everyone's opinion on this subject?

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Cheryl - posted on 07/15/2010

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my son will be 13 months on the 17th. we have a weekday schedule and a weekend schedule. during the week we get up at 6 he takes a nap around 830 for at least 1-1/2 hrs. then again at 12-230 300. then another around 530 and we have to wake him at 730 for dinner and bath then back to bed at 9-930 and sleeps thru the night. our weekend schedule is amazing! he sleeps til 9-10am then nap 1-4 and another around 6-630 for at least an hour or so and again has to be woken for dinner!

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Hi there,

For my little one it depends on the day and what we are doing, but our normal routine as such goes like this.

7am wake up
9.30-10ish nap (45mins)
2pm-4pm nap
7pm-7am sleep

Some days he only had 1-2 45mins sleeps other days he has a big 3 hour sleep in the middle of the day..but i never let him sleep past 4pm and he always goes down at 7pm.

Terrie - posted on 07/15/2010

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my daughter wakes up at 5am & has 2 naps a day... her 1st is 9-11 & her 2nd is 3-4:30ish & is in bed by 9pm... so my little girl doesn't sleep a whole lot

Lynne - posted on 07/15/2010

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My wee girl was 1 on the 30th June. She has recently just changed her sleep pattern. She usually gets up anywhere between 6-8am and will go for a nap about 10/11 for 1.5 hrs and thats usually her till her bed time which is any where betwwen 6-8pm. At night she sleeps at least 10hrs.

As previously said they are changing all the time so I would do what you feel is right for your son. As long as he is happy and developing well I dont see the problem :-)

Bridget - posted on 07/15/2010

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Hi Jordan, there is no such thing as 'normal' when it comes to babies sleeping patterns! Some days my little one will have 2 naps (one 45mins and the other 1.5hrs) and then sleep 10.5-11hrs at night, other days he will have 1 nap of 1.5-2hrs and sleep 12hrs overnight. He is also 13 months and changes daily. When he goes to daycare he only sleeps 45mins for the whole day and then 12-13hrs overnight. The literature says babes between 1 and 2 sleep between 10-13hrs a day (including naps) but that is just an average! If your bub likes his sleep then as you said let him sleep - don't mess with something that is working!! There is nothing worse than messing with a baby's sleeping patterns and having an overtired baby on your hands!!

April - posted on 07/26/2010

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Some where I read that during sleep, babies bodies release hormones that make them grow. So if your LO is sleeping a lot, he's growing a lot! :) Tell your mom not to worry about how many naps your 13 month old is taking!

Andrea - posted on 07/26/2010

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My son wakes up around 7 or 8, and naps in the afternoon around 12:30 or 1:00, and then wants to nap again around 5:30 or 6:00. He usually goes to bed at around 11:00. (A similar schedule to your son). My opinion is if he's tired, let him sleep, as long as it doesn't affect him getting a good night's sleep it doesn't matter how many naps your 13 month old takes.

Brenda - posted on 07/24/2010

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Its hard to say what's the "normal" number of naps a 13 month old should take. My 13 month old son wakes up at 6 takes a nap from 11-12 and is in bed at 8 and I have a friend who has a son 2 weeks older than my son and her son takes 4 naps each an hour or two long and doesn't wake up til 10 and goes to bed at 11

Katrina - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daughter was born on June 30th and my daughters routine is waking up at about 6:30-7 and taking a nap around 9 and then taking a nap around 2 and then she is in bed by 8:00 most of the time. I don't think there is such a thing as too much sleep for a baby. They are constantly growing and so they need the sleep. I don't think you have anything to worry about regarding how many naps your 13 month old is taking.

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I think your son sleeps fine. From what I've searched, read & experienced kids of 1 & 2 years need 10 - 13 hours of sleep. My daughter sleeps at 10 and wakes up a little before 12 noon. She then takes a nap from 3:30 to 4:30. And she does not wake up duing the night. If your son wakes up too much and takes a lot of time to get back to sleep in the middle of the night, then he's sleeping more than he needs to at other times.



I also have a 3 & 1/2 year old, and a 2 year old, and both of them don't need a nap anymore.



I think you don't need to worry about how many naps your 13 month old is taking, some kids are more active than others & need more sleep as well. :)

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