Bed timeso 16 month old

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
47189 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MeandYou :  Part of the answer depends on what time you need her awake in the morning. If parents need to get baby up and moving to daycare in the morning, that baby may need an earlier bedtime than a baby  with a stay at home parent who can let baby wake up in their own.

Babies of that age need somewhere between 10-14 hours of sleep per day counting naps.

Post # 3
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

my 14mo Dear Daughter goes to bed at 7:30, and wakes around 6:30.  She also takes one nap, but it can be closer to 2 hours.

Post # 5
2663 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My 16 mo goes to be at 8pm and usually wakes around 7am give or take 15 minutes. She takes one nap as well. She used to go to bed at 7, then 7:30, and now we are at 8 which is going well. I would just try to push back her bedtime slowly and see what happens after a week or two. That’s usually how long it takes my Dear Daughter to get used to a new routine or change. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Shoot for 11-12 hours from when you want her to wake up.  My 16 m/o goes tobed at 7-7:30 and is up at 7-7:30, with 1 mid day nap or occassionaly 2 shorter naps but she still sleeps 12 hours at night. My 3.5 year old goes to bed at 9-9:30 and is up at 7-7:30 with a mid day nap – I get wanting her to go to bed early, I wish my older one went to bed earlier most nights haha


Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Have you tried putting you daugther back down after the hour nap?  We went through a long stretch of my son waking aftr an hour and he would fall asleep if we went in there quidkly and stayed with him.  My son napped on the floor/small cot from about that age because that is what he did at daycare so we would lay next to him until he fell asleep and then leave again.  6-6:30 bedtime sounds right if she wakes that early.  Some kids are just early risers… frown


He now naps anywhere from 2-4 hours (at 2.5yrs old) and it is AWESOME!!

Post # 9
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MeandYou :  


For my daughter (19 months), it really depends on what kind of day she has had. Usually she is sound asleep by 8pm at the latest. If she has a busy day she can be asleep as early as 6:30pm. She sleeps through the night and always wakes up at 6am. Her naps can range from 1.5-3 hours in length. She usually takes her nap anytime between 9:30 and 10:30. 


I hope this helps… these babies are always changing their schedules on us lol 

Post # 10
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

MeandYou :  Mine’s just turned 15 months. She sleeps 12 hours no matter what time she goes to bed, usually 8.30-8.30, then takes one nap for 1.5 hrs ish somewhere around 3pm.

Post # 11
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Agree with PP’s, it really depends on when you need her awake. I have in-home childcare (family) so I don’t have to wake my 16-mo old DS in the morning. Darling Husband sometimes doesn’t get home from work until around dinner time (6ish) so luckily, my son can have some quality time with both of us because he doesn’t go to be until 8. He naturally made this bedtime for himself. He went from 10pm as an infant (but obviously napping on and off all day) to 9 to 8:30 to 8 on his own. He now sleeps 8-8 and has a nap around 11:30/12 pm for anywhere from 1.5-3 hours. If your schedule requires you to get LO up early, then she should get to bed early so she gets enough sleep. That being said, I think what you’re doing is just fine if it works for you!

sidenote: my son got up between 5-6 until a few months ago, another thing he changed on his own. They all do what they want! Hopefully she’ll start sleeping later for you but I think you’d increase your odds if she went to bed later.

Post # 12
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My 15 month old goes to bed at 7:00 and generally wakes at 6:30. We usually have busy mornings and then she takes a 2-3 hour nap after lunch. If we end up staying home all day, she will often split those into two 1-1.5 hour naps. 

We used to be really lax about bedtime and she would still wake at 6:30 everyday. 

Post # 13
9445 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Dear Daughter is usually asleep by 7:00.

We get her up around 6:00 during the week, on the weekend she miiiiight sleep until 7:00 if we’re super lucky. lol.

Post # 15
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My 16 month old goes to bed between 8-9 and wakes up between 8-9.  I do think you can change it but it takes time, my friend recently shifted her 16 month old from sleeping 6:30-5 to now sleeping from 8:30 to sometimes as late as 9:30!  It just took time and patience 

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