Your Toddler’s Schedule

Toddler Schedule


This article outlines the average toddler schedule, including feedings, naps and night sleep. If your toddler is having trouble napping, you may be interested in my toddler nap tips. And, for good ideas on feeding your toddler, check out Wholesome Toddler Food. You may also want to encourage your toddler to get involved in his routine by teaching him to tell time with this Melissa and Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock.

Two Nap Schedule | One Nap Schedule | No Nap Schedule

Toddler Schedules – General Info

At this age, your toddler should be sleeping through the night, with no night feedings. Obviously, all babies vary, but here are some rough schedules you can use to make your own for your unique baby.

I think of a “toddler” as a 1-3 year old, which is a wide range. Sleep needs change in that time-frame. While your one year old may be sleeping 12 hours at night and 2-3 hours during the day made up of 2 naps, on average, your three year old is likely starting to transition into not napping all together and will do so most likely before the age of four. At 2 years old, the average amount of sleep drops to between 12 and 12 1/2 hours in 24 hours, including just one afternoon nap. The average age for a toddler to transition to just one nap is 15-18 months. Transitioning too soon can have disastrous results with a very cranky toddler.

This article will give an example of 3 different types of schedules, 2 naps, 1 nap and no naps.

Toddler Schedule – Two Naps

7:00 – Wake
7:00/7:30 – Breakfast
9:30 – Light snack if she needs it
10:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
11:30/12:00 – Lunch
2:00 – Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:30 – Afternoon Snack
5:30 – Dinner
6:30 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Bedtime

Toddler Schedule – One Nap

7:00 – Wake
7:00/7:30 – Breakfast
9:00 – Light snack if she needs it
11:00 – Lunch
12:00 – Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:30 – Afternoon Snack
5:30 – Dinner
6:30 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Bedtime

Toddler Schedule – No Naps

7:00 – Wake
7:00/7:30 – Breakfast
9:30 – Light snack if she needs it
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Quiet/Rest time (45 minutes to 1 hour)
3:30 – Afternoon Snack
5:30 – Dinner
6:30 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Bedtime

If your toddler is waking too early or going to bed too late, you may be interested in shifting his schedule.


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Share your toddler’s schedule


  1. Sarah says

    My toddler’s schedule is as follows:

    6:00 wake up
    7:00 breakfast
    10:00 snack
    11:30 lunch
    12:30 nap (lasts between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours)
    3:30 snack
    6:00 dinner
    7:30 bedtime (falls asleep between 8:00 and 8:30!)

  2. Natasha says

    My two-year’s old follows this schedule:

    7:15 wake up
    7:30 breakfast
    7:45 watches Baby TV channel
    8:30 bath time
    9:00 read a story together
    9:15 play outside (weather permitting)
    9:45 light morning snack
    10:00 play in the toy box
    11:30 lunch
    12:00 run errands with mom
    1:30 afternoon nap
    2:30-4:30 wreaks havoc in the house
    4:30 prepares dinner with mom/glances at evening news
    5:30 dinner time
    6:00 playtime with daddy
    7;00 watches Baby TV
    7:45 bedtime story/final playtime with mom
    8:30 gets into the bed and plays with stuffed animals
    (will actually fall asleep around 9:15)

  3. Laurie says

    My 13 Month Old’s Schedule:
    6:15 – 7:15 wake up
    7:15 breakfast
    9:00 nap (1 – 1.5 hours)
    11:30 lunch
    1:00 nap (1-1.5 hours)
    3:00 snack
    5:30 dinner
    6:45 bath
    7:00 – 7:30 bedtime (Falls asleep within 5-10 min)

  4. says

    @Laurie Thank you for sharing your toddler’s schedule!

  5. grace says

    Can anyone give me a schedule for my 2.5 y/o who don’t have nap at all? i can’t seem to find the right routine. he wakes up at 8 or the most is 930. i have trouble making him sleep at night.

  6. Kimberly says

    @ Grace it would be helpful if you could post more information about what your current schedule is and what are your issues with it or how it is affecting your child and his sleep.

  7. Jennifer says

    Here’s my 18-month-old’s schedule. I’m wondering if her nap is long enough. I’m not sure how to get a longer nap out of her, so I hope it is. Maybe she’s just getting enough sleep at night not to need a longer nap?

    6:30-7:00 – wake up
    7:30 – breakfast
    8:00 – playtime/errands
    10:00 – snack
    12:00 – lunch
    12:45 – nap (1.5 hours typically, sometimes 2 hours)
    3:00 – snack
    3:00-6:00 – playtime/errands
    6:00 – dinner
    6:40 – bath (if bath night)
    7:00 – bed (sleeps through the night; 11-12 hours of sleep)

  8. Kimberly says

    Hi Jennifer,
    In looking over Nicole’s post about toddler schedules, with one nap per day, she recommends a nap of at least an hour so it does look like your daughter’s nap is probably long enough. (You can read the post here: If she doesn’t seem tired after waking or seems to be in good spirits until her bedtime, then her nap is most likely adequate.

  9. Lesley says

    My 14 month old: [very active]

    bedtime 7-7:30pm
    Wake between 3-5 am for a breastfeed…so early…:-(
    back to sleep until:
    6:30-7 am awake for the morning
    7:30/8- Breakfast
    between 10 -10:45 first nap [usually for 1hr20min sometimes 1hr 40 min, sometimes 2 hours!
    12:30 Lunch
    2:30 snack
    between 3:30-4:30 optional nap usually for only 30 minutes
    5:30 dinner
    6:30 bath
    7pm bed
    Ideally I would love to get rid of the 3-5 am feed, and push her nap until 12 noon making it only one nap a day… but she’s so tired around 10 or 10:45 am, that it’s impossible right now.

    How can I drop waking between 3-5 am? I’ve let her CIO, and put her to sleep awake, but cannot stop this from happening.

  10. Kimberly says

    Hi Lesley,
    That time of morning is usually tricky for most babies as it is the lightest sleep cycle of the night and they are pretty well rested from the rest of the night. The trick will be to help her learn to resettle during that time and go back to sleep without the feeding. A toddler this age should be able to make it through the night without a feeding, so at this point, it is most likely a habit as well as her body had trained itself to think it needs to eat at this time. Encourage her to eat through out the day and maybe consider incorporating a snack in to the evening routine just to be sure. Another option is to check out Nicole’s e-book on Shifting Schedules to help with early wakings. You can find more information about it here:

  11. naomi says

    Hi leslie,
    We eliminated all night feedings with my now 2.3yr old by replacing nursing with water. he was still comforted but after few days just started sleeping bc the he wasnt used to eating then anymore.

    My issue is that this same little cutie wakes-up too early every morning: today was 5am but most is 5:30 or 6. he goes to bed at 8pm and naps for bout 2 hrs day (1-3pm). I’m wondering if i should cut back or eliminate naptime. He gets really cranky without it, but maybe things would even out? would love some feedback on this.

  12. Kimberly says

    Hi Naomi,
    Thanks for chiming in here. It always help to have moms supporting other moms with their own experiences. Sounds like maybe you’ll want to try shorten his nap. Maybe try one hour instead of two and see if he can adjust and if that will help him to sleep later. Maybe see if you can move his nap up a little earlier so he’s awake longer before bedtime.

  13. Veronika says

    My 17 month old has been pretty consistent for about 2 months now with this schedule

    Wake up between 7:00 and 7:30
    Breakfast 8:00
    Snack 10:00
    Lunch 12:00
    Down for a nap 12:30 ( sleeps 2-3 hours)
    Snack when he wakes up from his nap 3:00 – 3:30
    Family dinner by 6:00
    8:00 bedtime (falls asleep usually by 8:30 and 9:00 the latest)

    I am wondering if 11 hrs of night sleep is enough? I haven’t noticed any cranky behaviour or that he is very tired by 7 or so
    i think our schedule is working pretty well

  14. Kimberly says

    Hi Veronika,
    Yes, between 11-12 hours of sleep at night is what is recommend at this age.

  15. Jan says

    My 13 1/2 months old child been in this schedule since since she’s napping twice a day, and is doing very well on schedule (she started napping twice when she’s 7mo):

    7am – wake up
    7:30/8am – breakfast
    10am – nap (at least 1 hr or 1 1/2 hr)
    12:30pm – lunch
    2/2:30pm – nap (at least 1 hr or 1 1/2 hr)
    4pm – snack
    5:30/6pm – dinner
    6:30pm – start bedtime routine
    7pm – sleep (sometimes she fall asleep 7:30pm the latest) and sleep through the nigh

    Recently, its been about more than a week now and I still trying to follow this schedule, i will try to put her to 10am nap but she seems not that too sleep that she lie on her bed trying to soothe herself and for more than 30minutes and would nap for 1 1/2 hrs.

    In the afternoon its now a struggle to put her to nap early, she would actually fall asleep late around 3:30pm and sleep for an hour 4:30.

    As a result, since she woke up from her afternoon nap very late, it will pushes her night sleep to 8:30pm (sometimes 8pm if i’m lucky). but still tried to start bedtime as early as possible. And still wakes up at 7am in the morning sharp!

    Do you think she’s ready for ONE nap now? What should do? Your advice is very much appreciate. Or if anyone who have experience transitioning from 2naps to 1nap….I am just worried if I will put to 1 nap its just too soon for my young child. Thank you all, really appreciate it.


  16. Kay says

    I’ve followed the schedules on here since my DD was about 5 months, now she’s 14 months. However, I’m a little confused now as to when I should give her milk in the routine above? Usually it used to be as soon as she woke up from her nap, but there’s no mention of it on here and I’m a little lost.

    Jan, I used to have exactly the same routine as yours and since we’ve come back from vacation, she has refused to follow her old routine, pushing her naps to much later meaning her bedtime was much later. Today, she woke up at 8am, had a nap for 1 and a half hours at 11.30 and went to sleep at 7pm with a lot less fussing than usual. I’m not sure whether to transition her to one nap or whether it is a case of her going back into her old routine.

    Also, on another note, advice from anybody who bf until quite late – I’m really worried about stopping her bedtime bf and changing it to a bottle as it is obv a sleep association for her. She is usually guarenteed to fall asleep nursing at the breast so has always been put into her cot fast asleep. If I try to put her in awake, she screams and cries until I end up having to lift her out as she is practically hyperventilating. Any advice?



  17. Jan says

    Hello Kay,

    Thanks for sharing. Please keep me updated on how would your little one transition to 1 nap if she would any sooner.

    With regards to giving milk, I normally give a cup of milk after each meal (so 3x a day), and my little one is in full bottle/formula now. And during the night usually will have her milk just during bedtime but still awake and sleepy then put her on the cot drowsy.

    Hope this can help.


  18. Kay says

    Hi Jan,

    Thanks for your message. She has already had one nap today but only slept for 1 hour so she will probably have another nap in a little while.

    From tomorrow, I’m going to give the bottle to her before she goes to sleep rather than when she wakes up.

    Thanks for your help!



  19. alena says

    My 16 month old:

    Schedule was:
    7-7:30…. am wake up
    8am…. breakfast
    8:30-9am…. cartoon/quiet time
    9-9:30am…. nap for @ least an hour
    10:30-11am…. wake up/play/i fix lunch
    Noon…. Lunch then errands/play outside/go for walk etc
    2-3pm (depending)….. Afternoon nap usually an hour
    4-4:30pm….wake up/i cook dinner
    5:30pm….eat dinner
    6:30pm…. play with dad/bedtime routine/bath
    7:30pm…. bedtime usually goes right to sleep.

    This routine was great however lately he’s been waking up in the night and earlier and earlier…like now he’s at 5-5:30am….maybe because he has a cold?? Or outgrowing his naps?? He also has been waking up crabby. I’m not sure what to do now….

  20. Jennifer says

    My daughter turned three in September. Lately, she has been not napping or taking forever to fall asleep for her nap. I know she still needs one because she only sleeps about 10 1/2 hours at night and she can be quite teary-eyed. I put her down for her nap around 1:45 and she doesn’t fall asleep until around 3, if she does. She is happy to just talk and sing up there in her bed. If I put her down closer to 3:00, then she doesn’t nap at all. Should I just continue putting her in bed at 1:45 and letting her talk? Should I expect her to skip her nap every few days? She is in bed, lights out at 8:00 and wakes up after 7am. (It could take her 10 minutes to fall asleep or an hour depending on naps.) Are we just in a transition? When do I know to drop the nap all together?

  21. Jane says

    Hi mummys;)
    I have never used a routine with my 19 month-old daughter,
    Cause she used to fall asleep nursing and she was bf crazy.
    Now i stopped bf and she wakes up couple of times a night( on good nights 4+) asking for my cuddle and not let me go.
    She sleeps around 22 i know its late but she wakes up late no matter when she sleeps and bedtime becomes struggle for me.
    Also might i be overfeeding her as follows;
    8-9am wake up
    Straight away 200 ml grow up milk
    10am breakfast
    11am snack
    12am lunch
    1-3pm nap
    4pm 200 ml milk
    5pm fruits
    7pm dinner with family
    9 pm 200 ml milk
    10 pm bath story
    10:30 falls asleep

    Tell me honestly what you think?
    The reason why she eats too much is granny is living with us and she thinks motherhood is all about feeding them. She kept squeezing thing in my lo’s mouth since she is born.
    I say no, she gives her when i turn my back.
    Now her tummy got used yo eat often and alot.
    I will try to use these routines maybe we will be a bit on time with everything.
    Please help what should i do?

  22. sirisha says

    My daughter v’s is almost 3 yrs old & i tried somany ways but no use she follows her own way…started nap time between 2 pm-4 pm that day she slept at 2 am …then i tried sleeping her at 12 pm – 2 pm then she slept before 11 pm…so friends her time is set after 10 …i excuse her now … its her wish …after she grow hope i’ll follow

  23. Lesley says

    Now my Daughter is 21 months.
    She is going to bed between 7:30-8:00 and usually sleeping through.
    Waking at 6:30 and napping at 12:30 or 12:45 for only 45 minutes to an hour. [she needs a longer nap]
    She usually wakes up extremely tired, and hardly makes it through to dinner… and than at bedtime she refuses to go to sleep…

    I wish her naps were a little longer- what can I do to encourage her to sleep longer?

    Also she REFUSES to eat breakfast unless she breastfeeds first, and then will not eat until almost 9am…usually it’s random food like the evening prior’s left over dinner… we have tried so many things It’s making me really sad that she isn’t into typical breakfast foods like pancakes or eggs. She will eat shredded cheese and pork tenderloin!!!
    Need to break this cycle…

  24. Chelsie says

    My son 15mo pretty much has a schedule though he tends to wake early alot. between 5-630. Which sucks specially when he wakes up alot at night. We Co sleep because he refused own bed and room since newborn and he slept better with me. (hubby works out of state alot) now he is still waking 2+ times a night just to cuddle or for sassy. He is very stubborn CIO contains 2+ hours at a time and then I can’t handle it anymore. Hopeing Nichole can help me. Anybody else have this issue? Skyler has always been a cuddler…which I love besides when he wakes in middle of night to do it. 3 mo prg and need to get him to sleep better at night!

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  26. Rebecca says

    I am need of some advice and help, please.

    I have a 13 month old boy who sleeps okay, but continually wakes up at 4:30am. He has a very consistent routine of one sleep during the day of about 2.5 hours; with dinner at 5, bath at 6 and bottle and bed at 6:45. He doesn’t have any trouble when I put him in his cot – he settles himself and falls asleep very quickly.

    The room is dark, and he does have a dummy.

    However, he wakes up at 4:30 and while I know I’m lucky not to experience multiple mid-night wakings that other mums can get, the time is really wearing me down as I work during the day.

    I’ve tried letting him cry it out, but he just gets more upset. I’ve tried going in and giving him his dummy and while occasionally this gets him back to sleep, more often than not he already has a dummy and just appears to be ready for the day.

    His Schedule:

    4:30 – Wake and dummy or up and bottle
    5:30 – Up and bottle (if went back to sleep at 4:30)
    7 – breakfast
    9:30 – snack
    11:30 – lunch
    12 – nap for 2 – 2.5 hours
    3 – snack
    5:15 – dinner
    6:15 – bath
    6:45/7pm – bed

    I would really appreciate your help and advice.

    – Rebecca

  27. Corrine says

    My 13mo old has been getting up lately bet 4:30 and 5:30 am, used to be bet 6 and 7…I just give him a bottle and then when he finishes I put him back in his crib and he sleeps until 8 am….he gets one nap (at least on the days that he sleeps in) at noon and falls asleep for the night bet 7:30 and 8 pm.

    I like that he sleeps in after that 5am bottle, but I am thinking this should be a temporary thing? Is 8am too late of a wake up time?

  28. Jordan says

    My 18 month old son has no schedule what so ever and it is driving me CRAZY! I tried him on one when he was born but no one else would follow with it (his father and babysitter/grandparents) so I just gave up. Now I am being nagged at for not having a schedule and everyone else wants one and although i am frustrated because that is what I wanted in the first place I am relieved to get the chance to have order back into my life and to maybe help to get him sleeping through the night and to have him out of my bed. I am looking for a VERY DETAILED schedule that only has one nap and I am not good at making one at all. I am willing and able to conform my schedule around my son’s I am just not good at making one.

  29. Jan says

    Hi Jordan,

    My little girl’s schedule is below. She is now 21month-old and is doing very well on schedule and has a good sleeping habit. This is quite similar schedule we followed when she was 18mo.

    7am – wake up (morning hugs/chats :), change nappy, play while waiting for breakfast
    7-30/8am – breakfast (fruits/cereal/bread) followed with milk
    9am – play
    10am – go out with mum for errand if any, if not will go for a quick walk or at the library for story time. depend on the day really normally she will have a activity outside to use up those energy.:)
    10:30 – small snacks if she is keen (sultana/cracker,etc)
    11:30/12noon – lunch
    12:30 – nap (with a bottle of milk), normally naps for 2-3hrs or 2.5hrs on average. (I nap too when she does, then prepare stuff for dinner)
    when she’s done with her nap, normally she plays around the house then around…
    4pm will go out to do activity like either park, play ground, library, museum, etc
    4:30 – snacks
    6pm – family dinner
    6:45/7pm – start bedtime routine (getting clean, put on PJ, bedtime story, bottle of milk before bed)
    8/8:30 – sleep / normally drift to dreamland in 30mins. and sleep through the night.
    7am – wake up.

    My little girl is very active but at the same time i find it easy to wind her down, my trick is reading books. 😉

    Hope this will help.

  30. Debbye says

    @ Jordan- There are many sample schedules and help in our ebook Mastering Naps and Schedules. Check it out here:
    With toddlers, it’s all about setting limits and being consistent. That they may protest the change for a few days or a week, but eventually they start to get the message. Here are two links to our articles about setting limits with toddlers as well as how to implement a sticker/reward chart.
    Good luck!

    @ Jan- Thank you for sharing your schedule! Great details!!!

  31. candice says

    Im confused about the transition from 11 month old schedule which includes formula/breastfeeds to your 12 month old schedule which does not mention anything of bottles or milk (whole milk or formula)….I am currently introducing whole milk mixed with formula (50/50) and am approaching my daughter’s 1 year birthday this week and want to know when she should be having her bottles now?
    I usually gave her bottle first thing in the morning when she wakes up and breakfast an hour later….Does the formula/botttle feeds just stop? confused.

  32. Debbye says

    Hi Candice-
    Many people do wean from bottle to cup at around this age, but when you do it, how you do it, and what you put in the bottle (and cup) is really a personal choice. A website that has been very useful to me on baby food and nutrition is this one: and: has tons of great info on what to feed your baby and when.
    Good luck!

  33. Mushira says

    i need an advice, i have a 14 month old boy who sleeps well at nite, usually from 8 pm to 7:30 am.

    I think he still need 2 naps, usually i put him down after 3 hrs from his wake up time, sleeping 40 min if im unlucky or 1.5 or 2 hrs if im lucky, if he takes 1 nap he sleeps 1 hr which i think its not long enough cause he is more fussy.

    i think he needs me around him to sleep more, when he wakes up after 40 min or so, i go to his room and pat him a little bit and he goes to sleep. if i wait too much he is too crancky and wont sleep more.

    at nite i stay beside him until he is asleep, cause he doesnt sleep in the crib, i used to have a old crib and now its too small for him, so he sleep in a mattres next to my bed.

    i want him to sleep without me next to him, and cause i dont have crib, for his safety, i stay there, so i think that is the problem.

    any advice??

  34. Kim says

    13-month old with the following schedule:
    6a – breakfast
    8:30/9a-1st nap (approx. 1-1/2-2 hours)
    11:30a – lunch
    1:30/2p – 2nd nap (approx. 1-1/2 hours)
    3:15p – snack
    5:30p – supper
    7:30p – snack
    8:00p – bedtime

    Son has recently started waking up earlier (closer to 5a or earlier) and refusing 2nd nap. Dr. office recommends eliminating 2nd nap all together and pushing 1st nap later in the day while first keeping 8p bedtime and then pushing that to 9p. Is that realistic or is this just setting him up for being ovetired?

  35. Debbye says

    @ Mushira- It does sound like he is very used to you being there as he falls asleep, and that this has become his routine. You are in a tough situation, because your #1 goal is to keep him safe of course, but you also want to help him sleep the best that he can with the sleeping arrangements that you have. If you are sure that the room is childproofed, and the mattress is on the floor so he can not roll off and injure himself, than maybe you can slowly give him less and less support as he falls asleep. Maybe you can move a little farther away every day or two, so he begins to learn to fall asleep without you there? You’ll have to use your best instincts to tell you when he is ready to move to one nap, and your instincts to tell you if you need to stay nearby him as he falls asleep too. Good luck!

    @ Kim- If you want him to sleep in a little more, you can first try to shift his entire schedule forward by 15 minutes a day, including naps, meals, everything, and try keeping the 2nd nap for now. Just don’t let him make up the sleep at the next nap! Otherwise, if you think he is ready, try removing the 2nd nap. But if you do remove the 2nd nap, I would not make bedtime later. I think you are fright that if you remove the nap AND make bedtime later, he could be very overtired!
    Good luck!

  36. Karen says

    Hi, this is my almost 19 Month old’s schedule:

    wake ( between 5 to 6am)
    nap 12.30pm (1.5 to 2hrs, sometimes 1hr)
    bed time 6.30

    She has never been a great sleeper, but have been sleep trained vigorously so she has been manageble and finally transitioned to one longer nap sucessfully (though she still can’t be in a car near 10am)

    She is a bad sleeper in that she wakes easily. She never had an issue going to sleep when put in the crib for nap or bedtime. She used to just lie there and try quietly to sleep even if it takes her 45mins (then she starts to fuss/cry). Mostly though, she is tired and falls asleep w/i 15min.

    A few days ago, she suddenly changed drastically. She now screams and tries to purposely fall out of her crib to not nap. (No problem at daycare!) And now that she is sleeping on the floor so it’s safer, she rams at the closed door repeated until she is too tired and then she passes out. Luckily, after the first night of one hour of ramming, it has been only 10mins the last night cause she was exhausted. She was falling asleep standing up trying to climb out of her crib the first day she did this. She does seem tired, but seem to want to just cling to me. Or does she just get exhausted from all the crying and screaming and climbing/ramming?

    So my quesiton is:
    Is this what they call separation anxiety? She is fine during the day though. Just at sleep times. She is also her normal self at daycare.

    Or does she need to stay up later? I know it sounds like she get 11 or more hours of sleep, but she never sleeps straight through the night. She often wakes and lie awake for an hour. Never used to cry for me, but of course lately, yes.

    BTW, even when I sit by her crib when she tries to climb and escape, she still keeps crying and climbing.

    She is teething, but it’s not like it’s her first time teething. =)

    Is it just her trying to push back and want to stay up longer or wanting to be with us while she sleeps?

    Her behaviour came very suddenly and it seems so extreme. I never knew she would act like this. Is this just early terrible twos?

    Anyone else have had a baby whose personality flipped on them one day just like this?