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24 Month Baby Sleep Schedule

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Adjust baby's wake-up time:
WakeUp BedTime
Adjust baby's wake-up time:
WakeUp BedTime

Note: These are general guidelines based on the recommendations of our pediatric sleep advisors. All babies are different and your child may not be able to strictly adhere to this schedule. Always use your best judgment as a parent when setting your child's schedule.

Set Wake-Up Time 5:00 AM

Note: These are general guidelines based on the recommendations of our pediatric sleep advisors. All babies are different and your child may not be able to strictly adhere to this schedule. Always use your best judgment as a parent when setting your child's schedule.

The 24 Month Schedule

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Wake and Milk Feed

After a long night of sleeping with no feeding, your baby will be HUNGRY! Think about combining milk and breakfast at this age, and don't be afraid to include the little one in your family's meal!

Breakfast

Your baby is probably still really hungry, and craving the delicious food you've already started introducing to them at breakfast! Good foods to consider during this meal include eggs, oatmeal or whole wheat pancakes cooked with blueberries! Any solid foods that are easy to eat are great for your baby at this age.

Snack (Optional)

Don't let your baby be too full for lunch, a small snack is fine though.

Lunch

Similar to breakfast, lunch should now be solid and fairly straightforward for your baby at this age. They're growing so fast, and probably more comfortable self-feeding, which is great!

Naptime

Your baby should be comfortable with a nap around this time, but watch out for nighttime resistance-it might be a sign that you need to cut down the nap a little.

Milk Feed

It's fine to offer your baby milk after the afternoon nap.

Snack (Optional)

Get creative with this light snack, similar to the morning. Keep this food light and portable so it can be eaten on the go. Cheese sticks are great, as are blueberries, apples with peanut/almond butter, a hard boiled egg, a clementine... tons of options here!

Dinner

Solid dinners and self-feeding are more and more common for your baby at this age. Yay!

Bath

Splish-splash! It's time for a bath!

Milk Feed and Book

Since your baby is getting most of their daily nutrition from solid foods, this milk feed is optional.

Bedtime

Time for bed. Sweet Dreams!

24 Month Baby Sleep Schedule

24 Month Old Nap Schedule:

Your baby is most likely still solidly on one nap a day. It can be helpful to think of the day in three separate parts at this stage – morning, nap and afternoon. The morning might include a fun activity like a playdate, playgroup or playground visit, then home for lunch and a nap and then out again for more fun in the afternoon if everyone is up for it! Enjoy that luxurious nap time and catch up on something fun for yourself – everyone needs a rest in toddler-world! Your baby might be starting to resist nighttime a little. This might be because they are napping too long during the day. You might need to cap the nap at 1.5 hours (or even less) to ensure that your baby is ready for bed at night.

24 Month Old Feeding Schedule:

Most babies this age love solid foods. While they may be drinking cow’s milk, they shouldn’t be ingesting more than 20 ounces a day. If your baby is drinking more than 20 ounces of cow milk, take it as a sign that they may need more solid food, which should be the main source of their nutrients. Three meals a day should now be commonplace in your baby’s daily routine, with each day providing more information about your baby’s flavor and texture preferences. Have some fun by experimenting with various food flavors, textures, and combos your baby may enjoy.

How Long Should A 24 Month Old Sleep?

Your little one should be sleeping around 11-12 hours each night, and 1-2 hours during the day. They may start to experience the unpleasantness of nightmares and a fear of the dark, which can be soothed by a nightlight. Find a nightlight in a soothing shape and color, and make sure that it’s bright enough to gently illuminate the room, without being too distracting.

Resist the urge to transition baby to a toddler bed as the positive and calming associations they’ve likely developed with their crib allows for more restful sleep, helping to create a more dynamic relationship between baby and family.