17 month old sleep and nap schedule

17 Month Old Sleep Schedule

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17 Month Old Nap Schedule:

Is it already time for 1 nap a day? Where has the time gone? At this age, your baby will probably nap for around 2 hours during the day. Once they’ve transitioned to one nap a day, remember to give them the quiet space they need to relax and ease into this new routine for their days. Though they may not want to nap, they’ll appreciate the rest that their bodies will get. You’re welcome to lay your baby down 30 minutes earlier for their afternoon nap, which might help them get through the day for the first week or two during this change in their routine.

17 Month Old Feeding Schedule:

When it comes to food, solids are going to be your baby’s best friend. They can still be drinking cow’s milk, but they shouldn’t be drinking more than 20 ounces a day. If they’re drinking more than that, take it as a sign that they’re not eating enough solid foods, which is probably why they’re still hungry. Solid foods will be the main source of nutrition. Your little one should be fairly used to 3 meals a day at this point, and you’ll learn more and more every day about the different flavors and textures they enjoy! This is a fun time to expand your baby’s taste palette, and guide them through an exploration of new textures and flavors.

How Long Should A 17 Month Old Sleep?

During this time, your baby is likely sleeping around 11-12 hours at night, and 2 hours during the day. Your little one may start to develop nightmares between 18 and 23 months, or even show signs of being afraid of the dark. An easy solution here is to buy a nightlight to keep them feeling safe and comfortable.

We recommend holding off transitioning your baby to a toddler bed until at least 24 months. The crib is your baby’s sleep sanctuary. It’s where they feel safe, where they’re not necessarily bothered, and allows for a dynamic relationship between family and baby.

17 Month Schedule

Wake and Milk Feed

6:30 AM

Think about combining milk and breakfast at this age, especially if baby is included in your family's breakfast. Don't be alarmed if they're a little hungrier than usual, especially if you aren't giving them nighttime feeds.


7:30 AM

Your baby will love trying all kinds of flavors and foods during this solid breakfast. We recommend foods like oatmeal, toast fingers with butter or avocado, scrambled eggs, roasted cherry tomatoes, or whole wheat pancakes with blueberries!

Optional Snack (Can be small milk feed)

9:30 AM

How does a small snack sound? Great, for your baby so long as it doesn't interfere with their lunch!


11:00 AM

A solid lunch sounds great for your baby at this age, as they grow more comfortable with a variety of textures, flavors, and foods. Self-feeding is something they'll also grow more confident with at this age. This meal might be slightly earlier, now that your baby has transitioned to one nap a day.

Nap time

11:30 - 2:30 PM

Your baby will be energized to stay awake until this time, but don't let this nap last more than 3 hours. They should be awake by no later than the end of this scheduled time.

Milk Feed

2:30 PM

Your baby is ready for their post-nap milkfeed.

Optional Snack

4:00 PM

A baby-sized snack for your baby might be good to help them last to dinner. Keep it light! Try foods like apples with peanut/almond butter, a handful of berries, baby carrots, a mini whole wheat bagel with peanut/almond butter, a clementine or a hard boiled egg, are all great options. Choose something that's easy to eat on the go.


5:00 PM

Solid dinners at this age should consist of more easy to eat, yummy to taste foods that your baby has become familiar with. Your little one will grow more and more comfortable self-feeding, too!

Bath time

5:45 PM

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

Bottle and Book

6:15 PM

Baby probably needs less milk at this time, especially if they're still feeling pretty full from their dinner!

Bed time

6:30 PM

Time for bed. Sweet Dreams!

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.

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Natalie Barnett, PhD serves as VP of Clinical Research at Nanit. Natalie initiated sleep research collaborations at Nanit and in her current role, Natalie oversees collaborations with researchers at hospitals and universities around the world who use the Nanit camera to better understand pediatric sleep and leads the internal sleep and development research programs at Nanit. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New England in Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Sleep Science from the University of Western Australia. Natalie was an Assistant Professor in the Neurogenetics Unit at NYU School of Medicine prior to joining Nanit. Natalie is also the voice of Nanit's science-backed, personalized sleep tips delivered to users throughout their baby's first few years.

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