20 month old sleep and nap schedule

20 Month Old Sleep Schedule

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20 Month Old Nap Schedule:

Your baby is most likely down to one nap a day. Now that this nap transition has occurred, it can be nice to think of the day in three parts – morning, nap and afternoon. The morning might include a fun activity like a playdate, playgroup or playground visit, then home for lunch and nap and then out again for more fun in the afternoon if everyone is up for it!

20 Month Old Feeding Schedule:

Your baby is likely a big fan of solid foods by this time. It’s fine for them to be drinking cow’s milk, but they shouldn’t be consuming more than 20 ounces each day. If they’re wanting more than that, it might be an indication that they need more solid food, which should be their main source of nutrition. 3 meals a day should now be the norm for your baby, and you’re likely learning more and more about their flavor and texture preferences. Take advantage of opportunities for fun exploration during this time by exposing baby to new foods.

How Long Should A 20 Month Old Sleep?

At this age, your baby should be sleeping about 2 hours during the day, and 11 to 12 hours at night. Nightmares may be a not so fun development during this time, in addition to a fear of the dark. Nightlights can help to soothe baby’s fears. Try to find a nightlight to gently illuminate the room, without being too bright.

It’s best to hold off from moving baby into a toddler bed at this age, as their crib is likely their safe and familiar haven, and allows for a positive family-baby relationship.

20 Month Schedule


6:30 AM

Try combining this milk feed for your likely hungry baby, with breakfast! This will work especially well if you're trying to include your little one in family meals.


7:30 AM

A good solid breakfast that your baby will love may consist of oatmeal, scrambled eggs, roasted cherry tomatoes, blueberry whole wheat pancakes, and anything else that you feel like getting creative with! Let your imagination run free.

Snack (Optional)

10:00 AM

A small snack (keyword, small) is good for baby at this time, just don't let it interfere with lunch!


12:00 PM

Now that your baby has solidly transitioned to one nap a day, you might want to feed them lunch a bit later than previous months. Keep the morning snack light, so as not to interfere with this solid lunch, comprised of a variety of flavors, textures, and exciting foods for your baby's developing taste buds.

Nap time

12:30 - 2:30 PM

A comfortable nap for your baby will last no longer than 2 hours, between these hours.

Milk Feed

2:30 PM

Wakey wakey! Time for a milk feed.

Snack (Optional)

4:00 PM

A quick snack between lunch and dinner sounds great! Try light and portable foods like red pepper slices, strawberries, apples with peanut/almond butter, hard boiled eggs, a clementine, or anything else you can think of that is easy to eat on the go.


5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

A baby's gotta eat! This solid dinner will be more of the flavors and textures they're familiar with, plus, another opportunity to self-feed.


6:00 PM

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

Milk Feed and Book

6:30 PM

This milk feed is optional — your baby should be getting all the nutrition they need from solid foods.


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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