14 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Complete Guide

Author Image By Paula McLaren BA (Hons) Early Years Development & Learning •  Updated: 08/31/22 •  Toddler » Toddler Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your baby onto a regular 14 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 14 Month Old Sleep?

Sample 14 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 14 months old, your little one should be sleeping through the night with no issues and having 1 to 2 naps a day.

The afternoon nap is typically longer than the morning nap, but that will depend on how busy your child’s day has been and whether they are going through a nap transition.

Here is a sample 14 month old sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your little one’s day can flow:

14 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 14 month old sleep schedule is only a guideline and will differ from child to child. The most important thing to focus on is how much sleep your little one requires in 24 hours.

Nap Schedule For 14 Month Old

You may find that at around 14 months old, your baby may struggle to settle for their morning nap, but will happily take a longer afternoon nap.

This is the beginning of a nap transition.

Not every child will go through this yet and most 14 month olds will still require 2 naps a day for the foreseeable.

Here’s a handy quick reference for a 14 month old nap schedule to help you visualise your child’s daytime sleep habits:

Nap Schedule For A 14 Month Old Baby

How Long Should A 14 Month Old Nap?

Your 14 month old will require between 2 to 3 hours of nap time during the day.

I would not recommend letting your 14 month old sleep for longer than 2 hours in the afternoon as you run the risk of it impacting their bedtime. 

How Many Naps Should A 14 Month Old Take?

Most 14 month olds will need 2 naps a day… A shorter morning nap and a longer afternoon one.

However, this is the beginning of a nap transition phase from 2 naps to 1 and so be prepared for your little one to show signs of not wanting to nap twice a day, every day. 

If your baby does want to drop a nap, you should drop the morning nap first and ensure the afternoon nap is about 2 hours long.

Bedtime For 14 Month Old

As always, a regular and healthy bedtime routine is essential to your baby’s good night’s sleep. And for a 14 month old sleep schedule, your baby’s bedtime routine will consist of:

The entire bedtime routine should start between 6pm and 6.30pm and ideally, take no longer than 30 minutes.

REMEMBER: The bedtime routine should follow the same steps and be repeated at the same time every evening to ensure your 14 month old can recognise the signs that bedtime is coming to help them settle and fall asleep more easily. You can use a bedtime routine chart to help your little one know what’s coming up.

What Time Should A 14 Month Old Go To Bed?

Bedtime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers does not really change. 

For a 14 month old sleep schedule, your baby should be in bed with the lights out by 7pm.

If you want to adjust your schedule to make bedtime a little later you must change your daily nap times accordingly.

But no matter what… your child should not be in bed any later than 8pm to ensure your toddler gets enough sleep to support their brain’s growth and development as well as their physical development.

Looking to get your little one to sleep quickly and effortlessly? Check out my Bedtime and Nap Cheat Sheet and master the art of making daytime naps and bedtimes as seamless as possible.

14 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 14 month old sleep schedule will make your day much easier to manage because after all… Everything starts and ends with sleep!

Here are some of my top sleep tips to make creating and maintaining a 14 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

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TOP TIP: If your little one is continually resisting nap time try lengthening the wake window between naps before considering dropping a nap. Also, remember that during nap transitions, your toddler may need to nap twice on some days but only once on others… depending on how well they have slept at night and how busy their day has been.

Common 14 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your baby may encounter when establishing and maintaining a 14 month old sleep schedule are:

Frequently Asked Questions About A 14 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 14 month sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Should My 14 Month Old Be Sleeping Through The Night?

Yes. Your 14 month old is certainly physically able to sleep through the night and many will sleep through the night on a regular basis. 

Teaching your little one to fall asleep independently will help them sleep through the night as well as keeping nighttime interactions to a minimum and not offering nighttime feeds if they wake up in the night.

TOP TIP: If your 14 month old wakes up at night… do not rush to them straight away. Wait a while to see if they will re-settle. If they struggle to go back to sleep and you go to them, try re-settling your child without picking them up.

How Long Can 14 Month Old Stay Awake?

Your 14 month old can stay awake for up to 4 hours at a time. 

The shortest awake window will usually be between waking up and the morning nap and the longest awake window will be between the second nap and bedtime.

TOP TIP: Watch out for overtiredness as you navigate the nap transition phase. A busy 14 month old can fight daytime napping as they focus on learning so many new skills. Ensure you build in some quiet time to your day and wind things down leading up to their naps and bedtime. 

Is There A 14 Month Old Sleep Regression?

Yes and no…

Sleep regressions can occur at any age but there are certain times when they are more likely to happen. 

Mainly at 4 months, 6 months, between 8 and 10 months, 12 months old and around 18 months old.

If your baby’s established sleep patterns are disrupted with them fighting sleep, increased nighttime wakings and restlessness then they are very likely experiencing a short-term sleep regression. Read these posts to help you navigate this situation:

Is 14 Months Too Early For 1 Nap?

Some 14 month olds may be able to manage 1 daytime nap but most will still need 2. 

As this is the beginning of the nap transition phase, you will need to keep an eye on your child’s sleep cues and be prepared to be flexible, by adjusting awake windows and the length and number of naps on a daily basis. 

TOP TIP: Always keep in mind how much sleep your little one is getting in a 24 hour period to help you work out how much daytime sleep they need. Dropping a nap too early can lead to sleep difficulties so be prepared to be flexible.

Sleep Schedules Further Reading

Here are some more sleep schedules to help you get the most out of helping your little one sleep as best they can.

After all…

Sleep breeds sleep!

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Paula McLaren - The founder of Teething to Tantrums has been in the childcare industry as a Norland Nanny and Childcare Expert since 1982. Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Early Years Development & Learning (0-6 Years) plus the highly prestigious Norland Diploma, recognized as the best early years practitioner qualification in the world. During her 40+ years of experience, she has worked as a night nanny (specializing in solving sleep issues), run a very successful daycare center in London, and raised almost 100 children, including her son, to be kind, healthy, and happy individuals with her tried and tested developmental and guidance methods.

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