14 Month Old Sleep Schedule: Nail The Nap Transition

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 09/20/23 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

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 Sleep Does A 14 Month Old Need?

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 For 14 Month Old?

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.

14 Month Old Wake Window

Your 14 month old wake window will continue to increase, with some variability. Starting at 4-5 hours of awake time, they will steadily increase their wake window to 5-6 hours and may drop to one nap and sleep for longer periods at night. Until they stop napping completely.

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.

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 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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Common 14 Month Old Sleep Problems

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

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 14 month wake window is usually between waking up and the morning nap and the longest awake window will be between the second nap and bedtime.

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 is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and a highly qualified childcare expert with over 40 years of experience as a Norland Nanny. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Development & Learning (0-6 Years) and the prestigious Norland Diploma. Paula has worked as a night nanny, run a successful daycare center in London, and helped raise countless children using her tried and tested developmental and guidance methods.

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