14 Month Sleep Regression: Here’s All You Need To Know!

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 08/08/23 •  Sleep / Sleep Regressions

Baby suddenly fighting sleep? Being fussy? Struggling to settle? The 14 month sleep regression has arrived. Here’s what that means, and what exhausted parents need to know to get through it.

What Is The 14 Month Sleep Regression?

How Long Does The 14 Month Sleep Regression Last?

The 14 month sleep regression, like all sleep regressions, commonly lasts between 2 and 6 weeks depending on the trigger.

How Much Sleep Do 14 Month Olds Need?

At 14 months of age, most babies will need an average of 12-14 hours sleep a day with the bulk taken at night and the rest in 2 daytime naps.

However, not all 14-month-olds will need 2 naps per day and some may only take one long nap.

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14 Month Sleep Regression Signs

If your little one has been settling and sleeping well until now, the signs that your baby is experiencing a sleep regression are:

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Causes Of The 14 Month Sleep Regression

As I mentioned earlier, sleep regressions can be caused by a variety of reasons, the main ones being environmental changes and developmental leaps…

However, there are other reasons why a 14 month sleep regression can occur and it’s important to know what they are to reduce the chances of a sleep regression from occurring and to navigate through one:

Causes Of The 14 Month Sleep Regression

1. They Are Reaching Big Physical, Mental And Emotional Milestones

This is an age of rapid growth with your little one perfecting the art of walking, climbing and talking. There is also a lot going on cognitively as they become increasingly aware of the world around them and their place in it.

All that extra brain and body activity can easily disrupt their sleep cycles!

2. Their Sleep Needs Are Changing

Around this age, you may need to adjust daytime sleep, especially if newfound skills are making them more tired.

If baby has started daycare, they may need more sleep for a while as they adjust to the new routine. Alternatively, some 14 month olds will be going through a nap transition and may only need 1 long nap during the day.

3. Baby’s Environment And Routine Has Changed

Moving house, going on holiday or visiting family overnight can all trigger a sleep regression.

And any major changes in routine could also upset an established sleep schedule such as starting daycare, parents returning to work or the primary caregiver changing.

4. They’re Experiencing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is also very common at this age and will make it difficult for your little one to fall asleep and they may become distressed when they wake up in the night and discover you’re not with them.

5. They’re Teething

While most babies will have passed the teething phase by now… some will still be getting theirs.

If your little one is experiencing pain due to teething, their sleep is very likely to be disrupted for a short while triggering a temporary sleep regression.

Investing in quality teething toys can help soothe your baby resulting in them sleeping better!

6. Baby Is Unwell

Like teething, illness may cause a sleep disruption for a short period of time and although this is not a true sleep regression, sickness can trigger a brief one.

7. They’re Hungry

With all the increased physical activity that your 14 month old is now capable of they may need more calories to keep them going. This can result in them waking more often due to hunger so you need to keep an eye on their calorie intake during the day (especially at the end of the day).

Tips To Get Through The 14 Month Sleep Regression

If your little one does start to experience sleep troubles around 14 months of age, then there are some things you can do to help both you and your baby get through this sleep regression:

14 Month Sleep Regression Tips

1. Stick To Your Established Routines

I cannot stress how much maintaining baby’s healthy daily and consistent bedtime routines will help to keep you sane and keep their healthy development on track.

I know life gets in the way sometimes, but being super vigilant about nap times, meal times and bedtimes during a sleep regression will make your life so much easier during this time.

So, if you have to cancel a few plans over the coming weeks to ensure you’re at home for naps and bedtime, it will be worth it in the long run.

2. Have Lots Of Cuddles

Sleep regressions can sometimes make your little one feel less secure and offering extra cuddles and snuggle time can help reassure them as they navigate this tricky, yet temporary phase.

3. Watch For Hunger Being A Nighttime Waking Trigger

It is very tempting to feed your baby in order to get them back to sleep… however, this is not a habit you want to continue.

Offering mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks can help as well as a milky drink before bed (a bottle or cup of formula or breastmilk, depending on your preference and weaning stage)

4. Keep Nighttime Interactions Low-Key

If your little one wakes at night then it’s super important to keep your interactions low-key. Have the lights down low and do not chat to them.

A night light is a great investment for these nighttime interactions as it stops you from having to turn on a light when visiting them at night.

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5. Teach Your Little One To Self Settle

If you have not done so already try and teach your little one to self settle. Allow them to spend time in their cribs or a playpen while they are awake and put them down whilst drowsy and not fast asleep.

Read this post to learn more: How to Teach Baby To Self Soothe.

6. Help Your Baby Get Used To Spending Short Periods Of Time On Their Own

Encourage your baby to spend short periods of time alone in a playpen or their crib during awake times. But keep popping back to check on them so that they know that you will return.

This will teach them that they’re safe and ok to be alone and that you will return in time. It will also help baby to learn independent sleep skills and as a result, baby will go to sleep alone at night much easier as they understand that you will be back in the morning.

I personally prefer the Graco Play Yard for independent toddler play:

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7. Try Not To Pick Them Up Every Time They Wake

It is very easy to fall into bad habits during a sleep regression…

So if your little one is waking more at night try, leaving them to fuss for a short time when they wake, as they may just fall back to sleep without you having to go to them.

If however, they start to become distressed, you should go to them and offer comfort without picking them up.

Gentle patting on the tummy and ‘shhsing’ does a wonderful job.

8. Learn Your Little Ones Sleep Cues And Act On Them

During a sleep regression your little one may need more sleep during the day to make up for broken nights. Keep an eye on their sleep cues and act on them.

Common sleep cues include: yawning, rubbing eyes, clenched hands, glazed eyes, being distracted, pulling ears and becoming less social.

9. Make Up For Poor Nighttime Sleep With Extra Naps During The Day

Let your little one sleep whenever they need to during the day, to avoid having an overtired baby. Knowing how much sleep your baby needs in a 24-hour period and then calculating how much daytime sleep they need will help enormously too.

Never try and keep your little one awake during the day in the hope they will sleep better at night. It will only backfire on you!

10. Make Baby’s Sleep Space More Conducive To Sleep

Now your little one is getting older they will be more easily woken by sleep distractions and noise.

So, darken the bedroom using blackout blinds and use a nightlight. During a 14 month sleep regression your little one needs to be sleeping in a calm, dimly lit room.

Using a white noise machine can eliminate background noise from disturbing their sleep too. They will help to ensure that sudden changes in noise will have less of an impact on your sleeping baby.

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11. Dress Your Little One In The Correct Sleep Gear

Ensure your 14 month old is dressed appropriately for the time of year.

I find sleeping bags are the best for this age group. And as they come in different tog weights, you can always find one that works for your location and time of year.

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12. Help Your Little One Practice New Skills

It is important that you give your baby plenty of opportunity to practice any new skills during wake times so that they are not desperate to do so when they should be sleeping.

Provide them with toys to help them walk (like this), opportunities to learn to climb safely, play with construction toys such as building blocks and try simple puzzles too. Read lots of books to encourage speech and cognitive development.

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Frequently Asked Questions About The 14 Month Sleep Regression

Looking for more information about the 14 month sleep regression? Check out the most commonly asked questions here.

How Will I Know When The 14 Month Sleep Regression Is Over?

When your little one starts to fall back into a regular nap and nighttime sleep routine you can breathe a sigh of relief that the sleep regression is now over.

Bear in mind that the new schedule may look slightly different from what they were doing before the regression hit as regressions are often a transition between sleep schedules changing, as your little one’s needs change.

Take a look at our 14 month old sleep schedule to give you a helpful framework for what to expect.

Why Has My 14 Month Stopped Sleeping Through?

If your 14 month old has been sleeping beautifully and suddenly starts waking at night and resisting sleep in general this usually means they have hit a sleep regression.

This can be due to a number of triggers including a growth spurt, teething or achieving a developmental milestone, starting daycare or changing sleep needs.

While you should always rule out any illness that may be affecting your little one, if all is well then you should deal with your little one’s nighttime waking as a sleep regression and follow the tips listed above to get your toddler back to sleeping through the night.

Do All Babies Experience A 14 Month Sleep Regression?

No, not all babies will experience a 14 month sleep regression. They may have already had one or they may have missed previous ones and are now experiencing a sleep regression for the first time due to any of the reasons listed above.

How To Navigate 14 Month Sleep Regression And Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is a common cause of sleep regression but luckily there are things you can do to help your little one through this phase:

Take a look at this post for other handy tips on how to handle separation anxiety: Why Does My Toddler Follow Me Everywhere?

Can I Let My 14 Month Old Cry It Out?

No. Letting your 14 month old cry it out is not going to cure a sleep regression or make it pass any more quickly.

Sleep regressions are challenging and you will need to be patient and help your little one through this tricky phase by following the guidelines outlined in this post.

Can You Do Sleep Training When Your Baby Is Going Through A 14 Month Sleep Regression?

I would NOT recommend doing any sleep training during a 14-month-old sleep regression unless the regression transfers into a permanent change in sleeping habits.

There is too much going on to change more of your baby’s sleep environment, so just follow the tips I have outlined above and you should get through the regression without undoing your hard work of creating healthy sleep habits.

Once you’re back on track you can start to assess sleep time and use sleep training methods to help baby get more night sleep with healthy sleep associations.

When Do I Need To Talk To A Doctor About The 14 Month Sleep Regression?

If you are unsure if your little one’s sleep challenges are due to a sleep regression, watch for the following signs. If they are present then you should consult a doctor:

Further Reading

To learn more about sleep regressions and to prepare yourself for any future ones, read the following posts:

  1. 18-Month Sleep Regression
  2. 2-Year Sleep Regression
  3. Sleep Regression: What, Why, And How To Survive It!

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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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