19 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Complete Guide

Author Image By Paula McLaren BA (Hons) Early Years Development & Learning •  Updated: 11/02/22 •  Toddler » Toddler Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your little one onto a regular 19 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make maintaining it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 19 Month Old Sleep?

Sample 19 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 19 months old, your little one will easily be sleeping through the night and will have transitioned down to 1 nap in the afternoon (lasting about 2 hours) on most days.

Here is a sample 19 month old consistent sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your little one’s day can flow:

19 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 19 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 and work from there.

Naptime Schedule For 19 Month Old

By 19 months old, your child will have 1 nap a day but may need another on very busy days.

To help you plan a nap schedule for your 19 month old, I would always advise having some quiet time in the morning to relax and maintain a consistent afternoon nap to avoid your little one from becoming overtired.

Nap Schedule For A 19 Month Old Baby

How Long Should A 19 Month Old Nap?

Your 19 month old should be napping for 1 hour and 20 mins to 3 hours a day. 

REMEMBER: Nap timings depend on your child, how much they slept the night before and how busy their day has been.

How Many Naps Does A 19 Month Old Need?

Most 19 months olds will now only have 1 nap after lunch as a part of their 19 month old sleep schedule. However, don’t be surprised if your little one falls asleep in the car for a short nap or if they crash whilst in the stroller after a busy playtime.

A little quiet time during a busy day will give your child the opportunity to reset their energy levels (maybe even nap!) which will help prevent overtiredness and overstimulation later on.

19 Month Old Bedtime Routine

As always, a regular and healthy bedtime routine is essential to your child’s good night’s sleep as they are proven to improve sleep and reduce nighttime wakings. And for a 19 month old sleep schedule, your little one’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 19 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 My 19 Month Old Go To Bed?

For a 19 month old sleep schedule, your little one 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.

19 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 19 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 19 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible.

TOP TIP: Time spent quietly in their crib is an ideal way to navigate nap transitions. They may sleep, or they may not but having a quiet period without sleep is better than being busy.

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Common 19 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your toddler may encounter when establishing and maintaining a 19 month old sleep schedule are:

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19 Month Old Baby Sleep FAQs

Looking for more help with creating your 19 month old sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Is There A Sleep Regression Around 19 Months?

Yes, there can be a sleep regression around 19 months.

Whilst sleep regressions happen more commonly at certain milestones such as at 18 months…

A sleep regression at 19 months is entirely possible.

If you suspect a sleep regression is disrupting your 19 month old sleep schedule then take a look at my posts on sleep regressions to help you keep things on track.

Is 9pm Too Late For Toddler Bedtime?

Yes, 9pm is too late for a toddler’s bedtime.

Whilst it’s OK occasionally… I would not recommend a bedtime of 9pm for a healthy 19 month old sleep schedule.

Your toddler will not be able to have a healthy sleep schedule if they are going to bed at 9pm and you will not be able to have a child-free evening which helps you relax and reset for the next day. 

At What Age Do Toddlers Stop Napping?

The age at which toddlers stop napping varies from child to child.

Most toddlers will completely drop their daytime nap somewhere between the ages of 3 and 4.

For more information on when toddlers stop napping and how to manage the transitions, read my post When Do Toddlers Stop Napping.

Should I Let My 19 Month Old Cry It Out?

Whilst I don’t advocate ‘Cry It Out’… Deciding which sleep training method you will use is a very personal choice.

Scientifically it has been proven that letting your child cry it out does not cause them excessive stress and can result in them falling asleep quicker than if you constantly try and settle them another way…

But again, the choice is completely up to you.

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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