A 14 month old baby routine is a bit difficult. Some are still doing 2 naps everyday, some are down to 1 nap, while most of them are in the sweet spot of transition. Here is an example of a 14 month old baby routine along with tips on transitioning to a one nap schedule. Since this is my fifth time in 10 years going through this, I feel with certainty that I can help you through this.
For tips on transitioning to one nap, scroll down past the 14 month old baby routine.
At 14 months old, your baby is into everything and enjoying the independence of life. However, a daily routine is vital to success. Not saying you can’t have days that you go out and explore the world during nap time, but I am saying that for the most part, your baby needs to know what to expect.
14 Month Old Baby Routine
Currently, my 14 month old is in the transition phase of 2 naps down to 1. That means that our routine is changing.
Wake up. The last few days though, my 14 month old has been waking up at 6. I do believe that is because he had only one nap those days. It doesn’t make sense, but when your baby is overtired, he sleeps less.
Go downstairs and change diaper and take off pajamas. I don’t get him dressed until after breakfast though. I also usually let him run naked for a bit, just to get that overnight butt aired out.
Nurse and then have a piece of fruit or piece of bread while I make breakfast.
A few months ago we went through sleep training. When we did that, at 12 months, he actually quit nursing for over a week. Then the flu hit our house and he started nursing again.
Second breakfast. This is the actual breakfast with all the family. I have been reading to the kids during this and so he just sits and picks at the food usually. He doesn’t eat too much here.
Usually after breakfast, he needs another diaper change. So, we change, get dressed for the day, then go brush our teeth.
After that it’s play time while the rest of the family cleans up and does morning chores.
This is where it gets tricky. If your baby is still on a 2 nap schedule, which, I suggest holding onto as long as humanely possible, this is where he would nap for one hour.
If baby is on a 1 nap schedule or in transition, it’s still play time.
Snack time. Usually a piece of fruit and some crackers.
It’s February in South Dakota where I am. We try to get outside during this time but it’s not always a guarantee. Getting outside distracts them if they are getting tired. If we can’t go outside, I try to do some kind of activity that will keep him busy. Painting, playdoh (homemade), or building towers of duplos while he knocks them down.
Witching hour number one. This is when I cook lunch and this is when things are hectic. If I have cut up fresh veggies, I will distract with that. In reality though, it’s normally just crying and whining until lunch is ready.
Lunch. Most days it’s warmed up leftovers or a sandwich with some frozen veggies that have been cooked in butter in my cast iron skillet.
If you are on a one nap schedule, this is nap time.
Two nap schedules could have nap now, but I would do it from 1:00-3:00. If you are on a two nap schedule, you just go back to playing here.
Wake up. Come downstairs and change diaper. I also let him air out his tush again here.
Snack time again. Once again it’s usually a piece of fruit and some crackers. A few times a week though, we bake for school and we will have brownies or peanut butter bars.
Playtime. Preferably outside but depending on the weather, we might just be stuck inside again. It’s a lot of just letting him walk around the house deciding on his own what he wants to play with.
I will also nurse once or twice in this time period.
Witching hour begins again. This is when it’s time to start cooking dinner and this is when he starts getting crabby. I will try and distract with food but that doesn’t help too long. It’s just a fact I’ve come to terms with.
Bath time. We don’t do a bath every night, but most nights we do. The toddlers love taking baths and that usually just involves them playing in the water versus a full clean.
After the bath, he usually has a nursing session.
Pajamas, teeth brushing, book and prayers.
Bedtime. He doesn’t scream or cry here. He lays for a bit and babbles and then falls asleep within 5-10 minutes.
Signs Your Baby is Ready for One Nap
- Early morning wakings
- Protesting naps and/or bedtime
- Short naps
How To Make the 1-Nap Transition
This is actually more simple than people make it. All you have to do is move the morning nap to the middle of the day and the second nap disappears.
Day 1 and Day 2
Move the morning nap back by one hour. For example, if morning nap is normally at 9:00am, now it’s at 10:00am.
Day 3 and Day 4 and beyond
Continue to move this nap back by 30 minutes. Do this every 2 days.
End of the first week
You should have hit the goal nap time by now.
You may need to move bedtime earlier by about a half an hour until things are back to normal. This transition takes about a month.
- Do not go for walks or car rides during this time. Anything that will make them fall asleep while training them to new times needs to be avoided!
- Eat lunch right before nap time. However, watch for falling asleep in the high chair.
14 month old baby routine
Hopefully, this helps you structure your days more successfully.