19 month old sleep schedule: Bedtime and nap schedule

Amber LoRe - Sleep Consultant / Pediatric sleep consultant / Created Jul 23 2021
19 month old sleep schedule

Now that your 19 month old has settled into a 1-nap schedule, you should find it easier to follow a predictable routine where naptime and bedtime occur around the same time each day. Regular bedtimes aren’t just easier for you to plan your evenings, but are incredibly beneficial for children. Research has shown that irregular bedtimes are linked to difficulties such as hyperactivity, acting out, and being emotionally withdrawn.


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At 19 months old, we’ll continue to aim for at least 13 hours of total sleep per day (11 - 12 hours at night and 2 - 3 hours of day sleep in 1 nap). Most children this age need 5 - 5.75 hours of awake time in between sleep periods.

[Note: for children who were born early, we go by their adjusted age for sleep development.]

Busy toddlers often nap more easily if they’ve had the opportunity to exercise their minds and bodies beforehand. Incorporate some extra movement before naptime with a game of soccer outside, a dance party in the living room. Not only does it get them moving, you get to jam out to some of your favorite songs as well.

Transitioning away from the crib before 3 years of age can turn a great sleeper into a “jack in the box” toddler who pops out of bed frequently. Your 19 month old may surprise you with exciting new tricks regularly, but plan on keeping the crib until your child is developmentally ready to have the impulse control needed to stay in bed for the entire night. This typically falls around 3 years old, which is why it's recommended as a transition period.

19 month sample sleep schedule

Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.

Hopefully by this point, you are past the 18 month regression and moving into a pretty predictable schedule.

A 19 month old’s nap schedule should allow for 2 - 3 hours of daytime sleep, and 1 nap per day. Most toddlers need between 5 - 5.75 hours of awake time in between sleep periods at this age.

Plan for 1 nap a day, typically 5 hours after waking in the morning. It’s important to offer lunch before the nap, to help ensure that your toddler doesn’t wake early asking for snacks. If they’re not eating much lunch (because hello, toddlers), try offering them a tried-and-true snack just before naptime to make sure they won’t be too hungry to fall asleep.

If your toddler is struggling to fall asleep at bedtime, consider whether the awake period between nap and bedtime is age-appropriate. Insufficient awake time before bed often leads to lots of playtime in the crib before eventually falling asleep, whereas overtired toddlers are more likely to cry.

Morning rise7:00 AM
Nap12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (2 hour nap) 5 hours of of awake time before nap
Get ready for bed7:00 PM
Asleep7:45 PM 5.75 hours of awake time before bedtime
Morning rise7:00 AM
Nap12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (1.25 hour nap) 5 hours of of awake time before nap
Get ready for bed6:15 PM
Asleep7:00 PM 5.75 hours of awake time before bedtime
19 month old sleep schedule toddler

If your toddler is struggling to fall asleep at bedtime, consider whether the awake period between nap and bedtime is age-appropriate. Insufficient awake time before bed often leads to lots of playtime in the crib before eventually falling asleep, whereas overtired toddlers are more likely to cry.

Ideally, your 19 month old will be getting 11 - 12 hours of sleep at night, so bedtime should be about 12 - 13 hours after waking in the morning, as long as they nap well. If your toddler takes a short nap, you’ll want to offer an earlier bedtime to help limit overtiredness, which often leads to shortened nighttime sleep - not to mention an early wake time that you definitely want to avoid.

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19 month old baby sleep FAQ

Q: Can a 19 month old baby sleep through the night?

A:

Yes, at 19 months old, most babies are capable of sleeping through the night without parental assistance or feedings. If your toddler has strong independent sleeping skills and gets enough calories throughout the day, they’re more likely to sleep 11 - 12 hours without calling out for water/books/toys/snacks/hugs.

Q: How often do 19 month old babies sleep?

A:

When establishing your 19 month old’s sleep schedule, you’ll want to keep wake windows between 5 - 5.75 hours long. Generally, toddlers will stay awake for about 5 hours in the morning before their first nap, and up to 5.75 hours before bedtime.

Q: How much nighttime sleep for a 19 month old is appropriate?

A:

Ideally, your 19 month old baby will sleep for 11 - 12 hours at night. However, sleep needs do vary. If your baby has lower sleep needs than the average 13 hours of total sleep, pediatric sleep experts agree that you’ll still want to ensure that they get a minimum of 10 hours of nighttime sleep. Wearing them out with lots of physical activities and games is a great way to ensure they’re tired enough to sleep, and way more effective than Netflix.

Q: How much daytime sleep for a 19 month old is appropriate?

A:

Target 1 nap per day, with about 2 - 3 hours of day sleep for your 19 month old’s nap schedule. Even if they don’t sleep for the entire time, ensure they have some quiet time in their crib. (Hey, you’ve earned it!)

Q: Is there a 19 month old sleep regression?

A:

There’s an 18 month regression that typically occurs between 14 - 18 months of age, and can last 2 - 6 weeks. While it doesn’t impact every toddler, your 19 month old may experience a temporary change in sleep habits as a result. While it can be frustrating, or even trick you into thinking your toddler is done napping for good, don’t be fooled. Those squirmy little bodies still need their sleep to be adorably curious and upbeat. Keep a consistent routine for nap and bedtime, and encourage them to stay in their crib in a dark, quiet room.