Sleep Recommendations for Your Child – Toddlers
On the younger spectrum, the average toddler (ages 1 to 3) sleeps roughly 10-13 hours a night and takes 1 to 3-hour naps during the day. However, the sleep habits of children can vary considerably and still be considered “normal.” Though it may be hard to tell what the right amount is for your little one, if he or she seems to be ready to wake up in the morning and is generally cheerful performing daily activities, you should be right on target.
Typically at this age, some toddlers experience separation anxiety, so it is important to enforce bedtime routines and stick to them in order to promote effective sleep habits. There are certain conditions such as your child being ill, which requires your extra care.
- Establish a bedtime routine to help your child relax and get ready for sleep.
- Avoid making the mistake of thinking that keeping kids up will make them sleepier at bedtime. Children often have a harder time sleeping if they’re overtired.
- Don’t force your child to nap, but do schedule some quiet time.
- Comfort your child if he or she has had a bad dream.
- Be sure your toddler’s room and your house is safe.
- Avoid letting your child watch television, or play video games before bedtime as it may disturb their sleep.
- Make bedtime the same time every night.
- Read stories nightly.
- Make sure your toddler’s room is quiet and at a comfortable temperature all night long.