Sleep Needs, Patterns and Problems

The National Sleep Foundation offers a succinct guide to children’s sleeping patterns and potential problems at various ages and stages of their lives, including the toddler years. The website also features an “Ask the Expert” section on specific sleep problems.

How Many Naps?

You may be wondering how much sleep your toddler needs these days, particularly if he’s now only interested in 1 nap per day. Toddlers need about 12-14 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period.

Generally, by around 18 months, their naps will decrease to 1 per day, lasting from 1-3 hours. That nap, obviously, shouldn’t occur too close to bedtime.

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