Sleep Schedule: How Much Should A Toddler Sleep?

Toddler sleep schedules are an important issue and critical for the healthy development of a child. The consequences that accompany lack of sleep in children this age is not fun to deal with. Every parent should be armed with the proper information to answer the following questions: How much should a toddler sleep? How long should a toddler nap? What is a good bedtime and how can I make sure my child is getting enough sleep? Let’s get started!


How Much Should a Toddler Sleep Based on Their Age?

Please remember that this an average toddler sleep schedule. Minor changes are OK to make. It is best to monitor your child’s daytime behavior to determine if their sleep schedule needs to be adjusted.


Typical Sleep Schedule for 1 – 2 Year Old Toddlers

Toddlers ranging from 12-18 months old need approximately 13.5 – 14 hours of sleep per night.This would be broken up as follows:

  • 11 – 11.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.
  • 2.5 hours of napping during the day. Younger toddlers (closer to 12 months old) will benefit from a morning and afternoon nap. Children closer to 18 months old can take a single nap in the afternoon.


How Much Should a 2-3 Year Old Toddler Sleep?

The amount of time your toddler should sleep at this age will only require a slight adjustment. Around the age of 2 years old, their total hours of sleep should decrease to approximately 13 total hours.

  • 11 hours of uninterrupted nighttime sleep
  • 2 hour afternoon nap during the day


Additional Toddler Sleep Schedules

Age 3:  A toddler sleep schedule can be reduced to a total of 12 hours at age 3. This would include 10.5 hours of nighttime sleep along with a 1.5 hour nap.

Age 4: Age 4 is usually when most toddlers stop napping. This may or may not be the case with your little one. They may still nap on some days. On other days you can give them 30-45 minutes of quiet time in the afternoon. They will require approximately 11.5 hours of sleep at night to offset the lack of napping.

Age 5: 11 hours of sleep each night is the number a 5 year old toddler should aim for each night. Continue encouraging 30-45 minutes of quiet time in the afternoon.


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Toddler Sleep Schedule


How Many Naps Should My Toddler Take?

A young toddlers nap schedule generally consists of two naps per day, a morning nap and an afternoon nap. Young children will generally give up the morning nap sometime between 15-18 months old, though some give it up sooner or later. Toddler naps are usually 1-3 hours long. As the toddler gets older, the naps may become shorter in length.


What Is A Good Toddler Bedtime?

The right bedtime for your tot will depend on their personal needs. Many young children wake up at roughly the same time in the morning no matter what time they were put to bed. Because of this, it’s important to put your little one to bed at a time that will allow him/her to get enough rest. Many recommend a slightly earlier bedtime, giving your child some time to unwind before going to sleep. A proper toddler bedtime routine can help your child get much better sleep at night.


What Factors Affect How Much Sleep My Toddler Needs?

There are several factors that can affect how much rest your little one needs.

Your tot will generally need more sleep under these circumstances:

  • Sickness
  • Stress
  • Getting Poor Sleep Quality (Including Night Waking)
  • Having to Make up For Lost Sleep


What Can I Do To Make Sure My Child Gets Enough Sleep?

Here are some tips to help make sure your little one gets adequate rest:

  • Have a naptime and bedtime routine.
  • Have naptimes and bedtimes at roughly the same times each day.
  • Don’t allow your tot to fall asleep while watching TV.
  • Kids sleep best in a quiet, dark environment that is not too hot or too cold.
  • Help your toddler avoid a lot of physical activity right before bedtime.


What Happens If My Toddler Does Not Get Enough Sleep?

Getting the proper amount of sleep is critical for young, growing children.

A lack of sleep may cause many problems including:

  • Irritability and crankiness
  • Making it more difficult to fall asleep and get good quality sleep
  • Increased “night wakings”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble controlling emotions
  • May increase likelihood of obesity
  • Lowered immune system function


The Ultimate Toddler Sleep Advice:

This sleep guide does not need to be read in any particular order

  • Chapter 1: A Proper Toddler Sleep Schedule (YOU ARE HERE)
  • Chapter 2: Setting the Perfect Toddler Bedtime
  • Chapter 3: The Ultimate Bedtime Routine for Toddlers
  • Chapter 4: Toddler Napping Tips and Schedule
  • Chapter 5: Is My Child Ready for a Real Bed?
  • Chapter 6: Advanced Tips: Crib to Bed Transition
  • Chapter 7: Best Bed Choice for a Toddler
  • Chapter 8: How to Stop a Toddler From Waking up in the Middle of the Night
  • Chapter 9: Help Your Toddler Give up the Bottle
  • Chapter 10: Tips for Ending the Pacifier Habit
  • Chapter 11: Eliminate Bedtime Tantrums Once and For All
  • Chapter 12: How to Stop Toddler Bed Wetting
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