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Toddler and Naps

Toddler and Naps

Are you worried your child may not be getting enough sleep?, worried your child isn’t speaking yet or cannot use the toilet at age 3? Welcome to parenthood! It most times seem like like it’s going to be a lifetime of worrying about one thing or the other. But, it’s not. Don’t get frustrated, just do your best.

We as adults know the importance of a good sleep, and the occassional naps(when we’re able to get one) to our bodies, so you can imagine our worry when we feel our little darling isn’t getting enough sleep(night or day).

Sleep, as we all know, is a major requirement for sound health, and for our little ones to get the right amount of sleep, some daytime nap is usually needed.

Daytime naps not only helps keep children from getting overtired, but also gives parents/caregivers time to get rested or tackle some other chores. So, you see, it benefits all concerned.

HOW MUCH SLEEP DOES MY TODDLER NEED?

Sleep needs are individual and so no can categorically say how much sleep a particular child should have at a certain time. There are however, guidelines to how much sleep a toddler is required to have.

As toddlers grow, they require less naps and start to fight going to sleep either at daytime or nighttime. Some experts suggests that when a toddler starts to fight sleep, it’s time to reduce his day sleep. Check out our article on sleep duration for babies and toddlers

Toddlers (1-3years) generally require 12 to 14 hours of sleep, including an afternoon nap of 1 to 3 hours. Some toddlers might still be taking two naps before bedtime. Make sure these naps are not too close to bedtime, as they may make it difficult for your child to fall asleep at night or sleep through the night. For most toddlers though, one daytime nap is all they need to be well rested.

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years) require about 11 to 12 hours at night, and an afternoon nap. Some preschoolers give up daytime napping by 5 years of age while some might still need a nap. Whatever the need of your child is, try sticking to a routine that works for both of you. If your child refuses to sleep during the day, try making him or her observe a quiet time, just resting or reading a book. Even if it doesn’t lead to sleep, at least your little one is still rested.

IS MY TODDLER GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP?

One major sign that your child isn’t getting enough sleep is fatigue.

To know if your toddler is getting enough sleep, look out for these signs

  • Your child finds it hard to get out of bed in the mornings.

  • Your child gets cranky and irritable during the day.

  • Your child usually acts sleepy during the day.

  • Your child finds it hard to concentrate on tasks .

If you notice any of these in your toddler, he or she just might be sleep deprived or not getting enough sleep. Consider making adjustments to your child’s daily routine and put him or her to bed early enough.

You might try waking your child from a daytime nap earlier than usual so he or she has a longer active period before bedtime. Remember that well-rested kids are quicker to settle down at night than overtired kids.

If you are still concerned about your toddler’s nap time or sleep habits, speak to a doctor.









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