What to Expect: Toddlers

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Years 1-3

  • Need 12-14 hours of sleep per day.
  • By 18 months, 1 nap/day for 1 - 3 hours, no naps near bedtime.
  • Sleep problems in toddlers are fairly common: bedtime resistance, nighttime awakenings, sleepwalking, and nightmares.
  • Keep regular daytime & bedtime schedules, and a relaxing bedtime routine.
  • Set and consistently enforce limits.
  • A stuffed animal or blanket for security often helps a child to self-settle at this age.