As your baby becomes a toddler, his or her sleep habits change. The world is getting more exciting, and your toddler may not be ready to sleep at bedtime. Nap time also may change. Your toddler might resist a morning nap and want to rest only in the afternoon.
If you feel your toddler isn't getting enough sleep, you may be worried. Sleep is important. Toddlers ages 1 to 3 need about 12 hours of sleep a day, including about 1½ to 3½ hours of nap time.
It is common for toddlers to wake up at night. Most of the time, when toddlers have trouble sleeping, it's because they do not have a set bedtime routine. Doing the same things in order every night helps your child know what to expect and sleep better.
But some toddlers have sleep problems that keep them, and often their families, from getting the sleep they need. These problems include:
Your doctor will work with you to find out what is causing your toddler's sleep problem. For many children, getting regular exercise, eating well, and having a good bedtime routine relieves sleep problems. If you try these changes and your child still has problems, the doctor may suggest testing or other treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Your growing child may be too excited about life to want to nap. But even if your toddler does not sleep, he or she usually still needs a restful break. The following tips can help you with nap time.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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