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As babies become toddlers, their 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 that your toddler isn't getting enough sleep, talk to your child's doctor. Toddlers ages 1 to 3 need about 12 hours of sleep a day, including about 1½ to 3½ hours of nap time.
It's common for toddlers to wake up at night. A set bedtime routine can help avoid some of those problems. 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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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