Milestones in Your Child’s Sleep and Naps Timeline (Toddlers to Preschoolers)
Do you know how much time your toddler or preschooler needs to sleep? As you may well be aware of, sufficient sleep is necessary for the development of babies and children in general, so it is imperative that you monitor your toddler’s or preschooler’s sleeping and napping habits. To help you out in this area, we have listed below the milestones in the sleeping and napping timeline of toddlers (age 12 months to 18 months) and preschoolers (age 2 years to 3 years).
• 12 Months – At 12 months, your child should be sleeping for just a little less than 14 hours every day. Most of the sleep is already obtained at night (anywhere from 11 to 12 hours). You can also expect your child to be napping twice a day during day time. The naps may also be shortening in terms of length.
• 18 Months – Toddlers age 18-months are still sleeping for a little less than 14 hours on a daily basis. During this time though, you may notice that your toddler’s morning (or first) nap has been eliminated. Instead, the nap will occur during the afternoon and thankfully she’ll probably hang on to that afternoon nap for another couple of years. Most 18-month-old children still sleep for about 11 hours every night.
• 2 Years – By the time that your child is age 2, his/her sleeping time every day can total to 13 hours. Most kids this age still need to take a nap in the afternoon. At night, they tend to get about 11 hours of sleep. In addition, you can also expect your preschooler to start resisting sleeping.
• 3 Years – 3-year-old children usually sleep for about 12 hours every day. They may still take one afternoon nap, but there are some who no longer do. This is fine, as long as they extend their night sleep. Many children at this age have already made the switch from a crib to a big-kid bed.