How Much Sleep Is Enough For Your Baby – 12 months to 3 years old

All children are different which means that some children will sleep more and some will sleep less.

From 12 months to 3 years: children need between 12-13 hours per day over a 24 hour period with one long overnight sleep and 1 to 3 sleep/s during the day depending on their individual needs. Some children will not require a day sleep. If your child is happy and displays no tired signs or cues  a short `nap’ or quiet time may be sufficient.

When your child becomes tired or overtired, behaviour can become irritable, overactive and/or demanding. Respond to  tired signs or cues by introducing a quiet time to wind down by reducing activities and decreasing stimulation in preparation for sleep.

At night tell your child what you expect from him and what is going to happen next. In a calm voice give positive instruction such as ‘it’s time to go to sleep – see you in the morning’. This makes bedtime seem less scary and just part of the routine.

Resist the urge to rush in to your child if he cries out in the night. Leave him for a few minutes and see if he settles on his own.

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