Your Toddler: 13-18 Months

Q&A: Toddler Sleep Schedule?

I’m worried my toddler isn’t getting enough sleep. What is the sleep schedule I should be giving him?

Every toddler is different, but following some basic sleep guidelines can keep your toddler healthy and happy — and do wonders for your sanity.

The total number of hours that your child sleeps is incredibly important. Even a one hour shortage in appropriate sleep time will compromise a child’s alertness, brain functioning and increase fatigue in the early evening (and as you probably know, a tired toddler is a cranky toddler). Aim for 11 to 12 hours of sleep at night, plus one or two daily naps, which will add another one to two hours of sleep to your child’s total. If your toddler gets up at 7 a.m., a morning nap at 10 a.m. and an afternoon nap at 2 p.m. might work well. When your toddler transitions to just one nap, cut the difference in the middle: plan a nap around 12 p.m.

Thirteen to fourteen hours of sleep a day might seem like a lot, but it’s essential for your child’s growing body and brain. And don’t forget that you should sleep for seven to nine hours of those hours too!

Plus, more from The Bump:

Bedtime Routine for a Toddler

How to Switch to One Nap Per Day

Should I Wean My Toddler Off Her Blankie?

By Elizabeth Pantley, parenting expert and author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution, and The No-Cry Discipline Solution