What should be my toddler’s sleep time? Lots of moms would like to have an answer to this question. Are there any sleep requirements depending on a child’s age? Yes, there are certain requirements. But if your child’s sleep time is far from meeting these requirements, you shouldn’t get frustrated.
Don’t forget that every toddler is unique, and there are lots of factors that affect the length of your child’s sleep:
— State of health. If your toddler is in pain, if it’s hard for him to relax and he feels discomfort, sleeping is out of question. But if your baby feels weak or unwell his sleep time will be longer. Constant sleepiness and languor are a serious reason to see a doctor.
— Psychoemotional state. If your toddler’s day was eventful, tumultuous and the kid got lots of new impressions, if he had quite an active evening before going to sleep, his sleep will most likely be short and troubled.
— Physical activity. If your kid got physically exhausted and had lots of outdoor activities, there’s a big chance his sleep will be long and deep.
— Temperament. Choleric kids tend to sleep a little less that average, while phlegmatic kids sleep a little more than that.
Based on all the above-mentioned factors, it can be said that sleep needs are very individual.
An approximate sleep time for children
Quantity of naps
Total nap time
Total night sleep
Total sleep per 24 hours
How can you make your child’s sleep as comfortable and refreshing as possible?
— Schedule. And it doesn’t depend on how old your kid is in any way. Sleeping (during a day or at night) at the same time creates a habit. By some certain time your kid’s body will be getting prepared for rest and start producing the “sleeping” hormones. This way it will be easier for your child fall asleep, and the very sleep will be much more peaceful.
— Calm and relaxed mood. It would be better to stop playing any noisy active games at least two hours before going to sleep. Making it a kind of ritual might be a good idea. It will help your kid to relax and help him to understand the rightness of what is happening. With these simple actions you will make sure that your kid falls asleep fast, sleeps peacefully and soundly. Just don’t switch on TV. Even the most unobtrusive cartoons and shows won’t help calming your kid down. It’s a proved fact that the glow that computer or TV screens emit stop your body from producing melatonin hormone that’s responsible for sleep control. The best accompaniment to falling asleep is a mom’s voice. You can tell your child some fairy-tale, you can sing a lullaby or just discuss your kid’s day and make some plans for tomorrow.
— Comfortable home environment. Make sure your kid’s room is well ventilated before he goes to sleep. It’s much easier to fall asleep if the air in your room is pleasantly cool than when it’s dry and sultry. The curtains have to be made of thick material; the darker the room is the better your kid’s sleep will be. Why? Because one’s body produces melatonin during the dark time of the day. If your kid is afraid of darkness, you can switch a dim night-light on (but it’s better to turn it off after your kid falls asleep so that his body could function normally).
— Quiet room. It goes without saying that a loud noise will hinder your kid from sleeping for a while. But even soft sounds may be the reason why your kid sleeps less than he should. They just don’t let him have his quality sleep time, even if his sleep was long enough.
Of course, these recommendations are for making your toddler’s sleep as nice and good as possible. But no matter how old your child is, whether he is a baby or a teenager, fresh air, absence of aggressive external irritants and even sleeping schedule will remain basic principles of proper rest.
A child’s sleep is so important and so fragile. Any sleep time requirements are no more than numbers and dry facts. But how much your own child will sleep, how deep and nice his sleep will be and whether your kid will be well rested depends on you only.