How long should a toddler nap?
My eighteen-month-old daughter is a proper grump if she forgoes an afternoon nap. And a grumpy baby makes a grumpy mummy.
So nap time is essential. But, just how long should a toddler nap?
Prima Baby & Pregnancy suggests that toddlers (aged 1-3) need a daytime nap, the length of which will depend on the age.
Jo Tatum, sleep specialist and author of bestselling Baby Secrets: How to Know Your Baby’s Needs, says that a one-year-old will need up to two and a half hours during the day, decreasing to two hours when he’s two, with 11-12 hours at night.
Then when he’s two-and-a-half to three, he will only be having around a one-and-a-half-hour nap, with 10-12 hours at night.
According to Jo, some two-year-olds start dropping naps on some days and by the time your toddler reaches three, he may not need a nap at all.
If I have it my way, my daughter will nap for as long as I can get away with it.
Amelia’s daytime sleeps are a chance for me to work and think. That couple of hours are my keep-sane-recuperation-time, and I hold them dear.
Afternoon naps are as important for mums as for their children!
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