Child Sleep Habits

Most toddlers and preschoolers are able to sleep through the night. Children may wake at night if they are upset, sick, growing quickly or having changes in routine.

At this stage, let the child try to fall back to sleep on their own. If they do not settle after a few minutes, go in to care for them without offering to feed them (a drink of water is fine).

If your child has slept poorly, they may need longer naps the next day (and so will you).

Every child is different. Some sleep a lot and others much less. On average toddlers need approximately 10-13 hours of sleep (including naps) in a 24-hour period.

Bedtime routines

Good sleep habits start from birth. It takes time for a child to learn healthy sleep habits. Parents can help their children learn those habits by keeping the same bedtime every night and having a bedtime routine.

A bedtime routine can include having a bath, brushing their teeth, reading a story, singing softly or other quiet actions that relax your child.

Keep the routine simple so it can be used anywhere, anytime. Ask everyone who looks after your child to follow the same routine; this way your child will know when it is time to go to sleep.

If you are concerned about your child's sleep, talk to your health care provider.

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