Getting Your Toddler to Sleep

Creating a structured schedule and a calming environment for your toddler might only be half the battle won. Your toddler is beginning to understand that they are their own person, and might start to assert their independence, no matter how tired they are, by refusing to sleep.

How many hours should a toddler sleep?
Your toddler needs around 14 hours of sleep a day, 11 of those hours at night. The rest will come in nap form. They will still need two naps at 12 months, but by the time they’re 18 months old, they may be ready for a single 90-minute to three-hour nap in the afternoon – a pattern they will probably follow until they’re 4 or 5.

If and when they show bedtime resistance, continue practising the bedtime routine strategies  you’ve been working on since your child was a baby. These include: