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What time should i be putting my 2 1/2 year old to bed at night? im not sure he is getting enough sleep. && how many hours should he sleep at nap time?

Well, i have been trying to put my 2 1/2 year old to bed around 8:30-9:00 but he is waking up two-three times a night so im not sure that he is getting enough sleep and that may be the reason he wakes up and has what some people call "nightterrors". maybe i should be putting him to bed earlier? or maybe he should get a better nap in the afternoon? but im not sure how long i should let him sleep at nap time? or even what time i should put him down for his nap! please give me all the advice you can!! :)

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Asked by ksmith88 at 11:02 AM on Nov. 20, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Dont know why he would be getting up several times a night.... We put our daughter whos 27months to bed at 9-9:30 she sleeps until 8:30 in the morning never waking up. thena nap time around 12:30-1:00 after lunch. she naps for anywhere between 1 1/2 hrs to 2hrs. Shes always been a very good sleeper, and is never grumpy or anything. She is the happiest little thing when she wakes up all time! We have always just followed her que when its time for a nap or bed time. we have a very specific bedtime routine, maybe that would help. Maybe he is going to bed too early so he wakes up after an hour or so. And I think nap time should be earlier the better or they will never go to bed at night!

    Answer by nicholelpb at 11:07 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Our 2 & 3 yr. olds go to bed between 7:30 & 8PM sleep through till 8 - 8:30AM and nap from 1 -3PM everyday. I think they say babies and toddlers need 10 -12 or so hours of sleep in a 24 hour period.

    Answer by BlessedMommy64 at 11:15 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • I'm not sure why he would be getting up like that either... Our 22 month old son goes down for bed between 8-8:30 and sleeps until around 7:30-8. He only wakes up if he is wet (he hates his diaper being dirty) and needs a diaper change. He goes down for his nap around noon and generally sleeps 2-3 hours depending on well what we do during the day really... if we are outside all day then he generally sleeps longer. We too have a very specific routine at bed time with both of our children and that has really helped us.

    Answer by snwalways at 11:18 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Naps usually start between noon and 1pm. Let him sleep as long as he wants BUT wake him before 4:30. Some kids take a 45 mintue nap, some kids take a 2 or 3 hour nap.

    My daughter goes to bed at 7:30 (she's 27 months) and sleeps until 7:00 in the morning. She takes about an hour 20 minute nap. So she gets about 12 1/2 hours sleep a day

    In general, toddlers need 11 to 14 hours of sleep a day. If your little guy has circles under his eyes, if his lower lids are baggy or even doubled, if his behavior in the late afternoon and evening is awful - then he needs more sleep.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:55 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • my daughter is 22 months, goes to bed between 8/8:30, wakes up once, twice, sometimes three times a night, wakes up about 6:30 am, and takes a 2 hour nap mid-day. all kids are different. if they are tired, they will sleep. dont worry.

    Answer by Aurorasmom at 12:34 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • Kids this age typically need 12.5 hrs sleep minimum a day, according to Sleep Easy Solution authors. They typically sleep 11 hours overnight & the rest in a 1.5-3 hr nap after lunch. A few kids do fine on 10.5 hrs overnight sleep. They don't recommend bed times later than 8 PM. I tend to agree with that for my 22mo DD.

    Answer by Bookwormy at 1:41 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

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