What is your toddler's sleep schedule?

How old is he/she? How many naps? If only one nap, when did he/she stop taking two naps? How many hours a night do they get?

Just curious. My 16 month old daughter takes only one 2 hour nap every morning but she seems tired in the afternoon recenlty. And now she is having night terrors out of no where and I read that those can be cause by going to bed "overly tired". She sleeps 12 hours every night too. I have no idea what is going on. Is this just a stage?


Asked by mommacierra at 8:05 PM on Mar. 16, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My daughter stopped taking her afternoon nap at about 14 months. So I slowly kept her up later in the morning until I was able to push her nap back to almost noon. That's the latest I've ever been able to get it. Getting sleep in the early afternoon is the critical thing - it helps balance the waking hours, giving a little sleep closer to the middle of their day.
    She gets up at 7:30 ish in the morning and goes to bed at 7:30ish in the evening. She takes one nap that can be as short as 45 mintues or as long as 3 hours.

    Night terrors can be caused by being overtired. Some medicines can cause them too. So can eating too big a dinner too close to bedtime. I'd try moving her nap and see if things improve.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 8:25 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

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  • My daughter is 21 months. She started refusing her afternoon nap around 11 months, so we forced her to push her morning nap later. It was noon from about 12 months to 16 months, and then 1:00 for awhile, now it's often as late as 1:30 pm. She'll sleep an hour and half to three hours, though usually on the shorter side. She sleeps 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 hours at night. If your daughter has given up her afternoon nap, I would try to make her morning one later until it turns into an afternoon nap because I think that's the one they need most.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 8:31 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

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  • Also, consider cutting out bedtime snacks or going to sleep with a drink. Sometimes the slight movements and digestive activities can disrupt sleep. This was a problem with my son until I stopped the bedtime snack.

    Answer by TessaBianca at 8:34 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

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  • Sounds like her nap needs to be pushed back to an afternoon nap and perhaps bed time moved up a bit.
    My twins are 27 mos. Around 15 mos we transitioned from two naps to one. Their bed time has been 7p.m. since they were 6 mos old and their wake time is usually around 6:30 a.m. When we first transitioned from two naps to one they'd have lunch between 11:30 and 12 and then go down for a nap. Somewhere around 18 mos or so we moved to lunch between 12 and 12:30 and nap at 1p.m. (one usually has a bm after lunch and it was interfering with nap so I pushed nap back so he could do what he needed to do and get a decent nap).
    When we made the transition from two naps to one I started with an early lunch (10a.m) followed by the nap. I also moved bed time up to 6:30. Each day I pushed the lunch/nap back by a half hour, kept the early bed time and within a week they were on lunch/nap at 12. I kept the early bed time an additional week.

    Answer by twinclubmom at 8:59 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

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  • my son is 16 months, he started taking 1 nap a day at around 14-15 months. He wakes up at 7, takes a nap at 12 and always naps to at least 1:30, and on good days till 3. And he goes to bed at 8

    Answer by ClvDandJ at 9:01 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

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  • Avery is 14 months. Some days he only takes 1 nap and some days 2 depending on how active he is. He goes to bed around 8 and gets up about 7. His naps lately have been lasting about 2 hours but he seems to be wanting to nap at about 4 or 5 and get back up at 6. The only problem is he is then not tired enough for his 8:00 bed time. Today he only took a 2 hour nap that ended at 12:30. I was so sure he would take a second one but no such luck. I kept him up and he got his second wind about 6 or so and stayed up till 8. He faught his bed time though and I have been noticing that he does that if I let him get too tired. Not sure about nighmares becuase I have not yet had to deal with them so good luck with that I hope it gets better.

    Answer by Sammieanne at 9:26 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

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  • He will be 2 April 3rd. He takes 1 nap about 5 hours after he wakes up. (Whenever that is).Somethimes he is up at 7 and sometimes he is sleeping till 9 am. His bedtime though is 9 pm everynight. He sleeps all the way through.

    Answer by lincsmom74 at 10:31 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

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  • my son sleeps 11-12 hours a night. he takes one nap at about 11 for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. he is 15 months. he just started with the one nap thing like 2-3 wks ago. he goes to bed at 7:30 and wakes up anywhere from 6:30 to 7:30 am.

    Answer by proudmama1207 at 10:42 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

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  • 2 years old. some days afternoon nap at 2 for a hour or two..some days not. goes to bed 730ish every night, wakes up at 8 every morning..like clockwork.

    no night terrors, no problems. only issue is her getting out of bed and waking us up in the morning too early some days...every once in awhile she wakes up at 7 on satu. or sunday mornings and comes to get us lol. she can climb out of anything.

    for her..and this helped a lot. she has a music maker on the side of her bed, had it since she was 3 months old. it plays lullabies and has monkeys and frogs on it that move back and forth in a little waterfall. if she wakes up..she'll press the button to turn it on and watch it and put herself back to sleep. she's done that since she was about 15 months

    Answer by moki1984 at 12:00 AM on Mar. 17, 2009

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  • My son wakes up about 7AM to go to his grandmas he is then up all day with his twin cousins and takes a nap at about 3pm and his naps are usually 3-4hrs long. Then he is up until about 9:30 10:00pm and goes back out for the night. His naps are long but his Dr. Said it could be because he is so active.

    Answer by Bayareamommy510 at 1:35 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

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