How much sleep does my toddler need?

  • By six months about 50% of babies are sleeping at least 5 hours in one continuous stretch at night. They are optimistically considered to be ‘sleeping through the night’.
  • If your toddler regularly sleeps for more than 2 hours during the day, waking him may encourage him to sleep longer at night.
  • While day sleeps will still occur, as he approaches his first birthday, your child will get most of his sleep at night.
  • Most children will continue to have two sleeps a day until 12 to 15 months, at which point they will transition to one day sleep.
  • Toddlers need 10-12 hours sleep a night. Most will continue to have a nap each day that lasts between one and two hours, until they are 3-4 years old.
  • Toddlers sleep deepest between 8pm and midnight so getting them to sleep between 7 and 8pm will encourage quality sleep.
  • 41% of young children between 2 and 3 years, will still wake once or twice a night, with a smaller percentage waking more often than that.
  • Many toddlers will have had all the sleep they need overnight by 5.30 – 6 am.


This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot New Zealand. Sources include SA Government’s Parenting and Child Health.

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