Almost everyone knows newborns need to sleep virtually all day and all night. And, babies need a lot of sleep day and night, too. But, what about toddlers and preschoolers? How much sleep does a 3-year-old need?Your 3 year old needs an average of 11 hours 15 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period. Most of that sleep, if not all, will be made up of nighttime sleep. 3-year-olds need an average of 9 hours, 45 minutes to 11 hours, 15 minutes at night and 0 to 1 1/2 hours of sleep during the day.
This is a guest post written by Judith McLeanWhen your toddler is ready to make the transition from crib to their first bed, it’s a milestone often accompanied with lots of exciting decisions, from selecting new bedroom decor to choosing the right bedding.It’s usually only once you’ve decided on the bed and bought the duvet and bedding set that you start thinking about important safety questions, such as: when can a toddler use a pillow?Why Can’t Babies Use Pillows? Unlike
One of the most common sleep problems we hear in our Helpdesk with clients is their toddler is getting out of bed at the "wrong" time, whether they are "jack in the box" at bedtime, in and out of their bed all night, or whether they are waking up too early in the morning. Today, I am sharing an intro to a day-by-day plan to follow to get your toddler or preschooler to stay in bed all night, using a toddler clock.What is a toddler clock?First, I should clarify what I mean by a toddler
Monsters, ghouls, goblins, and absolutely the most adorable baby costumes! Halloween can be a ton of fun for grownups and little ones alike. But, Halloween season can also mean more nighttime fears for a lot of toddlers and preschoolers. As our 6-year old tried to hide in my jacket as we walked by the seasonal section at Target, I was reminded just how scary this time can be. But, nighttime fears can strike at any time, so today we are bringing 5 tried and true tips to ease these fears so you
It’s no surprise that children like to keep parents on their toes! Just when you thought all of your sleep issues were sorted out, your toddler starts waking up early. When they are in their “big” kid bed, they no longer have the confinement of the crib. What should you do to keep them from appearing at your bedside during the wee hours of the morning? Luckily, our sleep consultants have had personal experiences with this very issue with our own toddlers.What's helped many of us??
Whether your child was an awesome sleeper as an infant or has never slept well, many toddlers will have trouble with napping, sleeping through the night, or simply staying in bed at least sometimes. The problems that plagued your household when your itty bitty baby needed endless cuddles and round-the-clock feeds might be long behind you, but now you’ve got “bigger” problems to worry about. Maybe your toddler has learned to climb out of their crib and bedtime is now filled with frustration or
Hello! I am Noelle of Oh Happy Play. In recent months I have become the go to for all things floor beds and Montessori style bedrooms when I showcased my two daughters’ new rooms on my blog. I am so happy to have a chance to share just why we chose a Montessori style bedroom for our toddlers with you! Montessori teaching in general is a philosophy by Dr. Maria Montessori that education should be 100% child-centered so when it comes to using that mentality in a toddler’s bedroom you have
Toddler sleep is tough enough....but add in early rising on top of nighttime waking and short naps? That is a problem indeed! Early waking can be a particularly tough problem to tackle with toddlers, since they're so much more mobile and (and often more strong-willed) than babies. While an early-rising baby will cry, an early-rising toddler will climb out of bed, walk into your room, and insist that it's time to get up!Clearly, then, the problem of toddlers who are waking too early is one
If you have a toddler who just won't sleep well - who's popping in and out of bed like a jack-in-the-box at bedtime, for instance, or who still wakes frequently at night, or who just won't take long, restorative, consistent naps, despite your best efforts - then odds are you're feeling at your wit's end, and are looking for any (ANY) ideas that'll help you get your toddler sleeping better.Well, look no further! Today, Renee Frances, author of the adorable Good Night Fairy book series, is