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Q&A:
Does My Toddler Sleep Too Much?

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Question:
My 16-month-old toddler sleeps 12 hours a night, and then naps for a couple of hours midday. Is that normal?

Answer:
The easy answer is yes, your toddler’s sleep pattern sounds perfectly normal. How much sleep a toddler needs and whether that slumber is in one long stretch or broken up with naps varies from child to child. That said, a typical toddler your child’s age probably sleeps 13 hours a day, with one or two naps that can range from 1 to 2 hours each.

The only reason to be concerned is if your toddler seems overly fatigued when he’s awake, despite all his snoozing. Is he an active child, playing happily when he’s awake? Or does he get tired easily and seem exhausted all the time? While you might expect a tired toddler to have no energy, a young child fighting fatigue can actually be hyperactive, cranky, or exhibit extremes in behavior.

If you suspect your child is overly tired despite all his sleep, check in with his pediatrician. Many illnesses can cause fatigue, and it’s worth following up just to be sure. But if your child is happy, healthy, energetic, and alert, there’s no need for concern.

As your little one gets older, you can expect his sleep patterns to continue to change. A typical 2-year-old needs about 11 to 12 hours of sleep, plus a 2-hour nap.

 
 
 
 
 
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