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Is my 16-month-old sleeping too much?

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I have a 16-month-old daughter and she really likes to sleep. She will go to bed at 8 p.m. and not get up until 8:30 or 9 a.m. And then she will lie back down around 11 or 11:30 a.m. and sleep for a couple more hours. Is this all right, to let her sleep that long?

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It sounds as if your daughter sleeps about 15 hours a day. This is certainly within the normal range for a toddler. Every child has different sleeping needs, and any child's sleeping pattern may change over time. Given the opportunity to sleep, every healthy child will take whatever time she needs to sleep. As long as your daughter is alert and plays normally between naps, she is merely taking the time her body needs to sleep. If your daughter seems to tire easily with normal play or always appears fatigued, you should have her checked by her health care provider. Many childhood illnesses involve general fatigue; these can be ruled out with a thorough medical examination.  
 
 
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