Understanding child development is a protective factor against child abuse and neglect. In this lesson, you will learn about typical development. You will also learn developmentally appropriate expectations for children’s behavior.
When your child sleeps at the same time everyday, sleep comes so much easier. That’s because his body clock is set to feel drowsy and accept falling asleep at predictable times. And the more you can keep up a consistent toddler nap schedule, the better your little one will nap. If your toddler naps well at daycare, keep your schedule the same as theirs.
Yes, this means you’ll need to prioritize your toddler nap schedule on the weekends. But having a toddler that naps easily means you get a few hours to yourself every Saturday and Sunday!
Routines play an important role in children’s development. They give toddlers a sense of security and emotional stability, because their world becomes predictable.
The best strategy on how to get your 1 or 2 year old to nap well everyday is: wake your child up at the same time each morning, and keep a consistent nap time and bedtime.
A toddler that naps twice daily needs awake times of 3-4 hours. A toddler napping once daily needs awake times of 4-6 hours. That’s a pretty big range, so finding the exact awake time that your toddler needs takes some trial and error.
When in doubt, go with short awake times and extend them if you see that your toddler isn’t yet tired enough to nap.
My Daily Schedules & Developmental Activities guide has several examples of sleep and nap schedules for toddlers. Plus lots of ideas for activities and creative play to do with your little one.
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