At this age, 11 hours of sleep at night and about 2 hours in the daytime is what is needed for your child's proper growth. You will also notice that it is becoming more and more difficult to put your child to sleep as there are so many exciting things for them to do. They are just not willing to go to sleep as they are very eager to use their every minute to explore, experiment and test their boundaries.
What you need to know
Proper sleep at this age is very important for both mental and physical growth. Your child is in one of their most active ages and some downtime is essential to keep the body going. Sleep is the time when the body rejuvenates. Sleep helps your child to focus and remember all that has been learnt during the day. Sleeping well also supports the immune system so children who get adequate sleep are less prone to falling sick.
What you need to do
If you have been using a crib for your child, it is the right time to make the transition to the bed as your toddler is now able to climb out of the crib on their own and this can result in injury. Try to use a bed that is low. It might take your child some time to get adjusted to the bed and your encouragement will be needed at this time.
Most toddlers resist going to bed and have numerous night- time waking-up. This is due to their drive for independence, self-assertion, separation anxiety from the parent and vivid imagination that can lead to nightmares. As parents you will have to be patient and try to enforce a proper sleep rule to help your child’s growth.