Parenting--Toddlers/Infants/Pre-Schoolers/sleep

Advertisement


Question
Hello, I have a 26 month y/o child and was wondering how many hours is within normal range for him to sleep within a 24 hr period. At night he sleeps about 13 hours and normally takes a 3 hour nap. This seems like a lot..is it too much? Thanks

Answer
Hello Whitney,

 There is a lot of variety in the amount of time children sleep. Typical night-time sleeping hours range from about 12 to 15 hours. Many children are ready to give up naps during their second or third year, but some children continue to have naps of varying lengths.
Your child seems to need a lot of sleep, but there is no reason to believe there is anything wrong with the number of hours he is sleeping each day.

Best,

James Windell  

Parenting--Toddlers/Infants/Pre-Schoolers

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


James Windell

Expertise

I can answer questions related to normal child development, disturbed behavior and how to provide appropriate guidance and discipline.

Experience

I've been a clinical psychologist in a juvenile court, worked in school settings, been a child psychotherapist in a private psychiatric clinic and consulted with schools, courts, hospitals and daycare centers.

Organizations
American Psychological Association
Michigan Psychological Association

Publications
I have been a columnist with the Oakland Press (Oakland County, MI) for 21 years writing a weekly column called Coping With Kids, which is also published weekly in the Staten Island Advance. I have been a mental health columnist with the Detroit Free Press and a columnist for Working Mother Magazine. In addition, I have published articles in professional journals. I have published 16 books, among them are "8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child" (IDG Books), "Discipline: A Sourcebook of 50 Failsafe Techniques for Parents" (IDG Books); "Children Who Say No When You Want Them to Say Yes" (IDG Books), "What You Need to Know About Ritalin" (Bantam Books) "6 Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers" (John Wiley & Sons), "The Fatherstyle Advantage" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) and "Defusing High Conflict Divorce" (Impact Publishers). My latest parenting book (2012) is "The Everything Child Psychology and Development Book." Articles about my work with parents has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. My website at Jimwindell.com includes more information about me, my books and includes many columns I've written.

Education/Credentials
B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University

Awards and Honors
Best Educational Program by Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (National award for the development of a parent training program for parents of delinquent teenagers. Beth Clark Service Award from the Michigan Psychological Association.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.