Up to the age of 3 years old, your child still needs a lot of sleep. They will often still sleep for between 13 or 14 hours, divided between day and night. These sleep phases are all the more important because your child is learning so much new information throughout the day. Your child is in the midst of growth and body and brain development.

How is sleep organized between the ages of 1 and 3?

Between the ages of 1 and 3 years old, sleep during the day will gradually reduce. The morning nap disappears between 15 and 18 months, while the afternoon nap extends, which lasts until 2 to 5 years. A nap is very important for your child and should not be forgotten. If they refuse to go to sleep, you can offer them at least a quiet time in bed, away from distractions.

In general, between the ages of 1 and 3, your child is building the rhythm and structure of their sleep. Your child needs cues to acquire the habits of a stable sleep. A sleep-poor child may be particularly grumpy, restless or irritable during the day.

The difficulties of bedtime

Most parents will have difficulties at some point in getting their child to sleep. Just as you think that you have cracked the bedtime routine, they start to delay bedtime and you hear the familiar “I’m not tired!”  Your child, more aware of themselves and their environment, begins to fear separation. They test the responses and “wills” of their entourage, and try to identify their limits by opposing you. They can also sometimes be afraid of surrendering to sleep if they have had bad dreams or nightmares.  

Tips to help your child fall asleep

  • Prepare for the bedtime routine by being less excited and having a quiet moment, without screens or exciting games.
  • Stick to a regular bedtime schedule and set up a ritual:  history/tooth washing/toilet/sleep
  • Say “good night” and “see you tomorrow” so your child knows you’ll see them again in the morning. If necessary, put a nightlight in their room or leave a light on in the hallway, with the door slightly open.
  • Leave the room before your child goes to sleep. Let them settle.
  • Make their room and bed a pleasant place where they will feel safe and enjoy being.

Preparing for bed

This article was first published by Laudavie on the 30th October 2018 and has been translated and adapted for our English speaking audience. 

Designed and produced in France, the Calmosine Sleep sachets are certified organic by the independent body Ecocert which approves the selection of raw materials, formulation, manufacturing process and labelling. Calmosine Sleep contains organic plant extracts from plants grown and harvested by farmers committed to using sustainable and environmentally friendly growing methods.

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