Mother and Baby

Baby Sleep: What’s Normal Between 18 And 24 Months?

As your child reaches the two-year stage, get ready for her to start testing the sleep boundaries a bit more

Here you are. About to hit the two-year mark with your baby. Seriously, where did the time go?

Your child’s sleep doesn’t change too much in the run up to this age, and chances are she’ll still be enjoying her lunchtime nap and around 11 hours snooze a night. 

However, you may find she’s a bit more resistant at nap and bedtimes, and even waking in the night a little. This could be for a few reasons, including the fact that she’s simply feeling a bit adventurous and testing her boundaries.

‘If she’s started nursery or has moved into a different bed perhaps, waking in the night more may also indicate a little separation anxiety or anxiety about new experiences,’ says Maryanne Taylor, baby sleep consultant and founder of Child Sleep Works.

You may find she’s a bit more resistant at nap and bedtimes, and even waking in the night a little

What her sleep is like

She’ll snooze relatively quietly with some movement while she settles herself during the night, something she’ll be able to do more soundly now. Although this stage could see her needing a bit more nighttime attention from you than usual.

Our top sleep tip

If your child is waking in the night more than usual, the key to soothing her is consistency – whether that’s in leaving her to self-settle or going to comfort her back to sleep.

‘Whatever technique you use, sticking with just that will help stop your toddler getting confused or frustrated,’ says Maryanne.

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