While this age is when parents finally get to enjoy lengthy nights of sleep again, here come the naps, noises, and nightmares - some more sleeping habits which will be keeping you up at night.
Between the age of two and three, your toddler will more than likely be enjoying a blissful 11 hours (or so) of uninterrupted sleep at night.
At this age, your little one will have started to emulate older children and adults in their slumber patterns and will sleep more deeply.
Another bonus that is he should be able to settle himself if he stirs between sleep cycles – well, most of the time, anyway.
1) Nap time
By the age of 15-18 months, your toddler should only need one nap – one after lunchtime should do.
"The lunchtime sleep tends to last between two and two and a half hours," says Child Sleep Work’s founder, Maryanne Taylor.
"If your toddler isn’t sleeping consistently at night then try slowly trimming back the afternoon nap time, bit by bit, to work out what’s right for your toddler."
By the age of 15-18 months, your toddler should only need one nap.
3) Disturbed sleep
At around the age of two
, your toddler is going through a few different life changes that can disrupt his sleep.
"If your toddler has just started nursery, he may be feeling slightly anxious which could make him restless during the night," says Maryanne.
"Similarly, he may simply have watched a television episode earlier in the day that affected him."
If this happens, comfort your toddler and make sure that the television programmes he watches are age-appropriate and that he doesn’t watch anything for at least an hour before bed.
4) Nightmares and night terrors
Your toddler may experience nightmares
and night terrors
, which are never pleasant – mostly for you as a parent.
"If your child is upset and crying and needs reassurance, then this is a nightmare," explains Maryanne.
"It’s perfectly fine to give your toddler a cuddle and make him feel safe again."
A night terror is scarier but your toddler remains asleep throughout the experience and won’t remember it – so it’s far worse for you!
"During a night terror, your toddler may be hysterical and could have his eyes open," explains Maryanne.
"In this situation, you shouldn’t touch your toddler and wake him – similar to that of a sleepwalking child. Sit with him and let him ride it out."
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