Do toddlers need naps?

Dr. Greene's Answer

Speaking generally, the total amount of sleep a child gets is more important than how they schedule that sleep. The typical 2-year-old averages about 12-13 hours of sleep over 24 hours, but an hour or so more or less than that can be normal.

The average 2-year-old gets about 90 minutes of the total during the day as one or more naps — but again more or less than that can be fine.

Some individual children do fine with no nap at all at that age. Others seem to really benefit from a nap. When it comes to this, parents’ intuition is usually accurate about what their children need.

Medical Review on: May 06, 2008
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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