At 18 months most toddlers take at least one naps (length of naps are usually very variable between different children, but naps are usually 1-1 1/2 hours long) during the day at this age and are able to sleep all night (for 11-12 hours).
A toddler pillow is a pillow that is just the right size for a child of two years or more.
Prior to age two, use of a pillow of any type is considered dangerous and is not recommended.
Mornings can be tough for everyone with children.
Try taking five to ten minutes with your 2-year-old when he first wakes up to snuggle and talk quietly about the day, the whole morning will go much more smoothly.
Use a safe crib with a snug fitting mattress that cannot get pulled away from the corners. You should not be able to fit more than two fingers between the edge of the mattress and the crib.
Involve your child in selection of her new bed. It’s best to allow her to choose new bedding with some of her favorite characters.
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Most preschoolers do still need naps during the day. They tend to be very active — running around, playing, going to school, and exploring their surroundings — so it’s a good idea to give them a special opportunity to slow down.
When co-sleeping make sure your mattress fits snugly in the bed frame so that your baby won’t become trapped in between the frame and the mattress.
Co-Sleeping helps babies get more nighttime sleep (because they awaken more frequently with shorter duration of feeds, which can add up to a greater amount of sleep throughout the night).
Preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours per night, but there’s no reason to be completely rigid about which 10 to 12 hours they are. A 5-year-old who gets adequate rest at night no longer needs a daytime nap.
Choose the location of your toddler’s bed with care. Keep away from extremes of temperature such as windows, doors or radiators and strangling hazards such as blind cords. Make sure that your toddler cannot become trapped between the side of the bed and the wall.
If your baby seems sensitive to household sounds, try running a white-noise machine or a fan in her room.
Despite popular belief, young children who obsessively suck their thumbs will generally not develop dental problems due to the thumb sucking. However, if they continue to suck their thumbs when their second teeth start growing in, there’s a risk for developing dental abnormalities.
If your child is well-rested but is beginning to act up more than usual, make sure it hasn’t been too long since his or her last meal or snack. Your toddler may be hungry without realizing it, and if this is the case, a healthy snack may be all that is needed.
From ages 1 to 3, most toddlers sleep about 10 to 13 hours.
Most babies like to be wrapped securely. It reminds them of their snug womb. And of course they love slings.
Once your child is able to climb out of his crib, it is time to move him into a toddler bed.
As summer ends so does your child’s freedom to sleep in and eat erratically. Ease him back into a school schedule by shifting his bedtime back to a school-day bedtime and waking him closer to the hour he’ll need to rise. Also start serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks a few weeks before classes begin on a school schedule to help his appetite adjust.
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Expose your baby to about 30 minutes of light each morning. Why? Light suppresses the release of the sleep hormone melatonin; this helps set her internal clock — making it easier for her to fall asleep at night.
Sing a Lullaby – The long loved lullaby does just that, it helps lull babies and toddlers to sleep
Once your toddler is climbing out of his crib, it is usually time to move to a toddler bed.
From: About.com: Pediatrics