Children require plenty of sleep to stay healthy and keep their bodies growing and functioning as they should. At 19 months, toddlers still need a lot more sleep than adults, and they will probably spend more time sleeping at night and less time napping throughout the day. Even though toddlers need a lot of sleep, their newfound independence often presents a challenge for parents trying to get their children to go to sleep willingly.
Amount and Schedule
Toddlers need around 12 to 14 hours of sleep per 24-hour period, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). A 19-month-old may trade multiple naps for one nap that lasts one to three hours and get the rest of his required sleep at night. Sleep schedules vary among toddlers. Some children need a nap during the day, and others may sleep better at night without a nap. As long as a toddler is getting the proper amount of sleep and seems well rested, parents should choose the schedule that works best for their child.
Children need more sleep than adults to support their growing bodies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Lack of sleep may contribute to other health problems, including anxiety, depression, obesity, diabetes, reduced immunity and ADHD, according to the AAP. Children may also be cranky and difficult when they are suffering from sleep deprivation.
A consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine can help toddlers fall asleep and stay asleep. A security object, such as a stuffed animal, can also comfort a 19-month-old and help her get the required amount of sleep. The AAP recommends that children sleep in a dark, quiet, slightly cool room.
Sleep problems are common in children at this age. As toddlers become more independent, they may put up a fight at bedtime. Some children may also struggle with nightmares and separation anxiety, according to the NSF. It is important that parents offer reassurance when needed, but they should also stay consistent and enforce good sleep habits.
If your toddler sleeps in a crib at this age, make sure it is set to the lowest position to reduce the chance that he will climb out. Avoid putting a lot of stuffed animals or blankets in the crib that your child could climb on. If your toddler appears to be in danger of climbing out of his crib, consider making the switch to a toddler bed, as recommended by the The Nemours Foundation.