When children get the sleep they need, they are happier and healthier.
Young children need about:
- 12 hours of sleep a night when they’re 3 years old
- 11 hours of sleep a night by the time they’re 5 years old
Many children nap for about an hour a day until they’re over 5 years old. Other children quit napping before this age.
Your preschooler is probably not getting enough sleep if he:
- regularly falls asleep during the day (e.g., in the car, watching television, looking at books)
- needs you to wake him up every morning
- seems cranky during the day
- naps more than once a day
For information about sleep routines and helping your child stay in bed, click here.
Bedwetting is common in preschoolers. It is not something they do on
purpose. Use a waterproof cover to protect your child’s mattress. Most
children outgrow bedwetting by the time they are 5 or 6 years old. Talk
to your health care provider or public health nurse if you have questions
Your preschooler may be just starting to learn how to use the toilet or he may be very comfortable using it.
Girls tend to be ready for toilet teaching before boys. Some boys may not be ready until they are 3½ or 4 years old.
Clothing that’s easy to pull up or down will make toilet time easier.
Toileting accidents are common when your child is learning to use the toilet.
- Information and tips on toilet teaching.