4 Tips for Naptime Success
Ah, the battle of the nap. Many brave parents have fought it and lost.
But with a few helpful tips you can get your little one down for a mid-day snooze and possibly catch a few minutes to yourself along the way.
If you are having trouble with nap time at your house read on to find four helpful tips for nap time success (not to mention a return to sanity).
Rock the rewards system
Some people call it bribery, but those people obviously don’t have kids because the rewards system really works (and frankly sounds better than bribery). In all reality, a rewards system is very healthy to a child’s normal development in cause and effect.
There are any number of reward charts you can buy that work for everything from nap time to toilet training. Some are magnetic, some have stickers – decide what works best for you and your child. You could also opt to make your own in a matter of minutes. For each successful nap offer a tiny reward, or try to aim for a whole week’s success for a bigger, better reward.
Sometimes the sun isn’t your friend when it comes to nap time. Curtains don’t always do the trick. If your toddler seems to be having trouble falling asleep because of how bright his room is, look at getting a blackout blind to make the room feel more like night-time.
Sometimes little ones need to get all their energy out before they can even think about a nap. Outdoor play is a great way to get out all the pent up energy. If you don’t have a garden, or if the weather is against you, try playing some active games indoors – Simon Says, racing, hopscotch, a dance party, musical statues, hide and seek or a treasure hunt are all good examples. Anything that gets your little one’s energy winding down counts, and can help him fall asleep faster.
Keep it calm
Once you get your little one settled down, keep things calm. Choose one activity and stick with it. Whatever nap time activity you choose, such as reading a book or listening to lullabies, remember to stick with only one or your toddler can become overstimulated, leading to a no-nap meltdown.
Mastering nap time can take lots of patience, and remember that nap time doesn’t usually get on track overnight. Some kids flat out refuse naps, but rest time can be almost as beneficial. Some kids simply outgrow naps earlier than other, while others may have underlying issues that make sleeping difficult. If your child has a lot of trouble falling asleep, try speaking to your doctor or ask our sleep expert for some free advice.
Do you have difficulty getting your little ones to nap? What are your tried-and-tested tricks? Leave a comment below – you might be able to help other moms in the same situation.