Last updated on May 15th, 2018 at 08:09 pm
How to make naptime go smoother
Naptimes are essential for kids and important for the sanity of moms, but sometimes it can be a battle. If you are wondering how to make naptime go smoother, check out these 5 strategies.
1. Know the Sleepy Cues
By this, I mean know the cues your baby/toddler is giving you to know he/she is tired. Here are a couple cues that mean they are getting sleepy:
- clenched fists-this is moreso for a baby, but when they start clenching their fists, it is a sign they are tired
- red eyes
- rubbing eyes
- start becoming more fussy and irritable
The trick to making naptime successful is to time it right. Getting them to take a nap before they become overtired is essential. I usually look for two cues before deciding its time for a nap. After you have established a routine, it is easier to know roughly the right time of day each day to put your child down for a nap.
2. Establish a schedule, and stick to it
There will be times that schedules have to be broken, but if at all possible, stick to it. Before I was a mom, I never truly understood the importance of naps, let alone making sure they had their nap at the right time. Since becoming a mom, I have seen the light!
It is especially important to stick to the routine that you have created with your child, because disruptions can lead to meltdowns. I hate to say it, but I am the mom who schedules her day around her kids’ naptimes/bedtimes. It is better for my kids as well as myself.
3. 30-45 Minutes before naptime, wear that energizer bunny down
I do this by turning some music on, and letting my 2 year old dance to her heart’s content. We jam out to Taylor Swift, Cascada, and AC/DC [variety is the spice of life]. For my 2 month old, I simply have him do tummy-time before his nap. This is a good way to get any excess energy burned off, so they fall asleep faster [this is also a good idea before bed time.]
4. White Noise Machine
One way I have found to help nap time go smoother especially with a 2 month old son and a 2 year old daughter is to have some form of a white noise machine. We have a small fan that I turn on in my 2 year old’s room which helps drown out the sounds my 2 month old makes. This helps her fall asleep and not be woken up when my son inevitably starts to cry.
For my 2 month old son, we have a cool-mist humidifier that makes just enough noise to help take the edge off the talking/tantrums/meltdowns of my daughter.
5. Eliminate Distractions
This can be as simple as removing all toys from your child’s bedroom before they take a nap. Or at least the noisy ones. If they have too many things to play with, it is going to take a lot longer time for them to fall asleep.
Thank you for reading how to make naptime go smoother. I hope it makes naptimes a little easier in your home. Let me know how these tips worked by commenting below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe for more posts!