Last updated on July 27th, 2018 at 12:48 pm
How to make nap time go smoother
Nap time is essential for kids and important for the sanity of moms, but sometimes it can be a battle. If you are wondering how to make nap time go smoother, check out these 5 strategies.
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Nap Time Tips
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 nap time 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’ nap times/bed times. It is better for my kids as well as myself.
3. 30-45 Minutes before nap time, 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 time. 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.
We really like this humidifier because it does a great job as a makeshift white noise machine, but it also helps out during the dry winter months.
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. Especially as they get older, and tend to fight naps more. I will often hear my daughter playing in her room when she is supposed to be napping.
Thank you for reading how to make nap time go smoother. I hope it makes nap time 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!