Nap Time: How To Get A Baby To Sleep During The Day


Adults are lucky if they get a couple of hours sleep a night. Babies and children are different as they need more than nine each day. Without it, they get cranky and lash out, which is hard to manage as a mum. Thankfully, there is always the afternoon when they can go for a snooze and leave you to take care of a few things. At least, that’s the dream. Usually, kids fight the urge to close their eyes and want to stay awake all afternoon. If this is making them irritable, you should continue reading to find out about the tricks to get a baby to nap.


Start The Day With A Bang

Children need to release their energy before they get tired. Sitting around in their pyjamas isn’t going to do the trick. What will is a series of high-intensity activities. Don’t worry because no one is expecting you to finish a 10k. Instead, you can go to the park and let them play, or visit a soft-play centre. Let them run and jump and socialise with others to get the blood pumping. Once back at home, sit in front of the TV and do something chilled. Before long, they won’t be able to keep their eyes open.


Be Flexible

Parents hate moving a child once he/she is down for a nap. One slight movement and they will wake up never to go to sleep again. This is where luxury nursery furniture comes in handy as it’s flexible and adjustable. A cot, for example, converts into a day bed for them to nap on anywhere in the house. You don’t even need to put it in the nursery. If they do collapse on the couch, be sure to have accessories such as a blanket and pillow ready to keep them warm and comfy.


Reschedule Bedtime

When kids don’t enough sleep, they need more than one power nap. Unfortunately, it’s tough enough to get them to go to sleep once in a day, never mind twice. A great tip to remember in this circumstance is to move their bedtime. By going to sleep earlier at night, they will be better rested in the morning. Theoretically, they shouldn’t need as many naps as a result. Another option is to let them have a lie in if they seem overly tired. Most mums prefer the former as it’s a more natural routine.


Stick To A Routine

Speaking of routines, you should stick to it religiously once you have it down. Doing the same thing over and again will encourage the body to slow up. So, your child’s brain will do the majority of the heavy lifting. All you need to do is give them the opportunity to fall asleep. Continue to do the things that you know work, too. For example, read them a story or draw a relaxing bath.


Like all things with children, it’s about eliminating the unpredictability and being firm. Tell them they are going to have a nap and follow through and they’ll soon get the gist.


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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

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