Once they’ve committed to a sleep coaching program, most parents tend to see results in their baby’s nighttime sleep in as little as two or three nights.
But when it comes to naps, things tend to move a whole lot slower.
There are a few reasons for this. The sun is out, there’s more environmental noise, and there’s just a lot more activity surrounding them during the day, which can all lead to poor-quality naps during the day.
And as you might have already figured out, lousy naps lead to overtiredness at bedtime, and overtiredness leads to bad nighttime sleep, which leads to bad naps the next day, and the whole cycle just perpetuates itself.
So today, I’ve got three great tips for you to solve those daytime sleep woes and get your baby taking long, restful naps during the day, which will work wonders in getting them out of the overtiredness trap and into a predictable, consistent sleep schedule.
Today, I want to share with you my top three tips for nap time success. The first thing you always want to consider is how much time awake can your baby handle. Now, this is going to depend largely on how old your baby is. Obviously, as babies get older, they can tolerate more time awake. Their stamina improves with age, so I would encourage you, you can check in the nap section of the Sleep Sense program, I’ve got a chart in there that outlines the different age groups and how much time awake each baby can handle.
Now those are averages, so definitely tinker around with the timing a little bit, you know, add 10 minutes for a few days, maybe subtract 10 minutes for a few days and see if you can find the magic window of opportunity where your baby is fatigued, but not overly fatigued because an overtired baby is going to find sleep much harder.
So let’s just talk about an eight-month-old baby, for an example. An eight-month-old baby,…