September 26, 2022

Nap Training: How to Get Good Naps for Good Nights

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How can you get better sleep at night if you aren’t getting enough naps during the day? It’s all about nap training!

While nap training may sound like the perfect solution to getting your child to sleep through the night, you’ll need to make sure you follow these nap training tips carefully if you want to get great results. Many parents try to nap train but fail because they don’t follow all of the steps, so here are some nap training tips to help you get good naps for good nights.

Nap Training for Babies: When To Start

Nap training is started when the baby is around 6-8 weeks old. It’s best to start with shorter naps and gradually lengthen them. A typical nap schedule would be a morning nap, an afternoon nap, and a third nap if needed. Some babies only need two naps, while others may need three or even four!

The key to successful nap training is consistency. You’ll want to put the baby down for baby naps at the same time each day and have a regular bedtime routine.

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Sleep and Nap Training Tips

When it comes to daytime naps, nap sleep, and enough daytime sleep in general, there are a few things you can do. One is make sure that your baby is getting plenty of nighttime sleep training. Night sleep training will teach them how to get a good night’s sleep and then they won’t need as many daytime naps.

Here are the two most common sleep training methods:

Cry-It-Out Method:

The most common sleep training method is, cry it out. Parents leave their babies alone to cry for at least 10 minutes before returning to soothe them. It usually takes 2-3 days before the infant falls asleep without any intervention from the parent. If this method feels best for you and your child you can begin when your child is over six months old.

Baby Sleep Training:

The caregiver does not attend to the baby when he cries but waits for him to stop crying on his own. He falls asleep on his own which often takes about 15 minutes. Baby Sleep Training is an excellent way to help babies who refuse to sleep during the day when all of their energy levels are low.

Optimizing Child’s Nighttime Sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential for a child’s health and well-being. But sometimes, it can be hard to get your little one to settle down at night. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help encourage better sleep.

Read on for our top tips on how to get the most out of nap time.

Prepare Your Child for Sleep Schedules

Your child is about to enter a new phase of life – one with regular sleep schedules! Help your little one ease into this change by following these tips:

  • 1. Begin a few weeks before the new sleep schedule starts. Talk to your child about the upcoming change and why it’s happening.
  • 2. Establish a bedtime routine and stick to it as closely as possible. This will help signal to your child that it’s time to wind down for the night. You can also incorporate some self-soothing activities in this time, such as reading, listening to sleep stories, or taking a bath.
  • 3. Stick to nap time routines during school days too, if possible.

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Follow Your Child’s sleep cues

Your child’s sleep cues are his own unique way of telling you that he is sleepy. By following your child’s sleep cues, you can help him get the best possible night’s sleep.

For instance, if your child yawns, rubs her eyes or slows down when playing and takes a break from what she was doing, these may be signs that she needs a nap. When she starts fussing or rubbing her eyes, take her into a quiet room where she can lie down comfortably and snuggle with you until she falls asleep. You may also want to experiment with different ways of settling her such as rocking gently or singing softly until she dozes off.

Stay Consistent and Follow Nap Routine

When it comes to napping, it is important to be consistent and follow a routine. This means setting aside time each day for a nap and sticking to it. It may also mean going to bed at the same time each night. A good way to make sure your child is getting enough sleep is by setting an alarm for nap time and Bedtime.

Children should take two daytime naps (about 30 minutes) during the day with about three hours in between each one. The first should happen before 10am, then another around 2pm. Nap training usually lasts two weeks, so if you don’t see any improvement after that point, consult with your pediatrician or family doctor to determine what’s causing the problem and how to fix it.

Surrounding Setup

A good night’s sleep is important for both for your child’s physical and mental health. When you’re looking at the area surrounding your child before they take a nap, there are some simple changes you can make that will go a long way in helping them get a better night’s sleep.

First, you’ll want to remove any tablets, TVs, or ipads that could keep your child awake and prevent them from falling asleep.

Second, clear any clutter around their sleeping space.

Third, keep noise levels down by making sure there are no loud noises like vacuum cleaners or music playing in the background.

And finally, darken the room as much as possible with curtains or blinds when it’s time for bedtime – especially if it’s midday and bright outside!

Stay away from disaster naps

Disaster naps are usually too short, which can leave your kids feeling more tired than before they took the nap. Or, they can be too long, which can make it hard to fall asleep at night. Plus, napping in the wrong environment (like in front of the TV) can make it harder to fall asleep later on.

For children older than two years, avoid scheduling a nap during the early afternoon. Instead, aim for a mid-afternoon nap between 1 and 3 pm so that there is time for an earlier morning one (from 6:30 to 8 am).

There are many strategies you can try when teaching your child how to get good naps for good nights.

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Benefits of Sleep Training for Naps

Sleep training can be a great way to improve your child’s sleep habits. It can help your child learn how to fall asleep on their own, stay asleep through the night, and get back to sleep if they wake up in the middle of the night. It can also help you as a parent by giving you some much-needed rest!

Nap training can help your child sleep better at night by establishing good habits when it comes to napping. Establishing a routine where your child knows how much sleep they need and what time they should take a nap can reduce disruptions and help them feel refreshed upon waking up!

When you first try nap training, it can be helpful to put yourself on schedule too, so you’re taking naps during your designated nap times as well! Sleep training can be a difficult process, but the benefits are worth it.

  • 1. Napping is an important part of a child’s daily routine and should be treated as such.
  • 2. A regular napping schedule can help improve a child’s nighttime sleep.
  • 3. Sleep training naps can help reduce bedtime battles.
  • 4. Well-rested children are typically happier, healthier, and more content than those who are sleep deprived.
  • 5. A good nap can also help improve a child’s mood, cognitive function, and overall behavior.
  • 6. By teaching your child how to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own, you’ll be setting them up for success – and fewer sleepless nights for you!

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Reasons Why Your Baby Won’t Nap?

There are many reasons why your baby may not be napping. It could be that they are not tired, they are overstimulated, or they are teething. If you think your baby is not napping because they are not tired, try making sure they have had enough stimulating intellectual and physical activity. If you think your baby is overstimulated, try turning off the lights and keeping noise to a minimum.

Here are 16 reasons why your baby won’t nap.

  • 1. Your baby is overtired.
  • 2. Your baby is overstimulated.
  • 3. Your baby is too hot or too cold.
  • 4. Your baby is hungry or thirsty.
  • 5. You are using too much rocking, patting, or shushing to help your baby fall asleep.
  • 6. You are still trying to feed your baby when he’s sleepy but not yet ready to sleep.
  • 7. You are trying to put your baby down when he’s not really sleepy yet.
  • 8. Environment: Are you home alone? Do you have some activity going on in the room? Is there noise outside? Are there other people in the house who might be loud?
  • 9. Bathing: Did you give your baby a bath before nap time, or did you just change him?
  • 10. A Sleep Associations: If someone rocks, feeds, and sings to your baby before bedtime and then again during the night while they’re feeding him- will that help your baby nap well during the day?
  • 11. Your method of putting your baby down to sleep – is it inconsistent? What do you do with them at different times of the day or night? For example, sometimes moms rock their babies to sleep, but at other times they lay them down in their cribs. Does this make it difficult for babies to know what’s coming next?
  • 12. Your tone of voice – what do you say when you talk to your baby right before bedtime?
  • 13. Location: What else is going on in your home at nap time? Is it calm or loud?
  • 14. Your baby is experiencing developmental changes like teething, crawling, or walking.
  • 15. Your baby has been through a stressful event like travel or illness recently.
  • 16. You changed your daily routine (like weaning) which can also cause disrupted napping habits for little ones.

And finally, if all else fails, remember these three things: consistency, gentle caregiving techniques, and patience!

Hyper active siblings on the bed

FAQs

What age should you start nap training?

Nap training generally starts around 4-6 months old. This is when your baby should be able to start sleeping for longer stretches at night. The goal of nap training is to help your baby learn how to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own.

How long does it take for nap training to work?

Depending on your goals, nap training can take a few days or a few weeks. The key is to be consistent with your naps and stick to a schedule as much as possible. When you first start out, you may not feel sleepy during your scheduled nap time. But if you stick with it, your body will eventually adjust and you’ll be able to fall asleep more easily. Training your body to take regular naps can help improve your sleep at night and make you feel more rested during the day.

Does nap training work?

Research indicates that napping can improve mood, increase alertness, and boost productivity. While the idea of napping may seem simple enough, actually falling asleep during the day can be difficult for some children. This is where nap training comes in.

Why are naps harder to sleep train?

Most of the time, naps are harder to sleep train than nights because babies have a harder time settling down during the day. They may be overstimulated from being up and about, and may not be as tired as they are at night. Additionally, naps tend to be shorter than nighttime sleep, so baby may not be able to stay asleep for as long.

Should you start sleep training with naps?

If you want to start sleep training, naps are a great place to start. They’re shorter and usually less disruptive than nighttime sleep, so you and your baby can get used to the new routine with less stress. Plus, getting some good daytime naps can help your baby (and you!) feel more rested at night.

What If My Child Doesn’t Want To Nap?

If your child doesn’t want to nap, there are a few things you can try.

First, make sure they are sleepy by keeping the room dark and quiet. You can also try rocking them or reading them a book. If all else fails, try letting them play quietly in their crib for a few minutes until they fall asleep.

What’s The Best Time Of Day For A Nap?

Most people feel that the best time of day for a nap is in the afternoon, when energy levels start to decline. But there’s no hard and fast rule about when you should take a nap. Some people find that an early afternoon nap leaves them feeling groggy, while others do better with a later nap. Experiment to see what works best for your child.

Managing Meltdowns During This Transition Period

Starting a new routine is hard, and sometimes it can feel like you’re never going to get everything done. That’s why it’s important to take some time for yourself every day to recharge. Napping can be a great way to do that.

Black mom with sleeping baby

Conclusion

Whether you’re a new parent or an experienced one, there are a few things you can do to make sure your child get good naps for good nights.

Children often go through periods of developmental milestones and stages where their sleep needs change drastically. The two biggest factors influencing the quality of children’s sleep are the development and age of the child as well as whether they’re experiencing any major life changes such as starting school or moving to a new house.

Fix these changes by making any necessary adjustments to ensure that both you and your little one are getting enough sleep at night!

Taryn Crimi

Taryn Crimi

Taryn is an international intuitive, focused on helping to empower you manifest your best life!

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