If you’ve got small children, then you need to know about the napping no-no’s! Napping no-no’s are actually the common mistakes parents make when it comes to nap time, and most without even realizing it. Stick around to see what these common mistakes are, and be sure that you aren’t making them. If you are, no worries! You’ll be armed with the information you need to conquer nap time!
Here are the most common mistakes parents make at nap time, and how to stop making them. If your baby or toddler isn’t napping consistently, one or more of these mistakes might be to blame.
- Do you put your baby or toddler down for a nap after they’re already asleep? Doing so is actually one of the napping no-no’s to watch out for! No matter how much you love rocking your baby to sleep, he needs to learn how to fall asleep on his own. If you always wait until he’s asleep to put him down, he won’t learn this very important skill. That means nap time and bedtime will just become more and more of a chore the older he gets.
- That leads right into the next napping no-no–rushing into baby’s room the minute he cries. Instead, try to wait 10 or 15 minutes. If nap time shouldn’t be over yet, it’s likely your baby is merely moving between sleep cycles, and whimpering or momentary crying is common during these transitions. Chances are, he’ll go right back to sleep if you don’t rush in first.
- However, when the scheduled nap is over and your baby or toddler has not awakened, don’t allow her to keep sleeping. Oversleeping at nap time messes with the bedtime schedule, so don’t do it.
More Napping No-No’s
- Another one of the common napping no-no’s is not swaddling your newborn before every nap. For the first few months of life, newborns generally sleep much better and more comfortably when they are tightly swaddled. Even if baby consistently manages to get out of the swaddle during the nap, keep doing it.
- Don’t let your child get overtired before nap time even starts. Try to keep a regular nap time routine and stick to it, even if he doesn’t seem tired when nap time begins. Once a child is overtired, he has a much harder time falling asleep.
- Even if your toddler doesn’t fall asleep some days, take the opportunity for quiet time. It’s beneficial for her health and development!
There you have the most common napping no-no’s. Are you making any of these mistakes? It’s never too late to try again and establish a consistent nap time schedule for your baby. Good luck!