Three Ways to Keep Naps on Track

Nap time can mostly go one of two ways. Either it’s the best time of the day- hello cup of hot coffee!- or it’s the most dreaded, stressful part thanks to a various number of reasons. Which camp do you fall into? If it’s the latter, first you have our sympathy. Secondly, we have your back. Here are three ways that you can keep naps on track in 2019.

Three ways to keep naps on

Know how much sleep your baby needs

Your baby’s nap needs will change a lot in the first year. From birth until about 4 months, your baby will need 4-5 naps during the day. By the age of four months, it will be closer to 4.

From 5-8 months, your baby will nap about 3 times per day. From 9-15 months, your little one will need 2 naps (although she may transition to one nap a little earlier). From 18 months up to 3 or 4 years old, she will need one nap. Remember though that these are guidelines, and your baby may need more or less than the average.

Know what a nap really is

Before we get Ito this, keep in mind that it’s perfectly normal for newborns and young babies to take short naps. So if you’re wondering whether that 15 minute nap is actually a nap or not, then if your baby is very young then it probably is. For older babies though, a 15 minute nap is not good enough- we’re sure you agree!

In the first 6 months of your baby’s life, any nap that’s longer than 45 minutes can be considered a ‘real’, restorative nap, while any nap that’s 30 minutes or less probably isn’t long enough to be an actual nap (although to complicate matters, if your baby is in the midst of a nap transition, then a short catnap is considered normal). At 6 months and older, your baby should nap at least an hour at least twice a day for her naps to be restorative.

 Babies and toddlers who are down to needing just one or two naps per day should be able to nap longer – at least an hour each time.

Know how to nap on the go

While it’s true that the naps that take place at home are usually  more restorative than moving sleep that happens in a carseat or pram, napping at home isn’t always possible. If your baby or toddler has to nap on the go,  make the sleep environment is as nap-friendly as possible. Make it dark and quiet- the SnoozeShade is perfect for this, and one of the reasons why it was invented.

2 thoughts on “Three Ways to Keep Naps on Track

  1. Becky Stoltzfus

    Hello. This brought a question to mind. I adapted this principle with my now 4 and 2 year old at their births: specifically, room darkening shades, etc for naps and bed time. When do you remove it, or do you? Mine are the max – they are blackout so even in the middle of the day, except around the edges, there’s no sign of daylight. At what point can we expect the kids will be able to keep their normal bedtime at 7:30pm even if the sun is still out? Maybe not until they move out?!

  2. Shana Lapastora

    It’s a relief to read this right now since my two year old tends to wake up every half hour. The confusing part, though, is that even when she put herself to sleep without me in the room, she still woke up exactly half an hour later, crying angrily. I’ve tried letting her cry and rocking her until almost asleep, but she was just too angry to go back to sleep. now I just rock her all the way back to sleep cause that’s the only way she and I both get enough rest, but will that reinforce a bad habit? What else can I do?
    Thanks for the article and input!!


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