Day naps can be so important to your little ones' routine, especially if they are not typically the best sleeper at night. Getting the timings right can be a challenge so to add another challenge like weather, can make them nearly impossible. Here are a few ways to help get those important day naps in, whether it’s hot or cold.
This one is key. Keeping baby well hydrated during the day will help improve naps as they will be less likely to wake due to thirst.
An obvious one, however sometimes just under an umbrella isn’t enough. If at home, keep your blackout blinds up during the day to keep their room cool or if out, using a Snooze Shade will help keep baby cool.
If using a blackout blind to keep babies room cool, still try and have a window open to help ventilate. Whether it’s a window in their room or a room adjacent, it all helps.
Keep the bath temperature cool, add diluted lavender oil if possible as the smell can help release melatonin, the sleep hormone. Never add essential oils without diluting first.
Again, this is a very important one. Be sure that baby is in the correct sleep wear as being too hot or too cold can really affect their sleep. Check your countries guidelines for Safe Sleep wear.
Even when it’s cold out, it is still good for baby to get some fresh air. Even a quick 15min walk can help both you & baby feel better and may even help get baby to sleep.
Keep the bath temperature warm but never over 38°C, check with your elbow and always mix well. Also try adding diluted lavender oil if possible as the smell helps release melatonin, the sleep hormone. Never add essential oils without diluting first.
Again, this is a very important one. Be sure that baby is in the correct sleep wear as being too hot can really affect their sleep. Check your countries guidelines for Safe Sleep wear.
Different children need different amounts of sleep. Getting those crucial naps in place, can really help encourage better night time sleep.
Here is a handy nap guide showing nap duration & number of naps:
💙Newborn-6 weeks - 15mins-4hours with between 4/8 naps a day
💚6 weeks-3 months - 30mins-2 hours with between 3/5 naps a day
💛3 months-6 months - 30mins-2 hours with between 3/4 naps a day
🧡6 months-9 months - 1-3 hours with 3 naps a day
💜9 months-12 months - 1-2 hours with 2 naps a day
❤️12 months-18 months - 1-2 hours with 1/2 naps a day
1.5-2 years - 1 hour with 1 nap a day
✨Naps tend to drop typically between 2.5-3 years old✨
3-4 years - 30mins a day (if needed)
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Sleep by Alexandra helps your family sleep better so you can enjoy more time together. Alexandra Collingbourne is a sleep consultant specialising in safe, holistic methods of getting your baby, toddler or young child to sleep in a way that empowers parents to live better, happier and with more energy. Specialist postnatal depression & anxiety support is also available for those who need it.