There are few things more frustrating to parents than when your baby won't nap…she fights it and doesn’t sleep…or she sleeps just 5-10 minutes. It’s so commonplace that there’s slang for it the modern lexicon: the Nap FAIL. Here, we run through the top nap problems and offer solutions:
Nap Problem: He’s Overexcited
Solution: Add quiet playtime in his bedroom to your nap routine. Make the room cooler, reduce distractions, and use white noise. If you’re breastfeeding, try avoiding stimulants, like chocolate or coffee, and see if that makes a difference in your baby’s sleep.
Nap Problem: He’s Under-Stimulated
Solution: Don’t tip-toe around or keep the house silent. Babies find normal household noises soothing. And motion-loving babies benefit from sleeping in a fully-reclined swing (get your doctor’s permission). Remember the womb is a rumbly and loud and constantly in motion!
Nap Problem: Something’s Bugging Her
Solution: Figure out if she’s hungry and feed her. Look for other reasons she may be uncomfortable. Is she too hot? Could her clothing be uncomfortable?
Nap Problem: She’s Overtired
Signs are: she falls asleep in the car, she slumps over before naptime, she’s cranky and bleary eyed.
Some kids go from overtired to totally wired really fast. And once they cross the line, they get revved even more and struggle against sleep. So check your diary and try to put your infant down 30 minutes before you think the yawning will start. Use rumbly white noise the full nap to help her stay asleep.
If you and your baby’s other caregivers can stick reasonably close to a flexible timetable and regular routines, within weeks, you should establish a pattern of great sleep!