Enrolling your child in child care away from you can be nerve-racking. It’s normal as a parent to worry about your little one’s well-being. One common concern is how well your child will nap in child care. Here are some tips you can try to help your little one nap better: Visit the Care Center Before Your Child is Enrolled If you are just getting your little one into a childcare center, it’s important to arrange for your baby to play, experience the new sounds, noises, and smells, and
Picture this. You've just gotten a nice, predictable daytime sleep schedule, you're feeling good about life, and then, before you know it, your baby gets a little older and blows your perfectly-crafted routine to pieces. I’m positive a lot of you know exactly what I’m talking about (even those of you who've never been able to establish a nap schedule.) The first few years of a child’s life are full of changes, and those changes add up to mean ever-shifting sleep patterns and schedules.
All babies sleep in the car! At least, that’s what I was told as a new mom. The problem was, neither of my daughters got that memo! They weren't lulled to peaceful dreamland by the soft hum of my ’08 Toyota. Instead, both babies would stay awake and cry, as they got more and more overtired. The well-meaning comments by other parents that my daughters should be able to sleep in the car drove me batty! What was wrong with them or me or our car seat, etc, etc, etc? Having a baby who doesn’t sleep
With Thanksgiving in the U.S. and other holidays quickly approaching, we're betting many of you are wondering what you should do (or if indeed you should do anything) about your baby's schedule and sleep based on upcoming travel plans. It can be tricky when you travel or need to be at a family event during a nap time. Depending on your baby's personality and temperament, some babies will be fine with an "off" schedule for one day. Your baby may be a bit overtired and may have slightly rough
We get nap questions really frequently from our clients - particularly these two questions: How many naps does my baby need? How long should my baby's naps be? Well, we're answering both in today's article. We hope you'll use this chart as an ongoing reference tool, since it covers nap totals and lengths from the newborn stage all the way through age 3. Print off a copy for yourself and use it as an easy reference tool - and consider printing off a few for your friends or family
We know, parents, we know - judging by what we're hearing from many of you in our Helpdesk, naps are high on your radar! You want to know how to make them more consistent, how to make them longer, how to make each nap as restorative as possible...in short, you want to become the Nap Jedis. And we get it; a great nap schedule is, after all, one of the keys to sleeping through the night! If you're struggling with short and inconsistent naps, you'll definitely want to take a moment to download
Nap time is, without a doubt, a tired parent's favorite time of day. Baby goes down for a much-need snooze, leaving mom and dad time to have some much-needed "me time". But of course, in order for your baby's nap time to be a favorite time of day, your baby has to actually, you know, TAKE A NAP. And therein lies the problem, for many parents! So many of you have written in to us over the years, letting us know that your baby won't nap, and you are at a loss as to why. Baby is tired?
Naps that are too short, or naps that are erratic and don't follow any kind of predictable pattern, can sure get a parent down. It's especially frustrating when your baby or toddler has been napping well, but then naps suddenly go into a tailspin. (Hint - this often happens during a sleep regression, or during a nap transition.) If you're struggling with erratic or shortened naps, don't worry - we can help! In today's article, we offer 10 quick tips that you can put to use
We've written quite a bit about baby and toddler naps here on the blog, so if you've been following our site for awhile, you've had the chance to read a lot of baby and toddler nap tips and tidbits. But, some of you are new moms or new to The Baby Sleep Site® and we strive to educate all of our parents on the importance of good sleep and how to achieve it! Today, we're presenting you with 10 must-know facts about your baby's or toddler's naps. Think of it as your nap "cheat sheet". ;)