Nap transitioning is an important aspect of parenting. Babies do not only need to sleep at night as taking naps during the day are very important for their overall growth and development. Naps constantly change and gradually, your baby may give up on them because the more they grow, the less sleep time they will be needing. It is best if you help your baby transition better from maybe three naps or two to one and you can do so by following these simple baby nap transition tips;
1. Know when it’s time
Babies behave differently, the time when one would be needing a nap transition will be different from the other. You should be watchful so you know just when it is the right time for them to transition. Babies usually start getting tired of too much nap time when they are between 14 to 18 months old, that may be the ideal time. Sometimes, they may even start refusing naps earlier than that, just wait for the signs, and strike when you see them.
2. Give it time
Early signs may mislead you and you would think your baby is ready to transition when they are actually not. There may be other reasons why your baby is refusing sleep and possibly, one of them is the fact that they are not really tired. Give the signs time, say about 10 – 15 days so you can be totally convinced that your baby is really ready for transitioning.
3. Perform the Half Hour Trick
One way you can help your baby transition is by performing the half hour trick. It’s very simple, just start pushing back your baby’s nap time by half an hour – 30 Minutes. This is more effective in getting rid of the morning naps. It’s a trick, and yes it works too. You do not have to do it every day though, have intervals before doing it again. This trick can also help in taking away afternoon naps too. If you push your baby morning naps to about 10 or 11am, they definitely would not be needing the afternoon naps so much and are likely to drop it anytime soon.
4. Exhaust your baby a bit before nap time
Since you are trying to make your baby sleep less during the day, it is best if you make that one nap they have enough for them. You can exhaust your baby (a bit) before it is nap time so out of tiredness, they will sleep deeply. Any thing or activity that will get them very active like getting them to dance should do and you should do this about 30 minutes before nap time. If your baby is not a bit tired before nap time, there is a possibility of it being hard for them to fall asleep or that they will wake up almost immediately.
5. Try to keep your baby awake
You do not want your baby sleeping at every opportunity they get so you have to try to keep them awake. You can take them out to the playground or to be parks to catch some one or you simply keep them busy indoors by playing with them or allowing them watch shows on TV or on your phone. Just try to keep them busy when you don’t want them to sleep and you can stop when they get used to it.
6. Maintain Bedtime Sleep routine
Nap transitioning means your baby would no longer be sleeping too much during the day. One of the reasons why babies sleep much during the day time is because they don’t get enough sleep at night, most babies cry too much at night that it would be hard for them to sleep. As sleep is very important, make sure the nap transitioning does not affect how they sleep at night. Making sure your baby gets enough sleep time at night will also make them need sleep less during the day time.
7. Exercise patience
You should be patient. Baby do not change their sleeping routine overnight, it can actually take about a month or two for a successful nap transition to be completed. Trying to transition your baby naps may make your baby react as the naps they are accustomed to are being taken away from them. You can try to make them feel relaxed by giving them special treats.
8. Monitor your baby naps
Yeah, you should monitor so you know if you are making progress or not. To know when you are getting successful at it, one daily nap that will take an hour or two should be OK enough. If no success is recorded within the first few months, just keep doing all what you are supposed to do and be patient.
Some other things you can do.
Whereas the above listed tips are the majors you need to help your baby transition, below are some other tips that might be helpful.
- Make your baby comfortable while sleeping
Just like you should exhaust your baby to make that one nap worthwhile, you should also ensure that the sleeping area is very soft and comfortable for sleeping. The bed, sleeping crib, pillows, blankets and the rest should all speak of comfort.
- Watch the room temperature
Once again, if you want your baby to enjoy that one nap time, you should make sure that the temperature of the room is in the perfect sleeping condition. It is advisable that the temperature is somewhere in between 65 and 70 degrees.
- Play Background Music
It would be easier for your baby to fall asleep and sleep comfortably when there is little noise in the background as total silence can be a turn off. Hopefully, most sleeping cribs have player that plays soothing music, other than that, cool and low-tuned music from your phone or a noise from a rotating fan would do.
Nothing comes easy especially when it comes to babies as they can be very stubborn at times. Following the tips and hints provided in this article can help you transition your baby naps for the good. Hope it helps.