Friday, 26 January 2018

Knowing When Nap Time Stops*

When you first have a baby you might be very shocked at the amount of sleep they need during the day and the night. Rather like a cat,  abates spend most of their time sleeping, eating and crying. It is an endless cycle and for the first year or so it can be difficult for you to get any sleep at all.

Managing your child’s nap time is something which can’t really be taught because every child is different, however in general your child will nap for a few hours during the day until they are around 3-4 years old.

During this time you may want to look into day beds to help your child make the most of nap time in the afternoon and let them develop a nap routine. There Will of course come a time when naps are no longer needed, and 12 hours in bed at night is sufficient, but how do you know when your child is ready to stop napping in the day?

Every child is different and you may have noticed that the average times for a child to transition to no naps is a rather large window, so it is down to you to decide when the right time is to halt the naps altogether.

Your child takes a while to fall asleep

If your child seems to take a long time to fall asleep at nap time, or they don’t seem tired at all, this can be a telltale sign that they don’t need a nap anymore. Bear in mind that children develop very quickly at a young age and because of this you will see a huge change in a short amount of time with your child. For example if they were struggling to stay awake for 10 hours in the day a few weeks ago and now they can handle it with no issues, you might start to transition away from naps. As we get older we need less sleep, so your child will become used to staying awake for longer hours as they grow.

You child isn’t tired at bedtime

It can become somewhat of an ordeal to get your child to fall asleep at their bedtime, and you could end up spending an hour trying to get them to settle down and sleep. This is a sign that your child has become accustomed to staying awake for longer in the day, and is a sign that nap time needs to go. It might also be a snowball effect from your child taking longer to fall asleep during nap time. If you think about it, the later your child has a nap, the harder it will be for them to be tired enough to sleep at bedtime. So if you are trying to put them for a nap at 1 and they don’t fall asleep until 2, this is making it harder for them to fall asleep at night.

Your child skips the nap with no issues

If those child doesn’t have a nap one day and they seem to handle staying awake perfectly well, this could be a sign that you no longer need to send them for a nap in the afternoon. If you are unsure just try it for a week and see if it has any effect on your child’s energy levels. If it does not, napping days are over and the race to adulthood has truly begun.

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