Sleep Training Naps
Is it possible to sleep train your baby for naps?
Many parents seek to regulate their baby’s sleep, to establish a flexible schedule and to help them sleep for a longer period of time at night and for naps. Talking about naps…For most babies, naps are more difficult to master than sleeping at night, and take more time as well.
The first three months: At first, do not try to organize naps during this period. The focus should be on making sure they eat enough and get the calories they need to grow and develop, as they should. After completing the middle of the second month you will find that his sleep has gradually increased and is more organized. Which means they may start to sleep more at night and less during the day. At that age, expecting babies to sleep for 5 hours straight at night is realistic. We are not aiming for them to sleep through the night yet! At this point, naps will be happening sporadically and you need to let your child sleep as such, practicing sleeping as best they can with this flexible routine.
From the fourth month to the sixth: You can start sleep training your baby at that age, and keep in mind that some babies may not be ready until 6 months old. Ask your pediatrician if your baby is ready to sleep through the night. We also want to make sure your baby’s caloric intake is appropriate and that breastfeeding moms are able to maintain milk production. If the baby is sleeping 11 hours straight at night, the milk supply may go down. The same with longer naps: milk supply may go down. All that being said, Sleep training naps at this age range is definitely realistic, but in some cases, it can take time. Patience is key!
From the sixth month: At this point, baby sleep patterns should be fully organized. They may have issues with naps, and by removing the sleep associations, if that is why the baby is not napping well, we often get great results with daytime sleep. If you are struggling with naps, I would strongly recommend to get help from a sleep consultant! We can help with that!
How can sleep training for naps help your little one?
- It will help them define their circadian rhythm: expose your child to natural light at home during the day and get some fresh air. At nap time, turn off the lights, and create a quiet, dark and relaxing environment.
- 2. Creating a foundation for a routine. Stick to your routine as much as you can. I know it’s difficult sometimes.The routine will help your baby relax and wind down. It should be short, consistent and predictable.
- You can spot their sleepy cues. The most common ones are rubbing their eyes, playing with their ears, being fussy, yawning, flailing arms, and arching their back. As soon as they show signs of being sleepy, do your nap routine, and put them in their crib.
- Naps will make sure your kid is healthy. It is scientifically proven that your child’s growth is very important during sleep, and teaching them to take long naps is also important for their overall well-being.
- You can ensure sleep, even if you are on the go. The routine allows you to create the perfect environment for nap conditions. You can also use white noise, which is very similar to the sound of the uterus, as it sounds like a heartbeat, blood flow, and breathing. This can be very comforting for your child, especially newly born children who are not accustomed to the outside world.
- Sleep training naps can help keep you and your child aware. Over stimulating your baby may interfere with the capacity of falling asleep during the day. Some babies will take longer to transition from a playful time to a quiet and sleepy environment. Watch your baby and try to read their communication and assess the environment they are in.
Are you working on naps and hoping for your baby to take longer naps and be more rested during the day?
Then follow the general tips recommended by our expert Lullaby Sleep Consultant Eve (with multiple 5-star reviews on Google and Yelp. Please review our testimonial video of happy clients and hear their story).
ü If your baby is getting too much sleep during the day, they may have a hard time to fall asleep at night. Depending on your baby’s age, their recommended daytime sleep will vary. Sleep training naps might not be the solution to your sleep concern while adjusting their overall sleep schedule might be the trick.
ü If your baby is taking two naps a day, the afternoon nap should be longer than the morning nap. If the second nap ends too early in the day, the awake time period before bedtime will be too long.
ü Instead of putting your baby down for their first nap earlier because they woke up early in the morning, try to stick to the nap schedule. Doing the opposite could end up causing your baby to wake up earlier and earlier in the morning.
ü Have a flexible routine. We all know how difficult it is to be 100% consistent with naps when we have other commitments, appointments etc. Do your best to watch your baby’s sleepy cues and create your daytime schedule around their sleep needs. If they get the rest they need, they will be less fussy and more rested.
ü Allow your baby to have a nap because children do not have the ability to stay awake for long periods of time, which all depends on your child’s age. If the child is kept awake for long periods of time, he will become overtired and that will cause him to have difficulties falling asleep.
ü Studies have shown that you can teach your baby the difference between day and night and regulate their own biological clock. They also show that the daily exposure of the baby to the light makes it possible to regulate sleep faster.
Sleep training naps for babies older than 6 months is totally possible. Some babies are able to master naps as early as 4 months of age. Each baby is different, patience and consistency is key!
As Always, Sleeping Babies = Happy Families