How to drop A NAP

Man­age the shift in her nap­ping pat­terns and keep your day run­ning smoothly.

Living and Loving - - BABY & TODDLER -

For­get cats – the cham­pion nap­pers of the world are tiny ba­bies. New­borns are asleep more than they’re awake, snooz­ing their way through up to eight naps a day. “As they grow, ba­bies start to drop their naps, be­cause they need less day­time sleep,” says sleep ex­pert, mom of four, and au­thor of The Baby Sleep So­lu­tion, Lucy Wolfe. “Their body clocks come into play, coax­ing them to sleep at night and to be awake more dur­ing the day. Plus, the older and more alert they be­come, the more they need to use day­time to prac­tise all their new skills. By the time ba­bies are be­tween 15 and 18 months old, they will be hav­ing just one nap a day.”

How do you know when your baby is ready to drop a nap? “From birth to about eight months of age, you’ll find this hap­pens nat­u­rally,” says Lucy. “Your baby will grad­u­ally sleep less and be able to han­dle be­ing awake a bit longer, un­til, by six to eight months of age, she’ll prob­a­bly be in a pat­tern of three naps a day: morn­ing, mid­day, and af­ter­noon.” So, in these early months, go with the flow and let her sleep when she’s tired, trust­ing that she knows how much rest her grow­ing body needs. »

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