5WAYS TO HELP YOUR TOT HAN­DLE A NAP TRAN­SI­TION

Living and Loving - - BABY & TODDLER -

1 DON’T SLEEP IN

Get­ting up at a con­sis­tent time in the morn­ing (week­ends too) helps reg­u­late her hor­mones and get her body clock in sync for reg­u­lar sleep­ing and wak­ing dur­ing the day.

2 USE THE DAY­LIGHT

As soon as you can in the morn­ing, put some takkies on and let your lit­tle one loose in the gar­den. The nat­u­ral light will help reg­u­late her body clock, the fresh air will help her to sleep more deeply later, and the stim­u­la­tion of an out­side space will mean she can man­age the longer stretch of awake time more eas­ily.

3 KEEP HER BUSY

While you’re stretch­ing the awake pe­riod be­tween naps, give her plenty of in­ter­est­ing things to do when she’s awake. Sing or play games with her, too, as all that in­ter­ac­tion will keep her at­ten­tion.

4 EAT FRUIT POTS

When you’re try­ing to nudge nap time later, the nat­u­ral sug­ars in a pot of fruit purée will give your lit­tle one a burst of en­ergy.

5 AD­MIN­IS­TER TLC

When your child is go­ing through a nap tran­si­tion and hasn’t quite ad­justed to her new sleep needs, it’s easy for her to get over-tired, and that can make her feel cranky and anx­ious. Cud­dles help!

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