5WAYS TO HELP YOUR TOT HANDLE A NAP TRANSITION
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!