Playground Chatter: Nap Tips and Tricks
Getting your little one to take a nap can sometimes be a bit tricky. Some babies need to have their special blanket or they may enjoy being cradled in their parent’s arms while listening to soothing music. We recently asked our fans to share with us their tips and tricks for putting their little one down for naps and enjoyed hearing what they had to say.
Kristi said, “Swaddle and put him in his swing. He LOVES that!!”
Leilani suggested, “Rock them to sleep. My grandma and mother did this and so did I!”
Jessica commented, “Routine is my biggest tool! if they expect it the nap is not such a obstacle. Also creating a cool dark environment for nap is important.”
Kristina recommended, “Lie down on the bed/floor give soft quiet toys, lullaby snuggly toys & pretend to sleep, baby will slumber if the time is right.”
Katherine shared, “OLD FASHIONED ROCKING CHAIR…and I rub her eye brows.”
Dawn advised, “I’ve started a routine with my 13 month old twins. I tell them “You’re going to lay down, Mommy’s going to tuck you in, and you’re going to take a nap” or at the end, “you’re going to go night night”. I also find putting them down in the same time frame every day- 11am to noon for their nap and 8 pm for their bedtime. Wearing them out beforehand is also helpful. But, some kids just need to cry it out- That’s how a lot of kids let off excess energy.”
Michelle said, “I play with my daughter’s nose and eyebrows as I sing to her soft country music…works every time.”
Naiomi commented, “I have a stuffed frog that plays music for 10 mins. I tell my son it is night night time, he takes my hand and walks to his room. No crying usually at all. He is almost 15 months.”
Meredith noted, “White noise, especially thunderstorm noises, work wonders for me. I also have lavender in the room, which promotes sleep. If all else fails, the swing always works.”
Ak commented, “Well, I make sure and make morning time an active time, example, play outside, go to park etc…. Then feed him lunch so he’s got a full tummy, maybe some book/quiet time. I’ve also put up some black out curtains, keeps it not too dark, but dark enough to feel cozy. Also, if needed, I bought a noise maker. It plays ocean sounds, rain, heartbeat, & white noise so no outside noise wakes him up. These are helpful, but the one BIG way to get your lil one to nap is getting into a routine & sticking to it. Babies/Toddlers really do better when on a consistent routine. Hope this helps”.
Denise shared, “Grandma lays down with them and pretends like she is asleep and the next thing I know they are asleep”
Stephanie said, “My 20 month old son rarely has a problem going right to sleep in his own bed. If he does have trouble, I give him his favorite stuffed animal (a puppy) and tell him, “shh puppy is tired, he wants to take a nap.” “Will you lay down with puppy?” That always works. I also put some nice music on low. ”
Heather suggested “My best tip is a full tummy and a nice warm bath and off to take a nap my lil girl never turns down a bath she loves it”
Thanks to all our fans for sharing their wonderful stories with us!