Baby sleep: Tips for napping
Babies nap 2 to 4 times a day in their first year. At 3 to 4 months, many babies are ready for a nap schedule.
Tip #1: Read the signs
Rubbing eyes or pulling on ears, fussiness. Noting when you see these signs will help you plan your baby's naps.
Tip #2: Schedule
Schedule naps for the same time and duration each day. (When you can – life happens.)
Tip #3: Noise is OK…
No need to tiptoe around – your baby can handle household sounds.
Tip #4: Try a nap ritual
A story, a song, and a kiss.
Tip #5: Skip the pj's
Your baby can nap in anything that's soft and comfy.
Tip #6: Quiet time before naps
Avoid loud and stimulating play just before nap time.
Tip #7: Set up a sleeping spot
Have your baby sleep in the same place for naps as at night. Place your baby on his back on a firm mattress. Clear out toys, blankets, and pillows.
Tip #8: Pack it
Pack books, blankets, and familiar nap tools to encourage napping away from home.
Tip #9: Don't delay
An overtired baby can be harder to soothe to sleep
Naps can be tricky, but consistency is key… You've got this!