Getting Your Toddler to Take a Nap

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Babies and naps go hand and hand, but once that high-spirited toddler starts playing, it’s hard to get him settled down for a nap. Of course it’s even more difficult to put up with him when he doesn’t take his nap. So let’s look at some easy to try tips to get that little one down for a nap so you can get a some time for yourself this afternoon.

DEVELOP A ROUTINE

Nap time might come right after lunch and a diaper change. Whatever order you decide upon, make sure to follow that routine. Your child will automatically know what comes next, feel more secure, and get ready for a nap.

MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS UP BY 8:30AM

Don’t let your child sleep late, or he simply won’t be tired at nap time. This is a rule to go by: Your child should be up playing for at least 4 hours before you put him down to nap. So use this as a guide and you won’t be hit with a little one who’s not ready to rest just yet.
TAKE A STROLL

Outdoor walks are calming and peaceful for both you and your child. A daily walk after lunch will send most toddlers straight to sleepy town.
The added plus: It’s great for moms to get out in the fresh air and sunshine too!
TRY QUIET TIME WITH A VIDEO

If your child loves videos, get a blanket, and lie down next to him while he watches his favorite movie. He might just fall asleep before Barney sings the “I Love You” song.

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