Daytime napping is one of the most precious blessings for both the parents and their babies. It is a blessing for the parents because they will finally find some time to get some rest or finish some built up work or house chores. And it is a blessing for the baby because it is when they sleep that their brains develop. So how to make “convincing” your baby to have a nap easier?
1- Don’t feed your baby to sleep. It is not healthy to link sleeping with eating in a baby’s head. This will make it much difficult for a baby to sleep later when he grows out of breastfeeding into the weaning time.
2- Make the surroundings suitable for sleeping. Some people think that playing a song or singing a lullaby for their babies will help them sleep faster. It DOESN’T. A brightly lit room, a song or even the sounds of talking people are all stimulants that will alert your baby and make sleeping much more difficult for them.
3- Don’t hold or rock your baby to sleep. Just like feeding, holding a baby to sleep will make him used to it, and he will connect it in his mind to sleeping time. This way you will need to rock or hold your baby to sleep every single time even when they are much older and heavier for it.
4- Make your baby’s bed safe for them. Clear it out of heavy blankets and bothersome toys that might coil around the baby’s body when he sleeps. These things make it also difficult for the baby to turn when he needs to, which will make his sleep less comfortable.
5- Make it a routine. Sleeping in a certain time is a habit like any other. So, if you start the day nap routine in a certain time one day, start at the same time at the days after it. Making day naps a routine will take much shorter time if its stable and regular.