How to: Reduce your baby’s nap times

Posted on Feb 14th, 2013

It’s normal for children to continue taking afternoon naps up to the age of five, but as your baby gets older she’ll start to sleep mainly at night. Try these expert tips from the Mayo Clinic to reduce your baby’s nap times and make the transition easier.

From the age of one, your baby will, more than likely, drop his mid-morning nap and take a longer nap in the afternoon for about two to three hours. To make this transition easier, consider moving your baby’s bedtime half an hour earlier to help him feel more rested the next morning.

When you put your baby down for an afternoon nap, it’s essential to create the right environment so that he sleeps soundly and for a little longer.

  • Set a sleepy mood: Make sure the room is dark and cool enough for your baby to sleep. Set a relaxing mood with soothing music and speak to your baby in a calm, low tone.
  • Be consistent: Once you have dropped the morning nap, be consistent with the afternoon nap so that your baby becomes accustomed to the new routine.
  • Put your baby down: Avoid holding, feeding or rocking your baby to get him to sleep. If he only falls asleep in your arms after a feeding, consider following up with a gentle activity like reading a short story and he can sleep after that.