Fighting Naps is Just a Phase
Sleep. It’s important for everyone, right? Just when your child FINALLY starts sleeping through the night, his sleep patterns will shift again. But wait – before you throw in the towel, all is not lost. It’s just a phase (which means it will end)!
Your toddler might begin fighting naps. We know that naptime is crucial for both your sanity and your child’s well-being, so try to stick to a sleep schedule. (And repeat to yourself that this is just a horrible phase!) Children love routine, so consider following a condensed version of your bedtime routine for naptime.
Make sure your child naps in the same place she sleeps at night. This will help her associate that space with sleep. Consider a white-noise machine and/or blackout curtains, which can make it easier for children to settle down. For yourself, consider earplugs.
Growing independence may also increase bedtime drama. Remaining calm and consistent is important, so make sure you reward yourself later! A hot bath, a glass of wine, or a delicious treat will do wonders for your battered spirit.
Scary Mommy Tip: If your child is wailing from his crib during naptime, it can send your stress level through the roof. Use that time to take a long, hot shower to drown out the noise – a win/win!