Naps

Four signs your baby is ready to transition from two naps to one

Four signs your baby is ready to transition from two naps to one

One of the most common nap questions I get from parents is when to expect that their child will be ready to transition to one nap, instead of two. Let’s talk about the signs that your child might be ready for just one nap each day: Every child is different, but most...

Crib hour: What it is and why I’m not a fan

Crib hour: What it is and why I’m not a fan

Related to naps, the concept of "crib hour" is this: if baby wakes up at any point under an hour from when they were put down, you leave them be. This is a popular option among some for lengthening a baby’s short naps... But, here’s why I don’t subscribe to crib...

When to increase your baby’s awake time

When to increase your baby’s awake time

It's not always crystal clear when your baby is ready to make certain sleep transitions, and determining when to increase awake times can be one of those uncertain periods. Let's start by looking at average awake times by age (remember, every baby is different, and...

Sound machines, white noise, and your baby’s sleep

Sound machines, white noise, and your baby’s sleep

Sound machines have become a popular sleep tool for parents with young children. There is a lot of mixed information, though, about the right way to use a sound machine, and whether to use one at all! Here's what to keep in mind when considering a sound machine for...

Three signs your child is ready to drop a nap

Three signs your child is ready to drop a nap

Sometimes things aren't always determined by age! For some parents, it can be tricky to know whether and when your baby is ready to drop a nap and make a nap transition. This goes for 3 naps to 2 naps, 2 naps to 1 nap or even 1 nap to NONE. First, let's take a look at...

Adjusted age: How your preemie’s corrected age affects sleep

Adjusted age: How your preemie’s corrected age affects sleep

If your baby was not premature, you may have never heard the terms “Adjusted Age” or “Corrected Age.” But, if your baby was born early (earlier than 37 weeks), calculating baby’s adjusted age can be very helpful for sleep!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Adjusted age is your baby’s...

Nap Strikes: What they are and how to get past them!

Nap Strikes: What they are and how to get past them!

Previously-perfect napper seem to be on strike? A "nap strike" is what we refer to when a child who was previously napping well suddenly fights naptime. This most commonly occurs when a child is getting close to the age to drop a nap, making his parents...

The 45-minute nap – why it happens and how to move past it

The 45-minute nap – why it happens and how to move past it

Here is the scenario: You’ve rocked your baby to sleep; you’ve tip-toed over to the crib and ever-so-gently put her down; you’ve ninja’d your way out of the nursery using a brightly-coloured sticky note map on the floor to avoid the creaks in the hardwoods; and…...

From three naps to two – when and how to make the switch

From three naps to two – when and how to make the switch

While every baby is different, there are some sleep generalities that simply can’t be ignored, and one of those is when to make certain nap transitions. One of the most common conversations I have with parents is the awkward daytime scheduling that comes along with...

From one nap to none!

From one nap to none!

If your child is between the ages of three and four, he might be showing signs of being ready to drop his nap. For some parents, this is a welcome change, as they find naps inhibit their ability to get out of the house and get things done (i.e. feeling “trapped by the...

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