Keep It Lively While She's Wide Awake
To encourage good napping, make sure that your baby is engaged when she's up. Make eye contact with her and sing to her while you fold laundry. If you're on the phone, pretend to direct the conversation at her. Even a trip to the grocery store right after breakfast can be an adventure in sights and sounds for a little one. When your child is still napping as a toddler or preschooler, be sure she gets plenty of fresh air at the park or has permission to get her yayas out indoors on a rainy day. That may mean dancing to fun music, being challenged to a jumping-jack contest ("Let's see if you can do five more than yesterday!"), or taking all the spoons out of the drawer and counting them as she puts them back.