How to Help Your Toddler Nap

Late Napping

Temporary changes in routine, such as a family vacation, can push naptime to late afternoon, which in turn can move back his bedtime to an undesirably late hour. According to Richard Ferber, M.D., director of the sleep study center at Children's Hospital, in Boston, and the author of Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (Fireside, 1986), the way to get your child back on track is to keep the gap of time between nap- and bedtime unchanged. So gradually move up your child's naptime, starting with just 10 or 15 minutes a day. In a few weeks, both naptime and bedtime should be consistently earlier.

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