Practical tips so your little one, and you, get the break you need.

By Charlotte Latvala

Between 3 months and 12 months, most babies need two daytime naps, usually with lengths of 30 minutes to two hours each. Here are some tips from sleep specialist Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., of Children's Hospital, in Philadelphia:

  • Most infants are ready to take their morning nap about two hours after they wake up.
  • Put your baby down to nap in the same location where she sleeps at night.
  • Develop a routine that is a miniversion of the bedtime routine.
  • Be careful of letting your infant nap exclusively in the Snugli, a stroller, or a car seat. If he becomes too accustomed to these things, he might not be able to nap anywhere else.
  • When your baby is napping, don't tiptoe around the house, afraid to flush a toilet or squeak a floorboard; you want him to be able to sleep through the noises of normal house-hold activity.
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Comments (4)

Anonymous
December 28, 2018
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December 4, 2018
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sty13
December 4, 2018
Quick tip for all you parents all out there: My baby never slept well (especially through the night) until I started using the website >>>>SleepBaby .org<<<< - that website has been by far one of the best things I've ever got my hands on to get him to fall asleep quickly. Best time is 45 seconds from awake to asleep! I heard about it through a kindergarten teacher who uses it to put to sleep a group of 30 children. Check it out! Sorry, you can't post links here so you'll have to turn it into a normal link. >>SleepBaby .org<< Best of luck to you and your family! :)
Anonymous
December 1, 2018
My baby never slept well (especially through the night) until I started using the website >>SleepBaby.org<< - that website has been by far one of the best things I've ever got my hands on to get him to fall asleep quickly. Best time is 45 seconds from awake to asleep! Can’t imagine life without it! I heard about it through a kindergarten teacher who uses it to put to sleep a group of 30 children. Check it out! >>SleepBaby.org<< - sorry, you can't post links here so you'll have to turn it into a normal link :) Best of luck to you and your family!