Nap Time

If you are a new parent you’ve probably attempted to get in a little sleep while your little one takes their daily nap. But when that nap is cut short, you are immediately back on the clock!

So how can you get your baby to nap longer? And why do they keep waking up?

If your little one is waking up after her traditional amount of rest, there’s really nothing you can do. They’re awake and no matter how tired you are, you’re about to be awake as well.

But if their naps are being cut short for another reason, it may be time to rethink their sleep schedule.

Below are a few suggestions that may help to encourage your little one to nap longer:


Nap Time1. Sleep Schedule

Figuring out your little one’s sleep schedule is essential. Every baby is different: while some may take one or two long naps a day, others may take three or four short naps. Both of these are normal and over time and through a few periods of trial and error you will come to learn your own child’s schedule. Once you do, don’t stray from it!

2. Sleep Patterns

Your baby’s sleep patterns are just as important as their sleep schedule. If you put your little one down for their nap too late, they may fidget and struggle to sleep due to overtiredness. If you put them down for their nap too early, they may be too awake to fall asleep. Find the happy medium and stick to it!

3. Environment

Where are you putting down your little one for their naps? Make sure it is comfortable, cool and dark and remember that, traditionally, babies will nap better where they sleep at night.

4. Routine

Consider your current naptime routine and how you’re putting your baby down for their nap. Are you nursing them, rocking them, reading to them? Are they falling asleep in your arms? Once you put them down are they staying awake or constantly waking up wanting attention? While some babies who wake up early will go back to sleep with a little loving encouragement, some might not know how to fall back asleep on their own. Helping your baby find ways to soothe themselves to sleep may solve many naptime issues.


Generally, most children can begin to transition from three to two naps between 3 and 6 months and then from two naps to one between 12 and 18 months; occasionally younger babies are ready to make this transition early.

If your baby seems to have constant sleep issues, make sure to set up an appointment with their doctor. All children are different and unique steps and suggestions may be recommended.