How do I extend my baby’s nap time?
But if your baby’s waking up for another reason, you can take the following steps to help encourage her to get more daytime rest:
- Know your baby’s sleep patterns. …
- Rethink your nap-time routine. …
- Make sure your baby’s napping place is quiet, dark, cool, and comfortable. …
- Consider dropping a nap.
Why does my baby wake up 30 minutes into a nap?
So, if you are seeing your baby wake up at the 30 minute mark, or the 45 minute mark, it’s because they are shifting between sleep cycles and briefly moving into a lighter stage of sleep. This is often referred to as the ’45 minute intruder’.
Why does my baby only nap 15 minutes?
Most common reasons we see babies take short naps:
Feedings need to be adjusted: Day or night, hunger often leads to shortened sleep. While we don’t encourage caregivers to feed their baby to sleep (see Reason #1), moving feedings a bit closer to nap time can sometimes help babies sleep longer.
Why does my baby only sleep 10 minutes?
If you’re not able to provide a sleep opportunity then they’re alert again, their body rhythm is out of sync, which is why they’ll only sleep for 10 minutes.
Why does my baby wake every 20 minutes?
Babies and children who are generally rested and know how to fall asleep on their own, but who lie awake for more than 20 minutes each night are probably being put to bed too early or have a problem with their sleep environment.
Why is my baby suddenly taking short naps?
Too much stimulation from activities, toys or engagement (think meeting new family and friends) can be a lot for babies’ brains to process. When their brains are in overdrive it can be hard to unwind for sleep and may lead to short naps or babies having a hard time getting down to sleep for their nap.
Why does my baby wake up after an hour?
Shift Things at Bedtime. Being put to bed too drowsy is the number one reason a baby wakes up after going to sleep. If your baby wakes up right after going down, I would recommend that you shift things up at bedtime. Make sure she is more awake before going to bed.
Why do babies fight naps?
Your little one may be especially likely to fight naps if she feels she’ll be missing some exciting activities (like playtime with older siblings) or if she’s going through a bout of separation anxiety and doesn’t want to be left alone in the crib.
Should baby go to bed early if missed nap?
If your child normally gets enough sleep, but misses a nap on occasion or has a gap of wakefulness that is too long, then you’ll want to offer a somewhat early bedtime to compensate.