When your toddler phases out of his naps, it might feel like your world is coming to an end. But there comes a time in every parent’s life when we have to let go of the naps. More often than not, parents phase out daytime naps because their kids struggle to go to bed at night. This can happen anytime between the age of 2.5 and three years old. In this post, we’ll be discussing the cycle of phasing out daytime naps, and how to handle it like a boss.
Phasing out daytime naps
How daytime naps come to an end
Kids that take daytime naps and battle to fall asleep at nightfall into a cycle of sleeplessness. They nap. They stay up late. They’re tired when they wake up. And the need a nap to get through the day.
The only way to break this cycle is by cutting out daytime naps and just pushing through a week’s grogginess in order to get your kiddo into a happy place when bedtime comes around at night.
The key to success lies in adjusting bedtime. Putting your toddler to bed too late or too early during the first few days of quitting nap times will rea havoc. Make sure that you schedule bedtime very early for at least a few weeks while your child adjusts to the idea of not napping during the afternoon.
Phasing out daytime naps like a boss
Get everyone on the same page
If you’re working hard on eliminating daytime naps and your childcare provider is letting your kid take naps in the afternoon, it’s going to be problematic. This will bring about inconsistencies, which will only make it that much harder for your kid to adapt.
During the initial adjustment period, your kid can have a short nap a few days a week, but they still need to go to be at the same time every night. Make sure that everyone involved in caring for your child is in sync with your plan before you put it into motion.
Cut it down before cutting it out
Before eliminating daytime naps, start by reducing them first. Instead of a sudden shift, you’ll be giving your kid some time to adjust to the gradual move. If, however, your kiddo has started resisting naps altogether, you can fast-track it and cut out naps.
Don’t forget to schedule some quiet time
Your little one might not need to sleep during the day anymore, but he or she definitely still needs some time to rest, relax, and unwind. As parents, we also need that break. You can set your kid up in his or her room for some quiet time and just keep checking on them to ensure they don’t fall asleep.
Wait it out
Any changes in your kid’s routine will require some adjustment time. Naps are major aspects of daily routines, so it might need two or three weeks of settling time before it really works.