Every day brings with it something new for children to learn, be it whether the ability to brush the teeth on their own or to play in the neighborhood park. With all that activity, you begin to think, they should be feeling tired. However, your toddler will never think that way. He/she will always want to play just a little more, watch just a little more television. It is a vain exercise telling toddlers how important ample rest is for them. As a sensible parent, you know that children should get rest in the afternoon too. So what do you do? Read some tips on to know how to get your toddler to take a nap.
Observe your toddler
It is necessary to observe your toddler’s habits for a few days, to find out the approximate time when she/he begins to feel sleepy. It can be after lunch or sometime late in the afternoon. When you have found out what time she/he begins to doze off, you will be able to time everything else, like lunch or playtime.
It has been observed that toddlers sleep better when they are completely tired out by the afternoon. So, make sure she/he gets enough exercise and sunlight all day, so that she /he sleeps for a good one or two hours soundly.
Atmosphere for taking a nap
To sleep soundly it is essential for your toddler to get the same atmosphere during the afternoon that she/he gets at night. Parents should make their toddlers to sleep in their room or crib, or at least toddlers should be given the same blanket and soft toys as at night. A familiar object will help her/him sleep better.
It is important for a child to get an hour or two of uninterrupted sleep. That’s why the atmosphere she/he sleeps in should be as rid of noise as possible, not only of the television or the stereo system, but also the noise inside the house. So it is important that you close the door of the room she/he sleeps in or put some soft, soothing music in it, so that she/he sleeps better.