July 9, 2004
Health Tip: When It's Nyet to Napping
How to get your toddler to cooperate
(HealthDayNews) -- Is your toddler giving you a hard time about taking a nap?
Here are some suggestions, courtesy of Boys Town Pediatrics:
- Put your child down right after lunch.
- Make it a rule that she stays in her room during naptime. About 60 to 90 minutes is a fair amount of time to expect a toddler to rest.
- Don't let her sleep in a different place than where she sleeps at night. This could cause problems at bedtime.
- Don't lie down with your child.
- If naptime is a battle, hide your frustration. Your reaction will give your toddler incentive to keep protesting.