Helpful guidelines

What is a sleep strike?

What is a sleep strike?

A “nap strike” is what we refer to when a child who was previously napping well suddenly fights naptime. This most commonly occurs when a child is getting close to the age to drop a nap, making his parents think he is ready to do so before he actually is – little trickster! Don’t be fooled, Moms and Dads!

How long does nap strike last?

The goal after a nap strike, especially once a few days pass, is to get your baby or child’s system back on track and used to sleeping at those specific times. Step 4: Most nap strikes should only last a few days to a week. If your child is still struggling after that you may need to dig a little further.

What is a sleep regression?

Sleep regression is the time when your baby’s sleep patterns shift, they wake up often during the night, and they have a hard time going back to sleep. And if your baby is awake, so are you.

How do you break a nap strike?

What can you do about the nap strike?

  1. Stay the course, and almost always, your child will start to take naps again.
  2. Consider on-the-go naps.
  3. Put sleep boundaries in place.
  4. Offer early bedtime.
  5. Revisit your kiddo’s sleep schedule.

Why is my 18 month old not napping?

What causes it? Although it’s called a sleep regression, take heart that this temporary change in sleep patterns is actually a sign of your child’s growth and development! Sleep regressions are frequently associated with brain development and physical milestones, and the 18-month sleep regression is no different.

Why does my baby not nap well?

Your baby isn’t tired enough. If your baby got more sleep than necessary overnight or did something ultra-stimulating right before you tried putting him down, he may not be tired enough to nap. Try winding him down gradually before naptime and making sure he’s not sleeping too much at night.

Is it okay if my 10 month old only takes 1 nap?

Babies usually drop to one nap when they can stay awake comfortably for at least 4-5 hours both before a nap and after a nap. For most babies, this doesn’t happen until at least 12 months old but sometimes as early as 10 months.

What ages do sleep regressions happen?

Sleep regressions can occur at any age, including 4 months, 6 months, 8 months, 18 months and 2 years. The 12-month sleep regression occurs at or near baby’s first birthday, though some children begin regressing at 10 or 11 months.

Why do 20 month olds stop napping?

The main reasons your toddler won’t nap during day are: They are overtired. They are distracted and overstimulated (by noise, light, the TV, roughhousing, foods, caffeine or medications).