Napping 101: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child's Daytime Sleep

Whether you want to find the right sleep schedule for your baby or just need to help your overtired toddler take a rest, here's how to help your baby sleep -- so you can get a break too! (18 Photos)

Patty Onderko on Oct 7, 2011 at 12:47PM

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Start With the Morning Nap

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a Patty Onderko on Oct 7, 2011 at 12:52PM

The morning nap is the first consistent nap to develop, around 3 or 4 months. Watch for signs of sleepiness -- fussing, whining, rubbing ears and eyes, sucking thumb, and yawning (although yawning is usually a late sign of tiredness, so don’t wait for one before putting your baby down) -- about an hour-and-a-half to three hours after your baby wakes up in the morning. Sometime between 9 and 10am is typical. Kim West, author of The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight book and workbook, recommends against napping before 8am, even if your child was up at 5am. “It will throw off your baby’s sleep cycle for the entire day.”

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