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Help! My child has skipped a nap!

Updated: Aug 27, 2018


I’m sure we’ve all had days where you just cannot get your child to nap. Whether it’s your toddler who is just flat out refusing, or you have a family outing or event right at nap time and you know your toddler will not fall asleep in the pram with loads of activity going on. Maybe you’ve got a baby who has refused one of their day naps and just didn’t settle or you had to run an errand and thought they would sleep in the pram on the go, but they didn’t. It can be a frustrating situation and your little one can become overtired quickly. The scenario might be that they’ve skipped a nap, gone to bed at a normal bedtime but they wake up the next morning still overtired and grumpy. I’m sure most parents will be able to relate and probably thinking “What can I do about it?”.



Well, I’m here to tell you about one simple thing you can do to help your child’s sleep when they skip a nap. It’s as simple as putting them to bed early. Say for example your toddler’s bedtime is 7pm but they didn’t nap during the day, I would then suggest putting them to bed as early as 6pm. You might be thinking “but if I put them to bed that early won’t that mean an early wake up?” Absolutely not! In fact, it means the opposite! An overtired baby is more likely to wake through the night and wake earlier in the morning. By reading your child’s tired signs and giving them an early bedtime when needed can help reduce the chance of overnight wakings, early mornings and making sure they aren’t building up a sleep debt. Also, by getting an adequate amount of sleep you may even notice positive behavioural changes which is a win win for everyone!


By reading your child’s tired signs and giving them an early bedtime when needed can help reduce the chance of overnight wakings, early mornings and making sure they aren’t building up a sleep debt.

Skipping naps frequently, could mean that your child’s nap schedule is a little off or they are getting older and need to drop a nap. If you’re having trouble deciphering what is causing your child to skip their naps, feel free to contact me and we can have a chat about what’s going on and get your little one back on track.