When a nap starts to interfere with nighttime sleep, then it may be time to consider eliminating it. Some children drop theirs naps as early as two years of age, while others continue to nap until they are five years old. Establishing a consistent quiet time can help with this transition.
Creating the perfect conditions for a good night’s sleep involves calming and preparing all five senses. We turn off the lights and we quiet our rooms. We have a drink of water, change into cozy pyjamas and snuggle against our favourite pillow. But we often forget about the power of smell, the sense that can easily alter your mood and trigger certain emotional or mental responses.
When a new baby is on the way there is no doubt that the addition to the family is going to affect an older sibling. Juggling the care of two children (or more!) will pull you in opposing directions and reduce the amount of time you can spend with each family member. For an older sibling this can lead to changes in behaviour, and possibly sleep regression. I’m answering some common questions and concerns regarding the impending changes and their effect on the way your older child sleeps.