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Tackle the most common bedtime problems with the parenting tips in these videos.
You Will Need
- A toddler
- A clock
- About two weeks of flexibility in your schedule
Look for the signs
Look for signs that your child is ready to quit sleeping in the mornings. They may take longer to drift off, wake up earlier, or play in their crib and not sleep at all. You may stop seeing the typical signals of drowsiness, like rubbing their eyes or yawning.
Keep them up
Start by keeping your child awake for a half-hour longer in the mornings for a few days. If their nap was at 10 a.m., push it back to 10:30.
Continue pushing back naptime
Continue pushing their naptime later and later, in half-hour increments for a few days at a time, until their naps starts at around 12:30 or 1 p.m.
While she's getting used to the new schedule, feed your toddler lunch a little earlier than usual.
Wake them up
So that they'll go to sleep at their regular bedtime at night, don't let your child sleep past 3 p.m. Wake them up gently if you have to.
Enjoy your new schedule
Once your child is on the one-a-day nap schedule, enjoy your extra time with them!