Connie J. Schnoes, Ph.D.
Children, like adolescents and adults, need adequate sleep to function at their best. For young children naps are critical to achieving the total sleep time they need. And, like bedtime children may resist naptime. Every parent knows how a missed nap can wreak havoc on an, otherwise, perfectly good day.
Establishing a positive naptime routine and schedule is very helpful and will reduce resistance from your child. When naptime becomes too frustrating, parents risk deciding prematurely to stop daily naps. Young children need daily naps for their growth, development and healthy emotional functioning.
To set your child up for success at naptime, consider these helpful tips: