The key can be as simple as setting up a consistent nap routine early on and sticking to it. Soft music, dim lights, and a quiet story can help kids settle into their naps.
Put your toddler down for a nap while they’re sleepy but not yet asleep. This helps your child learn how to fall asleep by themselves — a skill that gets even more important as they get older.
For toddlers and preschoolers, set regular naptimes that are not too close to bedtime. Sticking to a naptime schedule can be a challenge. Many do still love their nap, but others don't want to miss a thing and fight going to sleep. If your child gives up daytime naps, consider setting an earlier bedtime.
Don't let naptime become a battle — you can't force your child to sleep. If your child won’t nap, set aside some quiet time. Read a story together.
During quiet time, let your child read books or play quietly in their room. Parents are often surprised by how quickly quiet time can lead to sleep time. Even if kids don’t sleep, they still get some much-needed rest.
It can take time to find a sleep routine that works. Talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your child's sleep.