How to Make Nap Time Easier for Toddlers

A study conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder reveals that toddlers who miss a daytime nap experience anxiety, are less happy and have trouble solving problems 1. Once you realize how important it is for your toddler to take a nap, add a nap time into her schedule each day. If a toddler finds it difficult to fall asleep at nap time, implement a few tips to make nap time easier and a more pleasant experience.

Establish a nap time that works for your toddler and then keep that nap time consistent. This will make nap time easier for your toddler in the long run because he will begin to expect it.

Schedule a quiet activity to complete just before nap time. This gives toddlers a chance to slow down. You could read a book, put together a puzzle or even sing a song.

Set up some type of white noise in your toddler's room. White noise is soothing and can come in the form of a small fan, vaporizer or even a white noise machine.

Turn off all of the lights in your toddler's bedroom. If your toddler is afraid of the dark, install a nightlight.

Remove sneakers, watches or anything else that may be uncomfortable when lying down, to get your toddler ready for bed.

Sing her a lullaby or rub her back to increase the feeling of relaxation. This will make it easier for your toddler to fall asleep after you leave the room.


Scheduling some time for active play in the morning can help wear your child out so that he'll sleep better when it comes time for his nap.


Do not allow your toddler to sleep with more than one or two toys. Beds that are filled with toys encourage play. Your goal is to make sleep easier.

Never use nap time as a punishment. Time-outs are appropriate for toddlers if you need to enforce discipline. Nap time is a time to relax and rejuvenate, and should be promoted in a positive light.

Refrain from giving your toddler any soda or caffeinated beverages before nap time.