Nap Struggles Caused by Self Isolation


Scenario – 10.30 am Naptime, your child will just not go down for their nap now no matter what! Nap struggles caused by self-isolation and the lockdown?

Baby & children nap problems – Does your child struggle to nap now you are all at home and we are now all no longer able to leave the house during the lockdown.?

Frustrating at the best of times when your child drops their naps. Or begin taking short naps. Heightened now by the fact you are all together. At home. Living one on top of the other. Making the whole situation feel like torture.

It then makes it harder to predict the ideal nap times and frequency due to each child having their own and different version of normal. Made worse during this lockdown by their naps being interrupted or restricted due to older siblings or parents. Who by no fault of theirs would normally be out of the house but are currently working from home.

Therefore, I decided to create some top tips for those of you who are struggling with your child’s naps.

1. Age appropriate naps ranges. By checking your child’s naps fit into these ranges for current age. If once you check you find that they are below or above the nap amount suggested for their age. You then take small steps to adjust the schedule as needed. For age appropriate sleep recommendations the National Sleep Foundations is good starting place

Please be aware that the prime sleep driver, which is what controls naps, is homeostatic sleep pressure. The older your baby gets the slower the sleep pressure accumulates. Therefore, causing younger babies have multiple naps, while older children or tired adults only one.

2. Replicate the bedtime routine were ever and as much as possible. With it being much harder for a child to fall asleep at naptime, due to there being less biological imperative to sleep. It is vital to give them time to transition. It is best achieved with a reduced version of their bedtime routine.

Please don’t forget the sleep environment too. The room doesn’t need to be as dark as at night-time. That said a blackout blind is still useful to prevent them from being distracted by items around them such as toys & other interesting objects in their room.

3. If the nap for them is normally a motion nap don’t worry. Just because you are at home, and unable to go outside at this time. It does not necessarily mean these have to stop. If needs must then wheel the pram on the spot, to help them fall asleep is OK. This is OK on occasions as long as you are aware of how much they need this. Stop once they have fallen asleep. If they need continual motion you could always think about using a rockit pram rocker.

4. Don’t panic when your child suddenly starts resisting naps – these changes are mainly triggered by developmental changes. Such as learning to walk, teething, potty train or as currently happening, a change to their daily routine.

My suggestions are to continue and put your child down for their nap at the normal time for 30 minutes for three to four days. Should this not work, then watch for your child’s sleepy cues. Such as rubbing their eyes. slowing down, showing signs of losing interest in toys while playing, avoiding your gaze or showing signs of drowsiness.

The Nap struggles due to self-isolation lockdown are real, You do not have to struggle with naps anymore as there is help available. Lisa Gargaro practices a holistic sleep consultancy service in her consultancy Sleep Co. She has supported many families both nationally and internationally to get a more settled night’s sleep. For more information please visit the Lisa Gargaro Sleep Co website.