If your baby won’t nap, don’t worry because many babies have the same problem. There are a few things you can do to fix that. First of all, you have to know exactly if your baby is sleepy or not. Trying to sleep a baby who is not drowsy will be a waste of time. Secondly, it is also important to set a schedule, so that she gets used to the naptime routine.
Keep the room calm
This is a huge factor that you can’t put aside. Remember that everyone needs a quiet space to sleep. This applies to babies as well. If her bedroom is full of noise, she wouldn’t close her eyes because she’s too focused on that. The only noise we recommend is white noise since it has been proven to be effective for inducing sleep. Don’t let too much light in because it can also divert her attention. Put window shades to help block sunlight. In other words, the room should be a little dim as this provides much comfort.
Adjust the room temperature
It is hard to relax in the bedroom especially in the summer. The room temperature increases during the day. To regulate it, you can use a fan or simply open the windows, so that the room doesn’t get too hot. Don’t point the fan directly at her because it might cause another problem. As long as the temperature is not too high, she would be fine. (Also read: 3 month old baby sleeping a lot more than usual)
Create a naptime routine
Creating a naptime routine is important because your baby will likely stick to the schedule. For example, you can teach her to take an afternoon nap at 1:00 pm. Her body will be accustomed to it as long as it is preceded by the same routine. You can put her in the crib at around the same time every day. Play relaxing music and don’t forget to darken the room by rolling up the curtains. All of these will help her sleep faster.
Swing your baby
A swing will also help if your baby won’t nap because movements can act as a lullaby. There are many products out there. In choosing a swing, the sturdiness of the material should be the primary consideration. It should also be robust and not wobbly for her safety. While this can be effective, she will need to get rid of it one day. She should learn to sleep without any equipment. This can be an alternative when other methods don’t work. For some babies, a gentle stroke on their foreheads is enough to put them down to sleep. A couple of pats on the back also have the same effect. That’s what to do when your baby won’t nap.