As a new parent, you may love snuggling your baby to sleep for naps, but you hate being nap-trapped. While contact naps are healthy and normal for your baby, they can be challenging. This article will discuss how to deal with contact naps to help you feel less nap-trapped.
Tip #1 - Preparation Is Key
Make sure you have everything you need within reach. Before you start contact napping with your little one, gather everything you need so you don't have to get up in the middle of a nap. This may include a water bottle, a book, a phone, and a snack.
Tip #2 - Get Comfortable
Find a comfortable position that you can stay in for a while. You can try laying down with your child in a safe bed-sharing setup. This can be a great way to get some contact while still being able to get some space. Many times, you can even shift away once your child is asleep.
Tip #2 - Relax
Take this as a time to relax and snuggle your little one. It can be tempting to want to multitask during a nap, but try to resist the urge. This is a time to bond with your baby and to just enjoy their company.
Tip #3 - Catch Up On Self-Care
Use nap time as an opportunity to catch up on your self-care. Whether reading a good book, taking a hot bath, or just taking a few minutes to meditate, use this time to recharge your batteries.
It can be tough dealing with a contact napper baby, but it's important to remember that this phase won't last forever. Soon enough, your baby will be sleeping in its own sleep space, and you'll have your space again. In the meantime, try to take advantage of the naps to get some things done and rest.
Love & Sleep,