Making up for missed naps

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Making up for missed naps

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If you skip a nap, it's not the end of the world. Just don't do it every day, because children obviously need their sleep. But if you skip a nap totally, and it's no nap or what else, whatever that day, bring the bedtime an hour earlier. So if your child's currently going to sleep at 7, bring it back to 6pm. Therefore, he'll get more sleep in before midnight which is the golden hour of sleep. Then, he should sleep later in the morning by at least half an hour as well. Therefore, you're catching up the hour and a half nap that he missed. If he come home later for the nap, let's say get home around 2pm, I would put your child down for that nap about 2 and wake him up by 3:30. So at least, he gets an hour and a half in. If you wake him up at 3pm or he wakes up at 3pm because he's going down on late, that's totally fine. Just put him down at 6:30 that night for bedtime, half an hour earlier than usual.

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Kathy Sinclair is a committed and dedicated baby sleep expert that has spent 2,856 nights without sleep so that parents of newborns could get theirs. During this time she has studied closely the secrets, nuances, and ins-and-outs of baby sleeping patterns. This study, along with her skill and knowledge, has enabled her to be known as the “Baby Whisperer of Los Angeles” by some of her clients, who know that she can get babies sleeping peacefully and easily within a very short space of time.

Kathy is a graduate of Australia's prestigious Charlton Brown Nanny College, a certified postpartum doula, lactation educator, and a certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator. As the head of Baby Sleep Solutions, a sleep consultation service, Kathy does online, telephone and in person consulting to families who need to get more sleep quickly and without fuss.

Kathy currently spends her time between Los Angeles and Brisbane Australia, enjoying an endless summer and the best of both worlds.

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