How to Stay on Schedule with 30 Minute Naps

Struggling to keep your little one on the Moms on Call routine because of those short naps? Fear not, we’ve got helpful tips so you can stay on track.

Are you struggling to keep your little one on the Moms on Call routine because of those short 30 minute naps? You’re not alone! We know how frustrating it can be when your baby’s naps don’t quite align with the schedule. But fear not, we have helpful tips to keep you on track even with those mini naps.

  1. Keep your feed times in place. You do have a 15 minute grace period on either side of the times listed on your routine.
  2. Adjust the start of your pre-nap routine. Typically, you are starting that pre-nap routine about 15 minutes before you put your baby down for their nap. Try keeping them up a bit longer before starting that sweet wind down time. 
  3. Look at the sleep environment. If under 12 weeks, look at the type of swaddle/swaddling technique. Which sound machine are you using? Consistent sleep location at least twice a day if possible. 
  4. Know what a normal sleep cycle looks like. In a normal sleep cycle, it should take 10-20 minutes to fall asleep. Sleep for 30-45 minutes. They may wake and fuss, cry, whine, talk, roll around for 20 minutes, then doze on and off for 30 minutes. If they don’t fall back asleep, you may go in and soothe every 5-10 minutes until you are within 30 minutes of the next feed time. Then have low key snuggle time or supervised tummy time (always remove the swaddle). Feed once you are within 15 minutes of the feed time. 

While dealing with short nappers can be challenging, staying on the Moms on Call routine is still possible. Remember to keep your feeding times consistent and make adjustments to the pre-nap routine. Take a close look at the sleep environment and understand what a normal sleep cycle looks like.

With patience, perseverance, and a touch of flexibility, you’ll be better equipped to navigate those 30 minute naps like a pro. Happy parenting!