Overtired kids are often "wired" and restless, unable to self-soothe at bedtime, and more likely to wake through the night.
If you feel your child's late naptime is the cause of bedtime problems, try making the nap a little bit earlier, which may mean waking your child a little earlier in the morning so the nap can begin sooner.
Ask yourself: If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider adjusting your child's sleep or nap schedule.
For example, one toddler may sleep 13 hours at night with only some daytime catnapping, while another gets 9 hours at night but takes a solid 2-hour nap each afternoon.
Though sleep needs are highly individual, these age-by-age guidelines give an idea of average daily sleep requirements: Birth to 6 months: Infants require about 14 to 18 total hours of sleep per day.
Parents are often surprised by how quickly quiet time can lead to sleep time — but even if it doesn't, at least your child is getting some much-needed rest.
If your child has given up daytime naps, consider adjusting to an earlier bedtime.
May 2004 Hello- I have a 6 month old son who is not a fan of naps.