At least for Laura Izumikawa anyway. The photographer, based out of Los Angeles, doesn’t watch T.V. or take a nap herself while her 4-month-old daughter, Joey Marie Choi, sleeps. Instead she dresses Joey in costumes that are sure to put what you wore for Halloween last year to shame, and shares them with family, friends and her 279K followers on Instagram.
While we don’t know Izumikawa’s secret to get Joey to sleep through her time as Beyoncé, Pikachu or the Statue of Liberty, we do have some tips you can follow for a more successful nap time.
- Choose a regular, daily naptime and stick to it—early afternoon is best.
- Have your child visit the potty before heading off for their nap.
- Naps should occur in the same place your child sleeps at night.
- Choose a calming activity to do for a few minutes before naptime to help your little one wind down, e.g., they can practice a few yoga poses or flip through their favorite book.
- Enter the room with the lights off or dimmed low.
- Play soothing music or sing a soft lullaby to help them fall asleep.
- Provide a “lovey” for naptime snuggling.