The right amount of sleep goes a long way and now that your child is in preschool (or even some TK & Kindergarten classes), getting enough rest needs a bit of extra planning. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that preschoolers receive 11 to 13 hours of sleep every day. Research has shown that proper rest is vital to their continued development, emotional wellbeing, mood, and the ability to focus and learn.

While consistency can make a tremendous difference, this can seem difficult to achieve now that naptime is happening at preschool and not just at home. A preschool naptime kit can make all the difference in helping your little sleepy head with napping away from home. These kits don’t need to include anything complicated or expensive. In fact, the simpler they are, the better they tend to work.

The goal, according to the Mayo Clinic, is to promote comfort and consistency. That said, it is also important that the contents of the kit suit the regulations of the preschool. It is best to speak with the teachers before bringing your child’s preschool naptime kit into the classroom. Find out what the rules are during naptime. For example, if a child can’t sleep, is he or she allowed to take part in a quiet, solitary activity until naptime is over?

With this in mind, it is possible to create a kit that will support a sense of calm and restfulness that will ideally lead to a pleasant nap.


The right amount of sleep goes a long way and now that your child is in prescho
ol (or even some TK & Kindergarten classes), getting enough rest needs a bit of extra planning. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that preschoolers receive 11 to 13 hours of sleep every day. Research has shown that proper rest is vital to their continued development, emotional wellbeing, mood, and the ability to focus and learn. 

While consistency can make a tremendous difference, this can seem difficult to achieve now that naptime is happening at preschool and not just at home. A preschool naptime kit can make all the difference in helping your little sleepy head with napping away from home. These kits don’t need to include anything complicated or expensive. In fact, the simpler they are, the better they tend to work. 

The goal, according to the Mayo Clinic, is to promote comfort and consistency. That said, it is also important that the contents of the kit suit the regulations of the preschool. It is best to speak with the teachers before bringing your child’s preschool naptime kit into the classroom. Find out what the rules are during naptime. For example, if a child can’t sleep, is he or she allowed to take part in a quiet, solitary activity until naptime is over? With this in mind, it is possible to create a kit that will support a sense of calm and restfulness that will ideally lead to a pleasant nap.

Consider the following for your child’s preschool naptime kit:

  • A toddler pillow and pillowcase – a Little Sleepy Head pillow provides the ideal size and fill for a toddler. These hypoallergenic pillows have pillowcases with fun prints that are appealing to children, but also provide a sense of familiar comfort. The pillowcases and the pillows themselves are fully machine washable and dryable, making them easy to keep clean. The Toddler Pillow is just the right size and offers the perfect amount of snuggle. It is ideal for children regardless of their preferred sleeping position. Many will even simply hold them as a cuddle toy while resting.
  • A blanket – a very soft blanket made from fleece or polyester can give your child a warmer and more snuggly feeling while napping. It can also be used as a comfortable nap mat. Make sure the blanket is a cozy material that can be tossed into the washing machine and dryer. This will make it a breeze to care for.
  • A bag – this should be a bag that can easily hold both the pillow and the blanket, even if they’re stuffed inside instead of being neatly folded and placed within. The purpose is to keep the contents clean and simple to transport. It needs to be something your child will be able to identify as well as open on his or her own.

Depending on the naptime rules at your child’s preschool, other options can include a soft snuggle toy or even a picture book that can be quietly enjoyed if your child isn’t sleepy.

As the naptime routine becomes a regular part of your preschooler’s day, the comfort of the toddler pillow and blanket will become a natural signal to settle down and get some sleep.

 

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August 29, 2016 by Little Sleepy Head

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