|Kaitlyn sleeping during Independent Playtime|
For Kaitlyn (now 14 months), her independent play ends pretty close to her nap time (about 15-20 minutes before), and I am pretty surprised to find her asleep, but it happens sometimes. I always get her up and put her in her bed and she takes a normal nap. She is the type that will do that though.
If your child falls asleep on occasion during independent play, decide what is best for him. Some might need a little longer time before the regular schedule nap. I think for most, though, they are falling asleep because they are tired. So a normal nap can still happen.
If your child regularly falls asleep, evaluate your timing of naps and independent play. You might need to have independent play earlier or end sooner. While it is okay for them to fall asleep sometimes, you don't want it to be regularly.
Here are more links on independent play:
- Independent Playtime: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/01/independent-playtime.html
- Independent Playtime Lengths : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/03/independent-playtime-lengths.html
- Resistance to Independent Playtime : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/06/resistance-to-independent-playtime.html