When the alarm goes off in the morning, most adults know that it’s time to hit the ground running. Waking a toddler up from a nap, though, is a whole different story. If she's been sleeping too long, you might need to rouse your toddler – but easy does it. Little people don’t take kindly to transitions, and asleep-to-awake can be one of the toughest for them to get through. Ease a toddler out of a nap to take control of a sleep schedule.
1 Turn on the light and open the shades to change the amount of light in the room where your little one is sleeping.
2 Strike up a conversation to rouse your toddler from her nap. Keep your vocal tone normal – no hushed whispers, and no yelling. You might call your toddler's name gently and say something like, "Annie, it's time to wake up, sleepyhead."
3 Sit on the edge of your tot’s bed and rub his back to help him move to a wide-awake state without being cranky and sour.
4 Talk about an activity you have planned for the day that your toddler can anticipate. Whether it’s a trip to the park, a stop at the mall or a visit from Grandma, it will be easier for your toddler to wake up if she can look forward to something.
5 Move on to full awake mode with activities that will wake up your toddler's little mind and get him busy. Start with a snack and a drink and then try reading a book, coloring a picture or playing a game.