Daytime naps can have a huge effect on your little one's mood and if you choose the right length and right time of day can even reduce temper tantrums and general fussy or clingy behaviour.

Day time naps can help children to boost their immune system, increase attention span and brain development and as an added bonus give you a break. The downside is that they can also wreak havoc on night time sleep. So how do you strike a balance?

If you've found your child has started to resist day time napping, there may be a few different factors involved.

Issue: Your child has developmentally outgrown the current nap schedule
Solution: If there have been big physical changes and developments for your child lately or major emotional changes like changing house or play group, this may affect your child's desire to nap. Don't be too strict during these phases, see when your child is naturally getting tired and try to reschedule the daytime nap around that.

Issue: Your child's day time sleep time differs.
Solution: Children need routine and as we all know this can be hard to keep to given all the other demands in your life. If you are a working parent and your child has naps at daycare, but different nap times on weekends, it can cause confusion. Try to set up a nap schedule and do your best to stay within a half hour of the nap times you’ve set up.

Issue: Your child is overtired and over-stimulated by nap time
Solution: Pay close attention to your child's signs of fatigue - this could be playing up. If you don't see the signs you'll move into the second stage of tantrums and crying which will make it harder to get your child to sleep. If you are out on a play date with another mum and her child, schedule it with enough time to get home in time for your child's scheduled nap.

We'd love to hear from you - does your child still have day time sleeps? At what stage did you start to notice changes and how did you handle them?