I have just sat down to write some blog posts. It is one of my two days off work that I have a week and it is 1pm. ‘Thanks for the background’ I hear you say. 1pm is no ordinary time in my day.
1pm is nap time.
A blissful hour of time for me. The time I run around the house for the first fifteen minutes tidying up scraps of lunch, folding washing and loading the dishwasher. Then I sit down, I open my laptop and I write.
Sam is two and a half and I realise I am rather lucky that he still naps but my boy likes his sleep, similar to his mummy! However, the change is upon us. The nap free days are edging nearer and nearer. Sam doesn’t nap at nursery any more. He is fully aware he is missing out on quality play time with some of his already no-napping friends. I have to admit, I don’t think he is quite ready to quit the nap completely as after 3 days of no nap nursery, he is ready to drop and not the nicest of children in the evenings after nursery.
Still, the naps are getting shorter. I am offering them every day and I know that at some point we will have gone a whole week without a nap happening.
I have had many parents warn me of this time. In one way I look forward to it, Sam doesn’t really sleep anywhere but his bed so we have always had to come home for a nap to avoid complete toddler meltdown. So it will be nice to be able to go out for the day and not choose between going home early or risking the wrath of a child with no sleep. On the other hand, this hour is what I use to get things done. When will I do it?! Looks like I’m in for longer evenings of folding washing and backed up dirty dishes!
On the plus side it means an extra hour with my boy in the day. I plan to have some quiet story reading, film watching cuddle time whilst he gets used to the lack of sleep in the day. And you never know he may just sleep a bit longer in the mornings although that hasn’t happened yet after no nap days.
How did it feel when your toddler gave up their naps?
Have a lovely day,