Naptime is on its way out

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.

Little Man 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. Little Man 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, Little Man 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,

Best of Worst

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  • Claire
    25/05/2015 at 19:05

    I too have a Sam who is two and a half (born November 2012) and who loves his sleep! (takes after his Dad!). I can relate to this post completely. Occasionally he just won’t have his afternoon nap and then he’s grumpy the rest of the day and falls asleep while eating his dinner – argh! Plus, as you say, the time while he’s asleep is my “get things done” precious time. Oh well, will just have to fit it all in somewhere else… never enough hours in the day 🙂


    • Mummy in Training
      26/05/2015 at 10:24

      Aw we have matching Sam’s 😉 So true, never enough hours and there will be even less soon 😉 xx

  • Harry's Honest Mummy
    25/05/2015 at 19:24

    Oh my goodness I am getting to the same stage as you and have no idea how I will cope in the day when he doesn’t sleep. At the moment we run him ragged which seems to do the trick but it is exhausting for everyone. Please let me know how you get on. Best of luck #mummymonday
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    • Mummy in Training
      26/05/2015 at 10:25

      Yes we try that too, take him somewhere to tire him out!! xx

  • Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)
    25/05/2015 at 19:43

    Ooh I feel ya! My youngest is only 16 months old but now that she has discovered how to open her bedroom door and come down the stairs by herself she is starting to fight nap time. She’d much rather spend the time practising her new tricks. My three year old just started nursery and I had just started getting in some ‘me’ time. I fear this is about to go out the window and I’m totally not ready. Thought we’d still have at least another six months of nap time to go.
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    • Mummy in Training
      26/05/2015 at 10:25

      Eek! That doesn’t sound good! Hold onto the naps!!! xx

  • Misdunerstood Mummy
    25/05/2015 at 20:22

    Im dreading when the time comes for Betsy’s naps to go. I really don’t know how i will cope, i rely on them a worrying amount! xxx
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    • Mummy in Training
      26/05/2015 at 10:26

      Me too hun. Helps to break the day up doesn’t it? xx

  • Tanita
    25/05/2015 at 22:42

    Yes the realisation that no naps is well and truly on its way that leaves you thinking what you are going to do. It is actually no problem, although you will experience the wrath of a no nap toddler early evening, around 4-5pm. At least that is what i found when my daughter dropped her naps! Good luck x

    • Mummy in Training
      26/05/2015 at 10:26

      Thank you! Glad to hear a positive! xx

  • Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    27/05/2015 at 11:56

    I think it will be odd. My girl is in bed as we speak, she just had a meltdown but after a 5.30am rise I know she is knackered. I will miss that bit of free time but also enjoy having her for a bit more. Also as they get older, they do play alone a bit more – so you could clean or write a bit then? Thanks so much for linking up with #bestandworst and see you again soon xx
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    • Mummy in Training
      27/05/2015 at 17:38

      Good point! Hopefully the quiet time will replace them nicely! xx

  • Jeremy@thirstydaddy
    27/05/2015 at 13:44

    You really don’t realize how much you rely on that time until it is gone. I tried getting up earlier in the morning for a bit to reclaim that “me time” but i can’t say that lasted overly long
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    • Mummy in Training
      27/05/2015 at 17:37

      Oo yes, I’m not sure I could do that 😉 xx

  • Susan
    27/05/2015 at 14:09

    My daughter just stopped napping. She would take forever to go to sleep and have awful screaming fits when she was to go to bed. As much as I enjoyed her nap time for some quiet it was time 🙁 she now goes to bed without screaming. But I sure do miss my time during her naps
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    • Mummy in Training
      27/05/2015 at 17:37

      Ah yes, we’ve not got to that stage yet thankfully but I think it is imminent! x

  • Helen Gandy
    27/05/2015 at 21:55

    Alfie (who is now 3) stopped having naps at around 18 months but then he never really had alot of naps before that! He only really has a nap in the day if he’s feeling poorly, my newborn (6 weeks) seems to be following suit and preferring to be awake during the day, although she did have a 2 hour nap earlier but not without alot of distressed, grumpy crying! Love your lads duvet by the way! Thanks for linking up to #bestandworst and hope to see you again next week!

    helen x
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    • Mummy in Training
      27/05/2015 at 22:16

      Its all so complicated isn’t it?! Thanks, he loves his Thomas bed! Xx

  • Mrs Tubbs
    27/05/2015 at 22:05

    The Tublblet stopped having naps at the same age. Which was a bit of a pain as Rev T used that time to,do course work for his university course. Fortunately she started nursary a few months later so he got that time back. #bestandworst
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  • Becky
    28/05/2015 at 19:58

    Oh I dread the day my youngest (2) drops her nap! I remember when my eldest did, I found it really hard, especially with a baby! But has to happen sometime! Good luck x #bestandworst
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    • Mummy in Training
      30/05/2015 at 19:16

      Thank you, after no nap today I think I am going to need all the luck I can get! x

  • Laura
    30/05/2015 at 14:45

    Gosh I mourned the loss of nap time! Emma is now down to one nap a day but it is a long one so I am ok with it but some days she fights it and ends up missing it – those are long days.

    • Mummy in Training
      30/05/2015 at 19:15

      Have had one of those days today…an over tired toddler is not fun! Thanks for commenting x


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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

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