At what age did your toddler drop their daytime nap? Asking for…
…well, us really, currently locked in a naptime battle of wills, caught between naps and no naps and a fierce and exhausting battle with the land of nod.
Sleep has always been a big issue with my second born She likes to wake up lots, wake up really really early and even now I can count on one finger the number of times she has slept through. In comparison, I’m pretty fond of sleep so am now held together with a diet of caffeine and concealer under a mist of forgetfulness.
So naptime has always been that special time for both of us to sleep, pause and recharge. And for one of us to drink loads of tea and faff around on the internet without guilt or internal judgement.
However, it’s reaching the point with my nearly three-year-old where even a short a day time nap results in a very late bedtime. And as much as I love my children with every fibre of all of my being, past a certain point in the evening, I’m all parented out and not at my most enthusiastic best for playing with Barbies (is anyone?!).
As a result, we’re currently playing a game of stop-the-nap. Which does mean an early bedtime, but has battles of its own (fighting off the late afternoon grizzles…timing it right so when the 7pm need to sleep hits and we can drop everything…nursery NEVER getting the message that no, a two hour sleep at 1pm is NOT A GOOD THING).
But, oh, naptime. I MISS YOU. In the early days it’s such a gift to knackered mums, isn’t it? And even later on it’s still great.
Why naptime is BRILLIANT
- It’s the punctuation mark in the life of the stay at home parent and a calm oasis in the storm of a hectic day
- It’s the time of day for all of these, where you can have a shower or eat or drink a hot tea or work or frantically load and unload the dishwasher or tiptoe around the house picking stuff up in a silent frenzy or relax on the sofa or read a magazine for twenty minutes before realising it’s upside down or run around waving your *two free hands* amazed at your sudden good fortune
- Or, it’s the chance to ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ and have a delicious nap all of your own…zzzZZzzzzZZz…(major eyeroll if you’re a second-time mum)
- It’s something to look forward to when you’re been up since the dawn of time and want to eat some contraband chocolate biscuits in plain sight and not hiding in the kitchen
- Oh, and wait, your child? It means they’re refreshed and happy.
Why naptime is not-so-good
- Yes, those late bedtimes…
- …and these inevitably happen…
- But…erm…not much else.
Oh, naptime. I hate you but I love you too. And although your days are numbered now, I will always remember you fondly. Text me?
The good news is, after starting primary school, my five-year-old is now so exhausted that she sleeps in the evening like an absolute champion. Only two-and-a-half more years to go, then?
More posts…how to potty train without losing your mind, again and things they absolutely DON’T tell you in NCT but totally should. Many thanks for Flo for faux sleeping for me.