Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quiet Time

Over the last couple of months Jaclyn has been struggling with nap time. She has decided that she would rather play in her room rather then sleep. I have tried different things like moving her into her playpen for nap time and going in there more times then I can count to tell her to sleep (which she thinks is very funny). At the same time she does really good without sleeping during the day and then she sleeps really hard all night long.
David on the other hand has always needed a nap. In fact he was sleeping twice a day for two hours each time until he was almost two. Then he switched to one nap a day. Lately though he has been waking at night and that is not cool at all. I like my sleep and I am happy that for the most part my children are good sleepers. So this whole waking at night I needed to stop!

I have started this week to keep them both up all day. So far it has been going good, our options for our afternoon quiet time are going to their rooms to have a quiet time, sitting and reading together or watching a movie on the couch with blankets. The problem is that when David goes to his room for "quiet" time it turns into nap time. So the other day I set them up to watch a movie and this is how they stayed for the whole movie. I think them both fell asleep at different points but they sure slept hard that night.
I am still trying to figure out what I want our afternoons to look like. Right now this is a typical quiet time with the kids half asleep on the couch.
How have some of you other moms out there figured out the whole going from naps to no naps routine?



Tarasview said...

Olivia does a similar thing right now- I am trying to keep her up as much as possible during the day. I actually don't want it too quiet because if she falls asleep she will be up for ages that night. Not good.

debrowns said...

Cole's been skipping his nap frequently these days too. However, he still sleeps well at night whether he takes one or not. We're planning on switching him from his crib to a toddler bed this week, so I'm rather nervous about what that will mean for nap time. I'm pretty sure the temptation to play and not nap will be far too great. I'd cut out his nap but being 7 months pregnant and needing one myself these days doesn't make me to eager to do so. Keep us update on how things go and if anyone gives you some good advice I could use as well :)

Katherine said...

Erin, I hope that Cole starts sleeping better for you soon. It is such a blessing when your oldest child sleeps when you bring a new baby home. David was still having two naps a day until Jaclyn was three months old. He is a sleeper though and always has been. We moved Jaclyn into a big bed a couple of months ago (she stopped sleeping and broke her crib again) and I found that she started to sleep better after that. Maybe the change will be good for Cole's nap time. Jaclyn started having napping issues after Christmas. One thing I was doing to encourage naps after she was in a bed was using the playpen for naps and the bed at night. Good luck and I will let you know if I get any other advice :)

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