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Naps Are Overrated

Am I the only mom that feels this way after a day of no naps?

Here I go, talking about sleep again. I never thought the subject would consume my life as much as it does. We are going on day two of absolutely no naps for Avery.

Just as I thought we were getting a great routine during the day, she goes and changes it up on me.

For the past month she has been sleeping in the stroller on the way to take my other daughter to camp. After I drop her off, I go to the local coffee shop, get most of my writing and other work done while Avery sleeps. Three hours later, I pick up my daughter, walk home and it’s time for Avery to wake up. She’s usually awake for most of the afternoon (she sometimes has a cat nap) before she is ready for bed around 8:00. It was the beginning of a great routine.

Yesterday morning she fell asleep on the way to camp, but immediately woke up as soon as we got there. I tried to do some extra walking in the stroller before heading to the coffee shop to get her back to sleep, but that just wasn’t happening. After giving up on her napping I went to the coffee shop and had her sit in my lap for three hours while I tried to get as much work done as I could. I ended up playing with her most of the time, trying to keep her entertained.

I thought after not napping all morning that she would sleep most of the afternoon. She proved me wrong and stayed up the entire afternoon. She did fall asleep last night at her normal time and slept through the night (which I am VERY grateful for.)

Today we’ve had the same happenings as yesterday. I just got back from trying to take her for a walk in her stroller. She fell asleep and as soon as I got home, she woke up.

I know she is tired during the day, but for some reason she is fighting these naps and refuses just to let go and fall asleep. I am hoping this is just a quick phase and we are back to our old “routine” soon because right now, Avery thinks that naps are just overrated!

Did your baby go through a “no nap” stage this early? Any advice?

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