Is It Time to Drop the Nap?Beth Anne Ballance
We tried something new this weekend – we cut out Harrison’s nap completely.
After reading your words (hey, we’re not alone!) and talking with my husband, we decided to give it a go and completely skip naps. Even though Harrison had a birthday party. Even though we had lots to do that would be easier if he was snoozing up in his room. Instead of the afternoon nap, we did a “rest time” where he was allowed to lay on the couch and watch a movie. That gave me some time to recoup and clean after his birthday party and him time to just decompress with a little fun. After about an hour, we got up and went to the park and went for a walk and did puzzles together – normal afternoon stuff. Both days by 7:30pm, he was ready for bed.
Last night, for the first time in MONTHS, we put him to bed in his room and didn’t sit by the door but he stayed in his own bed and was asleep within 10 minutes.
It. Was. GLORIOUS.
My husband and I were able to fold laundry together and watch a movie on Saturday night and just enjoy each other’s company without one of us sitting at the door for an hour and coming to bed grumpy. Also? My kid slept until 8am both mornings.
I’m thinking that this is a sign that he is 100% ready to drop the nap. Yes, he was a little more cranky by bedtime because he was so much more tired, but that’s okay. I’ll trade some whining for not having a 2-hour bedtime process. He was also so much better rested this morning because he logged 12 hours of sleep rather than a mere 9-10 hours.
The big problem is that he cannot skip nap at daycare – I asked this morning. They do nap for at least another year, for the same 2 hours. I’m frustrated, but at least we have hope for a good sleeper on the weekends.
How old were your kids when they dropped nap for good?
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