The only time I question if my children are actually mine is when it’s nap time. I love sleep so much. Always have, always will. But my children think when they fall asleep I throw a party or something. I wish. Nope. Mom is just setting on the couch drinking coffee wishing I was taking a nap instead of begging you to.
I have a (almost) two-year-old and a four-year-old. When my oldest was getting ready to turned two she stopped taking naps. I’m not exactly sure what it was that made her stop. But no matter how hard I tried there was nothing I could do to get her to nap. I’ll be honest at first it didn’t bother me as much (because she was an only child) It didn’t become a problem until my son was born. That’s when I started getting creative.
Here are a few things that we do that make nap time a little easier.
Offer a reward
Some people may call this blackmail. But let’s be honest. This “offering something good” for a nap will only work a few times. So I say use it while it works! And this dosesn’t have to be givin them toys or candy. We like to let her stay up a little while after her brother goes to bed if she takes a nap “like a big girl.”
Wake up earlier
It makes perfect sense. If you wake them up a little earlier then they should fall asleep a little easier at nap time. But BEWARE momma, if they still don’t nap you are basically screwed with a cranky tired non-sleeping chid.
Lay down together
Another little warning here, because there is a very good chance you are going to fall asleep with them. Which can be either back or good… you decide. But this is usually the only way I can get my daughter to actually sleep. Maybe it’s only because I’m there to stop her from messing around. But with me beside her I at least know there’s a pretty good chance she could fall asleep.
Call it “Quiet time” instead of “Nap time”
I wish I had the energy my no nap taking four year old has! But while she thinks she never needs to take a rest, I think she does. And since I’m the mom well you guessed it I make the rules. So while her little brother is sleeping she takes a little quite time in her room. She can do anything she wants, as long as she does it “quietly.” Like read, color, do a puzzle. And I always remind her that she can lay down if she gets a little sleepy.
I hope that one of my tips might help someone who is struggling with a child that doesn’t like to nap like mine. I wish I had the key to getting her to sleep with ease everyday but these this is the best I have come up with so far.
If you have a tip you’d like to share please leave it in the comments below! I would love to hear it(:
Thanks for reading!