After posting how good Bodhi is sleeping at night and napping in the day in his 18 month update, last week he decided he’s not so keen on napping! Arghhhh. It’s like he’s suddenly realised that there is fun stuff going on downstairs and he doesn’t want to miss it.
For ages he was having his nap between 10 or 11am for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and he’d easily go down for this nap. Then he started getting a bit more difficult to get to sleep so I moved his nap time back to after his lunch (which I gave to him pretty early). A couple of days a week we have to pick Charley up from nursery at 3, so his nap has to fit in with this.
Charley is at nursery until 3 on a Monday and Tuesday so we haven’t been doing much on these days as he’s been so good at napping and I’ve taken advantage of having these few hours to get some stuff done. The rest of the week we’re out and about, so we don’t stay in for him to have a nap then.
So I’ve been wondering if we need to do some activities in the morning to burn off his energy, so that he will go down for his nap more readily, as I don’t think
I will he will be able to last the whole day without a nap.
Hopefully he will also enjoy going out, meeting some other little people and doing some different activities.
The trouble is to get to any activities mostly means going in the car, which means he is likely to fall asleep in the car on the way back (most activities start half way through the morning). Then there is the dilemma of trying to transfer him into his cot from the car without him waking up.
Then I need to factor in lunch and picking up Charley. Ideally, we would have lunch out so that he’s eaten before we get home and I could transfer him to his cot, otherwise he might fall asleep in the car without having had lunch and then he may need lunch after he wakes up, which would mean its late for lunch and picking up Charley!
Routines for little ones seem such a nightmare sometimes, trying to get it all perfectly timed!
Anyway, so today I tried the ‘new’ routine. We went to the local swimming pool for a little splash about, which didn’t go quite according to plan as I’d got the swim times wrong but after a little wait we did get in the
freezing pool. Then we or rather I had a sandwich, Bodhi didn’t seem to like his, whilst out. By this time it was gone 12.30 and I was sure he’d fall asleep in the car, but he didn’t. So I was able to put him in his cot when we got home and he went to sleep really easily and nearly had 2 hours. Wahoo.
Early days though, so I’ll try not to be too smug just yet. Tomorrow we’re going to a playgroup within walking distance, hopefully this will work out too. I’m not ready for him to stop napping in the day yet!!!!
Did your little ones suddenly stop napping? What are your routines like?