Nap-on-the-go and LIFE do co-exist
My DS is currently 27 months old. We did sleep training when he was 9
months old. He was a stubborn little bugger (sometimes he still is) and it took him a little longer to accept the change and adapt to the new methods and sleep routine. He has been sleeping like a champ since he was 11 months old.
Whenever we plan family outings they are ALWAYS planned around my DS and his nap/bedtime routine because I am worried about him missing his naps or going to bed 30-60 minutes later then his usual time. My husband probably thinks I am crazy at times because we would rush to get our three children ready to head out first thing in the morning and then we would
leave wherever we decided to go around 1:15/1:30pm so my DS could nap in the car AND....I ALWAYS made him drive the long way home!! My two daughters (ages 4 years and almost 6 years) have been VERY patient and understanding with their brother's routine, however, last weekend I decided enough is enough - why
should their fun always be cut short because of their brother's routine. My next thought was "Am I ready to take the plunge and test my DS and his ability to nap on the go?"
Last weekend my husband and I decided to plan a family day at Port Dover. The drive from Hamilton to Port Dover was NOT relaxing at all...I kept visualizing the worst case scenario...an
overtired 2 year old having a never ending tantrum because he missed his afternoon nap, now his sisters have to suffer once again as another family day has come to an abrupt end...and now I have 3 kids with full blown temper tantrums and meltdowns happening. Much to my surprise this did NOT happen
at all!! In fact when I observed my DS and his actions I could tell that it must be around his nap time - how did I know this? With no help from mommy he got his blow up raft, dragged it to the shoreline and climbed onto it and laid down...5 minutes later he was out like a light!!! I check the time and it was 1:15pm (close enough to his routine nap time of 1:30pm). HE SLEPT FOR ONE HOUR!!! He made his mommy proud!!
We put my DS to the test once again this past weekend...we decided to plan a family day at Bissells. I prayed that my DS napping in Port Dover last weekend wasn't a fluke! Sure enough I see my DS starting to slow down and unwind. He says "All done" and walks out of the splash pad area, lays down on the lounge chair and puts a towel over himself...he falls asleep in about 6-7 minutes. I check the time and it's 1:35pm. HE SLEPT FOR 1HR 40MIN!!!
As I write this I am wondering: "Why did I doubt my DS all summer?", "Why did I think he would NOT nap if we spent a whole
day out?", "Why was I worried about him missing a nap if that did
The past few weeks I have realized that sometimes life intervenes and naps get missed or bedtime doesn't happen when it should.
I have realized that sleep is all my DS knows!! Next week we will
be away at to a cottage for the whole week. I feel so much more relaxed about going because I know that if my DS is tired while we
are at the beach then he will nap (hopefully I haven't jinxed myself).
I do believe that....Naps on the go and life co-exist!!
8/23/2013 05:08:38 am
Thank you for this post Carla! I am also a crazy stick-to-the-routine mother. DS #1 didn't sleep through the night until 12mo. His naps were usually OK in terms of length but I was convinced it was because he was in his crib, in the dark, and with the fan on. I had a nap/bedtime ritual akin to a superstitious Bingo fanatic. When I had twin boys a little over a year ago (DS #1 was 2.5yr) I sleep trained them with the help of Babeez at 5 months. They have been DARLING sleepers. That said, the thought of breaking the nap time routine, or (God forbid) having a nap out of the crib has lingered. I LOVE the routine most days (I am a teacher so routine an I work well together) but some weekends I would really like to get out for longer than a 3 hour stretch with my whole family. My fears were much the same as yours (overtiredness etc.). Your post has given me the courage to test the waters. Lately they have had super morning naps and short afternoon ones. Twin A doesn't even naps some afternoons if he has slept a long time in the morning (he generally lays in his cribs sucking his thumb). I'm thinking while I am in this nap transition period I could maybe try an out of the house afternoon nap...wish me luck!
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