I love an afternoon nap time! While it helps in the overall growth of children, it also clearly gives a break to a crazy day. Nap times make my children less cranky at night, so in return, I am more sane. Haha
In addition, it buys me a good hour or so, to focus on some important stuff (so this blogging thing is seriously more important than laundry, huh?! OF COURSE.) or just do whatever I want, while my children fuel their body with the energy they need for the rest of the day.
With all these benefits, I’m sure everybody loves nap time. Who doesn’t, right? Apparently, my toddler feels otherwise. My son does take a nap every afternoon, but in his case, it sometimes takes a looooooong process.
Here, let me share the 5 Stages of Toddler Nap Time, brought to you by my highly energetic 2-year old son, Zion.
In this stage, I take Zion to bed and tell him that it’s time for a nap. Of course, he’d refuse and will negotiate that he has to take one “last” jump before sleeping. The last one will be followed by another “last” jump, and another one, and another, and…. you get it! There’s no such thing as “last” for toddlers!
After he’s finally done with his last jump, he asks for his milk. He lies down and drinks for a few minutes, then hands it back to me, claiming he is done, which means he has consumed three-fourths of it. Yes, there is always about ¼ left which he refuses to finish.
This time, since he is “done” with his milk (as he says), then it’s time for play. Instead of napping, he is now energized to play more. He will request for his ball, toy, drum, racket, pictures, etc, etc. Nap time seems to be a perfect time to play with everything at the same time.Then, he asks to play hide & seek and wrestle and tickle. Don’t I dare to say NO because he’ll burst into crying – which I’d rather save for the last stage.
After I succeeded telling him enough of playtime, his next request will be one “last” water. Hmmm this is another negotiation which happens at least two times until I start using my “mad” voice and order him to go back to bed and take a nap.
He finally settles down and asks for his pillow. It seems that he can’t sleep unless “Olaf” is on the side. Hmm but sometimes, any pillow will do. He just really makes random requests to delay his nap time.
This bonus stage happens 1 out of 5 nap times. If he hasn’t really taken his nap yet, he would do everything from stage 1-5 all over again. But this time, I am now about to push my “Mad Mommy” button. Enough is enough! With a mad voice, I’d say something like.. “No more toys, done with water, here is your pillow, finish your milk, lie down and close your eyes! Close!”
This sometimes results in tears, but the good thing is, he’s finally well-rested.. Yey, he’s asleep, I win! 😀 LOL
This is the 5 stages of toddler nap time at home. Does any of it seem familiar to you? Is it a normal thing for boys (or some girls) or is it just really my son driving me crazy? Haha Share about your children’s nap time in the comments below. 🙂
As with my daughter and our bed time routine, well that’s another story. 😉