Saying goodbye to the nap July 10 2014

If you regularly read our blog you’ll know that the last few weeks have been full of childhood milestones for us. Both our kid’s graduated pre-k, Erica’s son moved from being a toddler to a little ‘kid’. Now a change I have been dreading for some time is happening. The end of the nap. I am a force napper. For most of my mom friends naps ended at ages 2 and 3, but my son, he has been napping away well into his 3’s and 4’s. My boy is so high energy that I demand a nap and will even lie in bed with him like I have been doing since he was a baby. Once he falls asleep, FREEDOM. And hey who am I to deny him some rest? Says his tired, stressed out mom! I even went on a work trip a few months back and my husband had put an end to the nap in my absence. Is he crazy? I quickly reinstated it. 

Now at almost 5 the nap is finally becoming a rarity. I’m going to miss how these naps allow me an hour of quiet time to catch up on the computer, clean the floor with out dirty feet marking my shiny work. The nap is without fail how my son gets to redeem any bad deeds he has done for the day. His sweet little sleepy face reminds me how lucky and grateful I am to have him and the disappointment of a morning of tense timeouts or discussions on poor behavior such as a slap to my face (another time, another post) or declarations on how I am not his best friend somehow disappear. He awakes happy and singing, declaring love to me. With kindergarten in the near future and a long day of afterschool care, homework every night. No pre-k hall pass here, kindergarten is serious work so I know his naps will be a thing of the past come September but for now I get to enjoy the ritual of quiet ‘me’ time and watching my boy dream away.





Posted  and Photo by Donna

Cuddlebugs, getting kids back on a sleep schedule August 30 2012

My child’s sleep schedule since summer can no longer be called a schedule. Usually I have him asleep by 8:30p.m. With travel and either my husband or myself returning from work on the late side we struggle to get him to sleep by 9:30/10p.m. I am now on the fast track to getting him back on a schedule, if you are in a similar situation I found these tips via the Huffington Post to be quite helpful.

Photo (Source: bebekblogu) via theartofthemidwifery

Daylight Savings Sleep Tips (for your kids!) March 10 2012

These come courtesy of Swellbeing; be sure to check out their webinars- they’re great:

Daylight Savings Sleep Tips
Sunday morning (March 11th) at 2 o’clock a.m. the clock springs forward. This means that we lose one hour of sleep and gain one hour of sunlight. For some, this is a welcome change because it means that your tot may sleep in a little later. For others it may raise questions about how to keep your child on your current schedule. Here are some tips to guide all of you.
Scenario A: Would like to take advantage of the time change to move your child’s schedule forward by an hour.
1. Put your child to bed on Saturday night per usual. Move your clocks ahead one hour.
2. Let your child sleep until s/he awakens naturally. If that is normally 6:00 a.m., the clocks will now ready 7:00 a.m.
3. Proceed with your day but be sure to put your child down one hour later per the clock (i.e. nap used to take place from 12:00-2:00, now takes place from 1:00-3:00; bedtime was 7:00 p.m. but is now 8:00 p.m.).
Scenario B: Want to keep current schedule/clock time going forward
1. Put your child to bed on Saturday night per usual. Move your clocks ahead one hour.
2. Wake your child up at his/her normal wake up time per the new clock. This means that your child will lose one hour of sleep overnight.
3. Proceed with your daily schedule using the current clock (ie naps used to occur @ 9, 12 and 4 still occur at those times).
If you’d like to take baby steps, you can wake your child up 30 minutes early tomorrow morning (Saturday) and another 30 minutes early on Sunday. This will get you to the *new* time a bit more gradually.

Posted by: Jessica Glorieux
Photo: Image Base