Nap time can be a magical time of imagination and quiet relaxation.
Not just for yourself, but for your little one as well!
But what happens when your child outgrows Nap Time?
Is it time to say…
No More Naps!
My son, Logan, has had a fairly steady nap time since he turned two.
Right after lunch it was time for him to hit the pillow.
A little after turning three, getting him to lay down for nap time wasn’t very hard. He’d spend all morning playing and wearing himself out, but I began to notice an issue with getting him to sleep at night!
He just wasn’t very tired at his normal bed time.
Unfortunately, it took a few weeks to figure out just WHY Logan seemed so determined to not go to bed at night.
Determining the Problem!
One day, after one of our park visits, we got home a little later than normal and I decided to skip nap time and let him stay up.
Logan was SUPER excited! He had recently turned four at this point.
We ended up relaxing on the sofa and watching one of his favorite movies.
The rest of the day went as normal up until bed time when Logan actually climbed in bed himself a whole TWENTY minutes before he would have been tucked in.
It was time to experiment now!
The next day, we allowed Logan to once again skip nap time and when bed time came, getting him to bed was a breeze!
Nap Time No More!
From that point on we made it official and told Logan he would no longer HAVE to take a Nap during the day. Unless he was actually tired of course.
He was practically dancing for joy!
Every once and a while, he’d have to take a nap during the day still. Sometimes he’d wake up at 4 am. Some days where just crazy busy days and would have him out cold in the car.
Most days, he was more than happy to stay up while his little sister would still take a nap.
Zoey, Logan’s little sister, is only one and still has quite a lot of Nap Times to go. Luckily, Logan has shown us the signs to look for when she will be ready to say…
No More Naps!
Every child is different and it’s up to you as a parent to determine just when to call it quits on Nap Time!
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