Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Solution to the Afternoon Nap Boycott
Oh the afternoon nap. The blissful time when the kids go to bed and I can eat my lunch quietly while watching my guilty TV for 10 peaceful minutes (Bachelor, Real Housewives, etc. Yes, I need help, these shows are eating my brain). Then, after my 10 minutes of downtime, I get to work, and spend the next hour and a half frantically cleaning, doing emails, calling customers, etc. Unfortunately, Munchkin Girl has decided that sleeping is for losers (my words, not hers).
Several months ago she started only taking naps three or four times a week. Now it's down to 0 or 1. The problem is that not only do I really need that time, she also needs to have some quiet time or she's crabby later! It's no fun to have Daddy come home from work and have her whining all night. Plus, the more she cries, the more Little Buddy gets fussy too. So, I have vowed that she WILL go to her room for an hour. However, she doesn't seem to like this plan. For several weeks now we (the nanny and I, depending on the day) have fought her during "naptime". I tell her she MUST be quiet. We have a sticker program too and she does like to earn those stickers, but after awhile, she can't help herself, "Mommy!!!! I want to be awaaaaaaaaake!!!!"
Sometimes she even wakes up Little Buddy too so I really had to do something. My friend told me about a clock you can get that lights up blue when they are supposed to be sleeping and then yellow when it's time to wake up. There are lots of choices out there, but I did some research and found THE BEST PRODUCT EVER!!! You can configure it for however long you want. I did it for 1.5 hours. After some coaching on what we expected, she is now quiet (or moderately quiet. Sometimes she sings at the top of her lungs, but I figure that is playing by herself, right??) until the clock turns yellow. It's SOOO wonderful to know that I have a full 1.5 hour block in the afternoon even if she doesn't nap. You can set it to light up blue during night too. I chose 7:30pm-7:30am. Then at 7:30am, it changes to yellow. That's really great too because she used to wake up around 6:00, right while I was in the shower. Now she plays until 7:30 and as soon as it turns yellow, "Mommy, it's yellow, good moooorning!!!
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