Sunday, January 18, 2009

Naptime Is Coming Easily Now

Shaylee is finally getting into a nap time routine. Our previous method had been that she would sleep when she was tired or wanted to sleep which has in many occasions turned into passing out at 5 pm when her scheduled bedtime should be around 8:30pm, which totally threw her bedtime off. So we have been making a huge effort the past two weeks we have had her all to ourselves while G.G is recovering from her knee surgery to make sure she is in her (our) bed no later than 1:30 pm (although the average has been about 12:30) in a dimly lit room with soft music playing and not to have her nap extend past 2 1/2 hours from when she drifted off. We simply tell her that "it's time to rest our bodies so that it can grow." The word "nap" has always been so negative to her- it meant that she had to break from the fun and she was not having that! So by explaining to her that when we sleep or rest our bodies they grow big and strong so we have play more and run faster on the playground, it seems more positive. It's been working ever since! She even seems to be able to tell when nap time is getting close because now she tells us its time to rest her body. Nap times have been easy and Shaylee is a lot better behaved, less meltdowns in the evening, which has made things easier on everyone. I guess this is just another one of those things where Mommy (and Daddy of course) know best!

1 comment:

Neabear said...

That is a wonderful way to say it is time to nap instead of saying "nap". Glad to hear that is working for you guys.