We have two posts today for BFBN week, both on lack of sleep. Katrina from Mama’s Organized Chaos is talking about dropping naps altogether (my kids are napping until they leave for college, sooo, I don’t need to worry about that lol) and Kim from Team-Cartwright is writing about why it’s OK and perfectly normal for your kids to be awake in their beds after bedtime.
OK, I’m not at the point yet when my children have dropped their naps, although Theo is fairly close. It’s so hard to tell if your child is truly ready to drop naps, so this post gave me a lot to think about.
“Knowing when your child is ready to drop a nap can be difficult. Knowing when they are ready to drop the very last nap, can be a bit daunting.
Our children like to go through phases (sleep regressions) where they try and tell us they no longer need the nap. We have to be savvy enough parents to see through this and know whether or not they truly need a nap or not.
The good news, is that there are some general guidelines that you can follow on when to drop the last nap.
There are also some telltale signs to keep in mind, and behaviors that your toddler will exhibit (or not) if they are ready to drop the nap, versus just being stubborn and not wanting to sleep.
Things to consider when determining if your child is ready to drop to no naps:
First and foremost is to consider your child’s age. A 2 year old is not ready to stop napping. Odds are, your 3 year old is not ready to stop napping, although can be ready at this age. Typically it is not until age 4 that your child is truly ready to drop the nap all together.
So, if your child is 2 and it appears that they are dropping their last nap of the day, rethink this and give it time. They are most likely in a sleep regression.
Read the rest of Katrina’s post here: How to Know if Your Child is Ready to Drop to No Naps.
Next up, Kim from Team-Cartwright is writing about something I strongly believe in! People often tell me they can’t believe that my kids sleep for so long. The truth? I don’t think they’re really asleep for the entire time they’re in bed and I don’t care. I think the rest time is good for them for sooo many reasons, and Kim outlines them perfectly.
“Kids need time to wind down
I need time to wind down before bed, and I know my kids do too. However, my kids aren’t really great at creating that downtime for themselves. They love to play and run around. Our evenings are not exactly quiet. It would be a good idea for me to create a more soothing evening routine, but that is easier said than done. We love our evening play time! And sometimes it just isn’t feasible. Going to bed and getting to relax in the dark soothing quiet? That I can do every day. Keeping an early bedtime gives my kids that quiet awake time to settle into sleep without being awake too late. So if I hear my kids awake after bed I leave them alone to unwind.
It provides quality imagination time
That time when your child is laying down not doing anything but not asleep yet is a special time. Their minds can just be free. I hear Ben making up songs and stories, talking to himself about his day. This time before he falls asleep is special. His mind is free to imagine and create worlds of his own. That is a joy of childhood that I don’t want to take away from my children.”
Read the rest of Kim’s post here: 7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime
This entire week, the ladies of the BFBN are all blogging about sleep… our favorite topic! Here is the schedule below.
- Chronicles of a Babywise Mom: How to Solve Sleep Problems in Toddlers and Preschoolers – Monday
- Twin Mom and More: How to Establish Good Sleep Habits from Birth – Tuesday
- Let’s Be Brave: How To Transition To One Nap – Tuesday
- Mama’s Organized Chaos: How to Know if Your Child is Ready to Drop to No Naps – Wednesday
- Team Cartwright: 7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime – Wednesday
- Christine Keys: 5 Powerful Reasons Babywise is for All Kinds of Babies – Thursday
- Wiley Adventures: Thursday
- The Journey of Parenthood: How to Tell if You Have a High Sleep Needs or Low Sleep Needs Baby – Friday