Nap Loss Anxiety: What Do You Do When Kids Stop Napping?
For pretty much his whole life, Liam has been an epic napper. Epic to the tune of a consistent 2-3 hours each afternoon and I looooove it. During the week, his napping means I get to maximize the amount of awake time we get to spend with him after work (his napping means he goes to bed a bit later than most, a huge plus in my book). On the weekends, naptime gives us a solid chunk of time to get things done without feeling like we’ve squandered family time. From cleaning to errands to workouts, naptime has provided cover and made all the craziness that needs to fit into the weekend of a busy working family feel much more doable.
Recently, I’ve seen signs that our days of consistent marathon naps may soon be coming to an end. It started with a random Wednesday where he inexplicably wouldn’t sleep at school. Then he did the same thing at home the following weekend. So far, napless days are still aberrations but still, the thought of losing those naps has me rattled.
Liam clearly isn’t ready to completely lose the nap—the days he has skirted the nap he has been a BEAR in the afternoon. And I’m certainly not ready to lose the nap, but I do want to make sure I’m ready to transition to life without a nap whenever the day may come (I’m still hoping high school?).
So parents, how do you deal when naptime looks like it might be in jeopardy? Do you still insist on quiet time? And, more pragmatically, how in the world do you deal with getting stuff done once kids stop napping for good?
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