Friday, November 5, 2010

Nap Snatcher

I would love to know who stole my daughter's long nap?  Well relatively long.  Long for her I should say.  We all know that Isabella has a lot better things to do than making nap time easy for her mom.  Nap time however is non-negotiable in this house.  I think I've read too many books that say if your kid isn't napping X amount of hours a day s/he will turn into some sort of sleep deprived sociopath with ADHD and bad breath.

So I've come along way in the nap department (oh and I realize that about half of you just clicked the little x on the top of the screen because, sleep habits? Again? Really?).  I went from her napping in my arms, to rocking her and putting her in her crib, to her sleeping on her own.  But she goes through weird nap phases.  She'll take really good naps for like 3 weeks.  A good nap means minimal crying, sleeping at least an hour (which is good for her and if your toddler sleeps longer than that you can keep it to yourself mkay?), and she doesn't wake up like a screaming banshee.  I'm not even setting the bar that high, let's say 2 out of the 3 is good with me.  However, she'll have a random week thrown in here or there where she screams bloody murder before her nap, naps for 40 minutes, and wakes up like some sort of swamp monster.

This is one of those weeks. I can't think of anything I can do to help this kid nap better.  I have room darkening shades, we have the same routine every day, I use a white noise machine.  Aside from taking the nap for her, there's nothing I can do.  I just wish I had a little perspective on why she's so inconsistent.  All I know is that I'm not ready to give up my mid day siesta until she's at least two and a half so it looks like I'm in for quite a bit more nap troubles.  And sadly, dear readers, I'm dragging you kicking and screaming along for the ride.
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misssrobin said...

It might have to do with growth phases. As a child prepares for a growth spurt they eat more and sleep more. When this growth spurt is finished, they just don't need the same amount of sleep -- no matter how much you want them to.

In my experience, you need to be careful going with what the books say about how your child should be. They are each different. When we get locked into expectations because that's what a book says, we are only setting ourselves up for frustration.

Your daughter doesn't refuse to sleep because she's trying to annoy you. All she can do is what her body tells her. She just doesn't have the ability to control herself that much yet.

I know this doesn't help you get her to sleep longer, but maybe it will help with some perspective. We all have individual sleep needs -- even babies.

Angelia Sims Hardy said...

It's so strange how the phase of the moon seems to throw them off shelter. The only think I can think of is maybe she is cutting teeth? And that's keeping her up.

I hope it gets better soon. :-)

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