We got lucky. I know a lot of parents out there are cursing the end of daylight savings time. But, at least this year, I think we lucked out.
We’re smack in the middle of the 2-to-1 nap conversion in my house, and (knock on wood, turn around three times and spit) it’s going OK. I’ve been limiting the morning nap so that they wake up no later than 10:15am, then making sure we get some run-around time before lunch. The afternoon nap has been going reasonably well. And, for extra good fortune, they’ve actually started sleeping later in the morning. While I used to hear them start to talk at 5:45, and maybe I could avoid getting them up until 6:30… last week there were even a few days that I didn’t pluck them from their cribs until nearly 7:45! Oh! The luxury!
What this also means is that, somewhat to my dismay, the plan to eliminate the morning nap was starting to work. With the combination of the later wake-up and my refusal to let them sleep later than 10:15, Daniel was starting to just skip the morning nap entirely. I still put him in his crib, and maybe he dozed a little, but mostly he had some semi-quiet time in the nice, dark bedroom. That’s fine, and I think he still needed at least that. But as last week progressed, even Rebecca skipped one of those AM naps. Luckily, they still did fine for the afternoon. I must say, though, I already missed what used to be a nice hour and a half of quiet in the morning for shower and blogging… sigh.
Then… fall back an hour. I went into this weekend with a plan, and I think that plan is working (again with the knocking and spitting). Obviously, the luxurious 7:30 became an earlier-but-not-unreasonable 6:30am wake up time. Aha, but I stuck to my clock-based nap schedule! So I have kept them up until nearly 9am (before the change I was forcing them to go down by 9:30), which is actually a net gain of about 30 minutes of awake time in the morning for them. So they’re going down a little later and are therefore a little more tired, and I still stick to my 10:15 rule for waking up. Have you gone cross-eyed yet from my convoluted description?
Anyways, the point is that falling back an hour gave me an opportunity to do just a little bit of shake-up, which is at least temporarily bringing back the morning nap. I don’t suspect it’ll work for that long, but my goal is to have them down to one nap by Christmas, so I think it might just work.
Quick. Turn around three times and spit on my behalf…
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