How falling back saved the morning nap… for now

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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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While my kids are sleeping, you can also find me powering through NaBloPoMo at the newly redesigned and relocated Goddess in Progress.

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5 thoughts on “How falling back saved the morning nap… for now”

  1. Thanks to the “fall back” my kids now go to bed at 7 pm but that means I try to be asleep by 10 pm. Last night they slept for almost 8 hours!! I was totally confused by the time change though and got up at 2:30 am and made their bottles. They sat on my dresser until about 4:30 am. I forgot which way the clock turned. Hee!

  2. Aren’t you excited about being past this whole transition??? I was so glad when they finally went to one nap and we were done with worrying about it.

    Now of course I worry about when Alex is going to drop naps completely, but for now, keeping them separated is working like a charm.

  3. I was so excited to see that we made it through the time change unscathed. Up until a couple of weeks ago the twins were going to bed at 10pm and waking up between 6-6:30am every day. Then something happened. I’m not sure what, but a couple of weeks ago, even though I was putting them down at the same time, they wouldn’t fall asleep until 11pm or some nights closer to midnight. This meant they were sleeping in until almost 8:30 every morning. With the time change they are now going to sleep by 10:30 and waking up at 7:30. Perfect. Let’s hope it stays that way.

  4. Hi,
    I am new here. I have been looking over the topics for the last couple of weeks and I am so glad to have the insight of other MOM. I’m not sure where the best place is to post questions, but I would love some help.

    I am a first time mom to 5 1/5 month old B/G twins- Max and Maya. The babies are breastfeed all day and then given a bottle of formula, just to top them off, before they go to bed at night. The babies had been pretty good sleepers. At about 3 1/2 months they would sleep from 8pm-5am with out waking to eat. They also napped well, usually staying awake for about an hour and a half at a time and then sleeping for an hour and half.

    In the last month and half things have changed. The babies no longer sleep the whole night, we are lucky when they make it 6 hours straight before one or the other is screaming. So, I get up and feed them (if one is still asleep I will wake him/her to try and keep them on the same schedule), then sometimes not even three hours later they are wake and screaming again.

    Also, nap time had become pretty crazy. They will often wake after only 45 mins and I am not able to put them back to sleep. I’ve tired keeping them awake longer but still the babies don’t nap long and they wake up fussy.

    The most difficult recent development is that the babies are much more fussy during their wake time. My assumption is that they are fussy because they are tired, but maybe there is something that I am missing. I thought the babies would increase their night time sleeping length- not shorten it the older they got.

    I try to keep the babies on the same schedule, but often days pass where I have not had more than 30 mins with both babies asleep at the same time. I am worn out and tried due to lack of sleep and the frustration of worrying about fussy babies.

    Thank you so much,
    Alisa

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