I'll admit it, I was dreading dropping the morning nap for purely selfish reasons. I wanted my time, and I wanted it at least twice a day. But as the afternoon nap became less and less of an assurance and more and more of a frustration, I knew it was time. If you read my monthly updates on Eli, you'll remember that I attempted to drop the morning nap around 15 months. When it was pretty much an utter failure, we went back to it at 16 months, then at 17 months, he was sort of forced into dropping it due to traveling and just plain being busy. But by this month (18 months next week!) the morning nap has been completely obliterated and it's no question that Eli will just take one nap around 1 p.m. each day.
For you mommas that are staring down the pipe of dropping the morning nap, I wish I had more advice for you, but really I got nothing. There are plenty of resources online if you just search "toddler, dropping the morning nap" or something similar.
BUT I do have some good news for you: CRIB TIME.
I normally try to steer away from too many posts/details on the practical side of raising babies and toddlers. I just feel like it's such a personal choice depending on personality and family dynamics that I'm an advocate of just doing what's best for you - it's not gonna matter in the long run. And neither will this. But oh goodness, it was just too good not to share with you all.
I started it with Eli last week and I have to say it's the most genius thing ever created by a parenting expert. Essentially, it's teaching kiddos independent play by giving them anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour of playing alone in their crib. I'd heard about it from a few moms and knew I'd want to do it, but it took a while for me to feel confident that Eli wouldn't just fall asleep during it.
Songs for Saplings (Free!) or Rain for Roots (Easy on the ears for adults.) and then I leave and shut the door. Right now, he can go about 20-35 minutes, and we're slowly working our way up to an hour. I always know he's done because all the toys get thrown out of the crib followed by lots of fussing. (I try to get up there as fast as I can to keep it a positive experience.)
I know you can survive without a video monitor, but lemme tell ya, this is the best time ever to have one. I loved watching him read his books and play with his trucks. It was genius the stuff he was coming up with. He did quite a bit of dancing and singing too, which was hands down my favorite part. I sent that pic up there to Mike on the very first day we attempted it. Eli read his books for probably the first 20 minutes of it!
Plus, an unexpected bonus is that it sorta resets Eli. Since he wakes around 8 a.m., I try to do crib time around 10 a.m., since often that's when he's getting a little clingy and wants me to entertain him more. But I've found when I give him crib time, he always comes out quite a bit happier.
I found this article an awesome resource for why and how to introduce it to your child and what to expect, depending on their age/personality. Check it out if you'd like to do it too.
Anyone else do this? How has it gone for you?
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