So our little Peanut has given up her regular naptime – yes, I am very well aware that we are fortunate that she has kept napping up until this point in time. About 2 months ago, I began to realize that she didn’t really need the nap and began to slowly implement the idea we used with Hudson. Rest time and quiet play time.
She goes to her room and I set her “pacifier” (she calls it that for some reason – it is her noise maker ;o) for 30 minutes. For those 30 minutes she stays in her bed and rests quietly. About 2x a week she will still fall asleep for about an hour; other times she sings or talks to her stuffed animals. After the waterfall stops, she comes to me and I tell her what time her clock will say after she has playtime in her room for 30 minutes. It has worked beautifully, and gives this expecting mama a few minutes to rest in the afternoons as well.
We had lunch together on our beautiful 73 degree day, complete with hot dogs, kiwi and cheese curls. (Which was apparently a hit, as one friend exclaimed, “You have kiwi, grapes, and cheese curls? Anna, this is the best party ever!”)
(modeling like Mermaids)
Anna had such a blast that it was no problem getting her to go down for her rest time because she wanted to start her next sticker chart – and she fell asleep for an hour and a half.