As most parents of toddlers will know, this daytime nap is essential for keeping everyone sane! It gives exhausted parents a bit of a breather, a chance to have a coffee and restore the house to some sort of order (which is often destroyed five minutes after said child or children wake up!). And it ensures that tantrums are reduced (well sometimes) during the afternoon. The daytime nap is even more vital when you’ve got twins!
A couple of weeks ago it became clear that the daytime nap was no longer to be! You can imagine my dismay at this.
We’d put the twins to bed at 7pm as usual. Only they decided that they 10pm was actually a more sensible time for sleeping. Not great!
As much as I love the couple of hours peace that the daytime nap brings, evenings are sacred! I work part-time, so evenings are often spent cooking, catching up on house work and having some quality time with Simon.
So, it was decided that from that day on the daytime nap had to go (sob)!
Since then, we’ve had no issues at bedtime and it’s actually not been too bad. They occasionally nod off in the car or buggy, but as long as they don’t have any longer than 20 mins, we’re safe! One of the positives is that it gives us more freedom to go out in the day. We found that we’d often work around the nap, but we no longer have to worry about that anymore.
We occasionally have the odd day (today being one of them) where they wake early (5.30am) and then are absolute monsters come 5pm! I’ve spent the last couple of hours dealing with silly tantrums and trying everything to ensure they stay awake until bedtime (not fun)!
So, as much as I dreaded the arrival of the day when the daytime nap was no more, it hasn’t been quite as bad as anticipated!