The time has come. I have banned naps. My daughter is two and I am no longer allowing her to nap during the day.
I’m struggling to hold it all together. The house is a mess. We have no clean clothes. The few clean clothes that we do have live on the floor, I’m not sure when I’ll ever get time to put them away.
Time for tea, but wait, where are the clean plates? There are none.
Daddy comes home and moans that I’ve been home all day and got nothing done.
I’m sad that we’ve banned naps. Naps were my time, now I have no time.
We must be crazy! Stopping our toddlers naps, why would we inflict that on ourselves? You see we like free time in the evenings, and we also like sleep, preferably without a toddler in between us.
If we allow daytime naps our toddler will not sleep. Just the other day I gave into temptation. I knew that I shouldn’t have, but it has been so hot and she looked so tired and I had so much to do.
What harm can a small half hour nap do after all? A lot, it transpires.
You see our daughter has learnt to climb out of her bed. She has only previously attempted it in the mornings when she wakes up, climbs out of bed and pitter patters across the room into our bedroom. It’s cute and makes us smile in the mornings.
After a daytime nap it isn’t so cute. As she had napped during the day I let her have a later bedtime, 8pm. I gave her milk, read her a book and put her to bed. I settled down for a rare night off, a night of watching The Walking Dead.
Then, bang, pitter patter, ROOOAAAARRRR MAMMY!
My toddler had escaped her bedroom and decided to join me in the living room. This carried on until midnight and is exactly why daytime naps are banned.
I am sorry my darling toddler, we aren’t stopping your naps to be mean, we’re stopping them because we need time, just us, and you need to sleep.