How To Rock Toddler Naptime
I don’t know about you but I love nap time. I have honestly napped with my toddler almost everyday since she was born. I know a lot of people say they are too busy for a nap and that they spend naptime catching up on daily tasks, but I make naptime a priority.
The fact that I’m a stay at home mom does make it easier to find time to nap. During the week my older girls are in school so the house is naturally quiet but on weekends my family has “mandatory” rest time. During that time my husband either naps or watches a show and my older girls can play, read, watch a show or nap. I personally find that taking a nap, even thirty minutes makes me a better mom.
Even if you don’t have time to nap with your little one you can still rock naptime.
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Here’s how we do it!
My kids and I have to wake up at 5am on weekdays for school, which makes my toddlers nap a little earlier than it used to be. Around 11am we eat lunch and wind down by reading some books or watching a show. A few of my toddlers favorite books are Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, Everyone Loves Mickey, Animals and The Whale In My Swimming Pool.
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From there we head upstairs and get a dry diaper. I recently started using these diapers and love them. I had heard great things about them and seen all their cute prints and finally decided to try them. I’m glad I did, if you haven’t tried them yet I would highly recommend them. One of the best things about them is that you can have them delivered to your home! At this point in the day the diaper change can go either way, either she cooperates or fights it. We’ve all been there, the rolling and kicking toddler with a dirty diaper! It’s like trying to wrestle an alligator with a poopy diaper!!! For the times that she fights it I try to keep a toy and pacifier on hand. I don’t have a changing table and never have so diaper changes can happen anywhere. If I don’t have a toy or something to distract her I bust out the old Wheels On The Bus song. Maybe it’s the song that she likes or how ridiculous I sound singing it. I know she’s getting too old for a pacifier but since we just moved into a new house and her life has changed so much already, we are waiting to retire the pacifier. The toys I had on hand today were her stuffed Dory and her Trolls microphone. All of my girls love Trolls! Let’s face it we mom’s like watching it too.
After my little one gets her diaper change we head to my bed. I should mention that I’m a huge fan of co-sleeping. While I know co-sleeping doesn’t work for everyone, it works great for us. You can see my post about co-sleeping here. She gets laid down and covered with her favorite blanket then I snuggle her. Seriously, it takes about five minutes for her to fall asleep!
I usually spend the first few minutes of naptime thinking about what I have to do later that day then switch to thinking about blogging. I come up with my best blog post ideas right before naptime. Our nap usually lasts around an hour, which is just enough time.
Well, that’s how we rock toddler naptime. How does naptime in your house work? Do you nap with you little one?
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Written by: Devon Bernthal