Well, it’s time to confess that my almost three-year old’s naps are pretty much over. I was so proud that we were able to bring them back after some struggles at two and a half, but that only lasted for a few months before we went into total “I don’t want to nap AT ALL” mode. Luckily, a dear friend shared her experience of “catch-up naps” with me, and that seems to be working for us, creating a delicate balance whereby Logan gets just enough sleep not to break down completely at the end of each day (thank you, Rattana). After two or three days of no naps, Logan is totally exhausted. Enter the catch-up nap. He is able to fully refresh for another couple of days without naps until he needs another catch-up nap. On the days when he doesn’t nap, he’s generally asleep by 7pm (a nice, new early bed time). On the days he does nap, we struggle to get him down by 8pm, but I’ve at least had some sort of a big break during the day. It’s not perfect, but it’s a good transition solution – *just* enough rest for Logan, *just* enough of a break for mama.
I always try to pass on good sleeping tips when I get them, because as a mom to two high energy children who don’t much care for sleep, I take good sleep advice whenever I can get it! So, to all of you out there who are struggling/will struggle with the early dropped nap, try Rattana’s advice. The catch-up nap is a good balance for little ones and parents alike.