When our toddlers drop their nap!

20130715_145938Argghh! It comes to us all that day when our hour-plus ‘get things done, time is gone! Forever!!

Once you get used to the change in routine, spending all the live long day with your tot is actually quite nice, and not having to plan your life around naps anymore gives you the sweet taste of life to come. 😉

But, in the meantime, when our over-tired toddler decides to tantrum, wreck the place and generally turn into a little monster right when you need to do laundry/make dinner/sit down with a cuppa, it can be nightmarish. There is light at the end of the tunnel but boy can it seem a long tunnel. I have a few tips that have worked for me, and which might work for you.

During the day, 15-20 minutes after the usual nap time, sit or lie down cosily with a snack and drink! Read a few books/look through a photo album/watch television or have a chat, whatever works for you. Let it last as long as it can. If your toddler drops off, all well and good; if not, never mind.

To avoid the over-tired / refusing to eat / falling asleep face-down-in-plate stage, bring meal times forward half an hour – this is not forever, but it makes for a much more pleasant dining experience all round!

Follow suit by bringing bed time forward half an hour too – don’t worry that they will wake earlier.. they won’t! I know that we are loathe to do this as it is nice to have a bit of time in the evenings but remember – this is temporary!

In a couple of weeks you can gradually reinstate original meal and bedtimes, but keep up the chill during the day… I don’t think any of us grow out of that! 😀

Hope this is helpful!!

Thanks for reading

Aisling

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