How to find downtime when your kid won't nap
The religion all parents practice: the Worship of the Nap. Naptime equals quiet time, get-things-done time, you time. But what do you do if your kid doesn't nap? Or "catnaps" in short intervals?
I had one of those. My son napped for 30 minutes per day when he was little. Perhaps we made rookie mistakes about helping him "put himself to sleep," but the kid just had a hard time of it. Which means, so did I.
And so does Sabrina. On Twitter:
Oh, I feel your pain, Sabrina. Those are crazymaking days. Back then, the stroller was my best friend. Rain or shine I'd plop Luke into the stroller, walk, and make calls on my cell phone. Or I'd time a long drive to occur right around naptime, then park and read a book.
Parenthackers responded to Sabrina's plea:
- take a drive
- take a walk with the stroller
- pop in a video (or record a show or two), make sure your child is seated safely, and nap while he watches
- bring him into the bedroom and let him play quietly with "calm" toys while you rest
- get a babysitter!
- alternately, arrange a babysitting swap so you can have kid-free time at home
How do you find some downtime when your baby or toddler doesn't nap?
Thank you to @CibaArthur, @hilaryfoster, @jodaleg, @rscfp, @munsonsmith, @mommyenfrance, @monben and @rozanna_niatzi for your responses. Jump in the conversation or ask your own question: follow @parenthacks on Twitter and/or "like" the Parent Hacks Facebook page.