Thursday, 27 October 2011

Things they do when they should be sleeping...


The daytime sleeping is not working out so well... I think they call this ransacking. We also get singing, fighting, laughing, scheming, fashion parades, bag stashing competitions, marathon 'reading' sessions, crying, yelling, deliberate ablutions, escape attempts and, occasionally, napping.

At this point in time, I am not sure if I would be better off ditching my efforts to continue the mid-day nap or soldiering on (and hoping they will reconnect with it).

They can't cope without their sleep (the arsenic hour is back) but when they do have one, they find it hard to fall asleep at night.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

How old was your child/ren when they dropped their last day sleep?

21 comments:

Amy said...

This is what my Mr 2.5 year's room looks like after his nap! It's like he just can't fall asleep until his room is a complete and utter mess.

It's a rough one!

Jo @Countrylifeexperiment said...

My older 2 were both just over 3 when they gave up their sleep - which coincided with them giving up their dummies for sleeping.
Even now, I tend to insist on an hour of reading on the bed, or a quiet similar activity during holidays and on weekends when we don't have anything else on. They really like it, and I need an hour of down time too!!!

Cathy said...

Mine were/are the same! I totally sympathise and I have no clue what the answer is! Mine were younger than 2 when they decided they no longer needed to sleep...was never lucky enough to have one of those children still taking naps at 4 years of age!

Kymmie said...

Are you in my house? Because that's exactly what happens here. I'm not sure if you can lock the doors (child-proof things are not Noah-proof it seems), or divide and conquer (each in a different bedroom), that might work. We separate the boys when they both have a sleep at the same time.

All the best - and yes, persist. I'd rather a happy child who's slept than the alternative!

xx

Mum on the Run said...

Hee hee.
Your timing is impeccable.
We've had a little ransacking action here this week too.
To persist or pike???
We've seen this phase before and it has come good - but I guess the end is nigh.
:-)

Yvonne said...

I can't remember when our oldest of the 3 stopped her day sleep, but our middle child stopped when she was 3. If she slept during the day even for 20 minutes, she would be up way too late at night. Without a day sleep, she's in bed at a decent time and I get my evening wine time back!

Erin said...

Mine have long given up before your twins' age. About 2, the reality is the more children you have the earlier they give up sleeping, there is too much they may miss out on.

Consider having tea earlier (or feeding just the twins earlier) and putting them to bed by 6pm.

Kate said...

Ahhh.....sleep....a subject close to my heart...haha! My eldest was younger than two...and I mourned! (I really did). I LOVED that breather in the day. My youngest has just ditched his naps (and he is 3). Though he had sleep apnoea & before he had his tonsils removed he was back in bed by 10:30 am!!! Life is better now. More hectic by day but we are finally starting to get better nights!

Good luck with your sleep challenges whatever you (or your kids) decide to do!!

Diminishing Lucy said...

We moved from sleep to rest time. Just to give me an hour of "peace". Harder with twins in the same room though...

An actual sleep happened once or twice a week. A rest on all the other days.

You have my empathy. This stage is not one thing or the other...

cjtato said...

I think my youngest was around 2.5 (maybe even a bit earlier). She still does occasionally have a nap but not very often and usually these are the nights she doesn't go straight to sleep.

Good luck. You've done well on getting them this far. A friend of mine with twins gave up when they were just over one because one of the twins refused to sleep and constantly woke the other up.

alliecat said...

Oh my. That mess has me all anxious now!

My eldest was close to 4 and my almost 3 year old still sleeps about 4 or 5 days a week, and without it for more than 2 days running she is a mess. So I am not the best person to ask here, as my kids have loved their day sleeps.

FWIW we call it 'a rest' with my littlie, as she always says doesn't want to sleep, although invariably does. So she has a rest which involves quiet playing or reading in her room, preferably on her bed so she can sleep if needs be. But it gives mummy some down time and her some quiet time. I think it's a great habit to get into for everyone, esp if there are younger siblings trying to sleep then too, the house is quiet for a little while and no need for telly.

danneromero said...

about 4.... oh, how i miss those nap days.... even now, them being way to old.... :D

Mama of 2 boys said...

I'm hearing you MM! It's a blessed juggling act. Angus dropped his precisely when Felix came home from the hospital (convenient), so he was 2.5
Felix is still having one day nap for approx 1.5 hours. Though, at daycare, he naps for anything up to 3 hours! Little monkey ;o)
Love that pic, I can almost feel the chaos reigning supreme. Party on! xo

Photographer Mum said...

Mr 3 still does but not every day and Mr 1 can go anywhere between 1-3hrs for his nap. Miss 4 still falls asleep in the car on the way home from preschool which then means she is up till all hours. I try to avoid letting them sleep during the day so they go to bed early. Maybe swap the naptime for quiet time elsewhere. I have just put on a movie for Mr 3 and its keeping him once and quiet. Works well here!

Denise Emanuel Clemen said...

The picture made me laugh. But I know it's not funny!

My older daughter napped until she was about 4. The younger one still napped in the car after kindergarten every day--maybe even first grade. But she was so active that she just wore herself out!

Early bedtimes are good, too. : )

Miss Pink said...

I am the mother other mothers hate. Bluey was still napping between an hour to two hours in January. Yep, right before he started school.
Greenie naps around 2-2.5 hours a day. I have no intentions of cutting out the nap. I PUSH the nap. Just those couple of hours in the middle of the day of silence are really needed for my sainity.
I say keep on with it. Maybe shorten the time you allow them to sleep, and how late it is (this may mean putting them down earlier for a bit to compensate for the "mucking around time").
If you find as they get older a nap isn't needed, that is when I introduced "rest time" and Bluey always had the option of laying in his bed if he wasn't tired, but he needed to do so quietly and could read a couple of books until I came in and told him it was ok to get up. If he mucked around we went back to "nap time" where he had to actually sleep.
My kids were in seperate rooms at the time, so I am sure that helped immensely without someone to "play" with.

sarah said...

almost three in our world...I found that if I arranged a little drive early afternoonish they got a mini nap and it didnt ruin bedtime - loving that my 14 month old has 3 hour day sleeps - am lapping it up while I can x

sarah said...

almost three in our world...I found that if I arranged a little drive early afternoonish they got a mini nap and it didnt ruin bedtime - loving that my 14 month old has 3 hour day sleeps - am lapping it up while I can x

Ms Kate said...

My boy was 2. My girl was 2 1/2.

Sarah said...

It's been 2 years since my youngest dropped his midday nap. I still miss it.

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

ahh afternoon naps, I adored that stage when I could plonk down for a little kip as well. We went through the ransacking stage with the twinnies. I think it was more entertaining to ransack your room when you have another partner in crime. Little Bloss dropped her arvo sleep at 2....sigh.

Good luck!

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