Ask the Moms: Are You Productive During Nap Time?

If you’re a mom, you probably love nap time. A guaranteed time of silence!

Are you productive during nap time? Do you get all your chores done, cook dinner, pay bills and exercise? Or do you relax and watch TV and play on the internet? Do you take a shower or a nap?

I try to do a little bit of both, and for me it really depends on the day.

There was a time a few months back, when Lucas was a horrible napper. He would nap whenever the heck he pleased in 30 minute inrements, which is pretty much nothing. I was going insane beause it seemed like as soon as I got him to sleep, went pee and sat down, he was ready to get up! I got virtually nothing done during those times. Then, on the rare occassion that he napped for a longer period of time, I too often would sit and wonder he’s still sleeping! What do I do? I have too many options now! I could nap or cook or clean or blog or read or watch television or write a thank you note or I could just sit here and stare at the wall.

Lucas at 5 months. I have so many pictures of him sleeping!

The past couple weeks he has been doing much better with his naps and they have been at more consistent times. I’m trying to be as productive as possible, because usually naps are the only time I get to myself.

I don’t know what it is, or if it’s normal or not, but I am more productive when my son is up and awake. I can clean and do whatever while he’s playing on the floor but as soon as he naps I suddenly become lazy myself and all I want to do is lay on the couch!

What do you guys do? Do you give yourself a little schedule during nap times so you’re productive? Do you use it as a time to relax or more of as a time to get things done? I would also love to hear what your nap schedules are! Right now Lucas naps around 10am and again around 1:30 or 2:00. What do your little ones do?

If you’re reading this while your baby is napping you must tell me! πŸ™‚

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

34 thoughts on “Ask the Moms: Are You Productive During Nap Time?

  1. I'm reading this while my baby is napping! I usually do a little of everything during my babes naps. but mostly i relax. ideally i would read or journal but that rarely happens.

  2. Both my kids are napping and i'm on the net. So much for my NY resolution to get more done during nap time, but I am exhausted and just want to relax when it's quiet. I feel guilty all the time tho, but then i think that if i get up and try to do stuff, I might make noise and wake them up – and that wouldn't be good.

  3. It's after 9PM in Germany- so I was reading while they're down for the night! πŸ™‚
    I'm lazy at nap time. I hope to find some motivation and use nap time to fold and put away clothes, and clean the kitchen to prep for dinner.
    We'll see!

  4. Forgot to mention that Cade (1 yr. old) is trying to switch from 2 naps a day to just 1… he's in the habit of napping from 11:30 until 2:30.
    Austin (almost 3) is put in bed around 1. If he sleeps, he naps till 3. If he decides not to sleep, he must play quietly in his room for at least an hour.

  5. Honestly, I do both.
    It just depends on what really needs to be done that day or if it can wait til later. I have four kids 6,4,2,and 5mths old. My 6 yrs old goes to afternoon K, my 4 yrold goes to morning pre-K and my 2 yr old stays home all day with me. If I get to rest I am considering myself pretty lucky that day.
    As for right now, My baby is asleep. the other three are watching a movie. Me, I get a little break and am on the computer.
    What a day it has been all ready!

  6. My Lucas is a horrible sleeper too, and to be honest, I have been holding him for naps the past couple of weeks. In his crib (after the whole process of getting him down) he will sleep for 40 minutes on the dot. In my arms, he will open his eyes at 40 minutes on the dot, but immediately close them and sleep for another 40 minutes. He is SO much happier then! Since I was using his naptime for computer use anyway (some work, some pleasure), I decided that I might as well just hold him. I know, I know, this has to change and soon! In an ideal world, I would shower, get ready for the day, and have internet time during his morning nap and get some housework or dinner prep done during his afternoon nap. We co-sleep most of the night, so I really need to work on his nap habits so he does not become totally reliant on being with me to sleep.

  7. I figure I can always clean while my kids are awake (well, maybe except mopping the floors!), so I use their school time (no more nap time in my house) to exercise, read blogs, blog myself, facebook, chat on the phone, watch my soap πŸ™‚ Its definitely ME time!

  8. I am reading this while my boys are sleeping =o)

    When I had just one chid and he took 2 naps a day I would use the first one to exercise and the second one to pay bills/surf the net and relax.

    Right now my 7 month old sleeps from 10-11:30 and 2-3:30. We're still working on sleeping for the full hour and a half but we're getting there! When he sleeps in the morning I usually clean and spend time with my oldest. My two year old sleeps from 1:30 to 4ish.

    When they both sleep in the afternoon I pay bills, make phone calls, prep dinner, check my email/google reader, and blog. Sometimes I work out (hoping to do this more…) and other days I sit on the couch with a book or even sneak in a nap with my youngest sometimes.!

  9. The baby is on a similar nap schedule; however, the other 3 don't nap. So I work around their schedules and the routine of the day to carve out time here & there. I also sometimes will lay down during the quiet time (time when everyone has to be quiet but not necessarily nap) with anyone who is also laying down. It really depends on the day.

    When I only had my first I would try to be productive, now I wish I would have just taken the time to rest.

  10. my 19 mo. old takes one nap from 11am to anywhere from 1 to 2pm. I usually get a couple things done first, then nap about a half hour, then I have time to do a few more things before she gets up.

    I feel like her nap time is my break time. At a 9-5 job you get a lunch hour, right? So that's my lunch hour…I never feel bad if I don't do anything while she naps because it's my time. MY TIME!! I get so little of that, I'll be greedy as I want to be when I finally do get some!

  11. I don't know why, but sometimes I feel guilty when I do nothing during nap time. But you guys are right, it is OUR time. I never looked at it that way I guess.

    Amber, that is such a good point. I never looked at it that way!

    I think I'm going to spend more time relaxing and enjoying myself instead of feeling guilty for not doing anything!

    See? What would I do without you guys?! πŸ™‚

  12. I intentionaly have harv on a one nap a day schedule, he usually goes down around 1:30 or 2. during that time i usually sew for a little while or blog and then i try to lay down for atleast 30 or 45 minutues. i use to not nap myself but now that i'm getting closer to my 3rd trimester i need the nap or i'm wipped out.

  13. I try to get things done while both kids nap but sometimes I cave. My husband is a stay at home dad and I know some days he plays around on the net while the kids nap and some days he gets stuff done. It all just depends on what needs to get done.

    Personally I love the cuddle time I can get when she naps on my chest. Its also a great reason to nap myself since she will normally put me to sleep!

  14. I used to do all my housework during naptime. No more! Now I have learned to relax.

    My boys are 21 months old (on Sunday) and are down to one nap a day, usually from 1 to 3 or sometimes if I'm lucky 4.

    I try to get my cleaning done on Friday nights (DH works nights) so then on Saturdays and Sundays nap time is all mine. In the winter I usually just veg out on the couch, watch TV and read blogs. Summer time though is much busier with yard work and all so not much vegging then. That's why I am learning to love winter because I have less to do πŸ™‚

    Oh, and I'm reading this now, while the boys are asleep. It's not nap time, it's bed time.

  15. I do some of both…depending on how my morning has gone. The days that little man is ill and cranky, nap times usually involve me plopping down and doing nothing but watching TV or blogging. [Or the really cranky days, I eat. Because those days I don't even get breakfast] On the days that go ok, I try my hardest to get something accomplished. Whether it be cleaning my kitchen or tackling a really big chore.

  16. My baby Caleb is the exact way Lucas was…now! He naps in those little 30 minute micro nap things! Seriously, I have just decided to do the things I get done at night after he goes down for his big sleep (9-12am) My hubby doesn't get home until 9pm so it's a LONG day! But I love him so much and I have just decided to let that be our schedule and get things done when he's really asleep πŸ™‚

    I've got his sleep cycle down pretty well, he can only be awake for about 60-90 minutes, then he needs a recharge. He wakes up, I feed him, he gets a diaper change, plays and then we read books, etc…then after about an hour or so of all that it's time to lay down and have quiet time and fall asleep. We co-sleep so I lay down with him and nurse him down each time. He LOVES this time together, he gets giddy with excitement to snuggle together and fall asleep…it's so cute. However, once I sneak away after he has fallen asleep I only have 30 minutes (Maximum) to do whatever (go potty! shower! eat!)

    But, if I stay laying next to my sweet boy and fall asleep myself, he will sleep for 3 hours (and so will I)! Guess he just needs his mama! πŸ™‚

  17. I wish I was more productive during nap time! I always end up 1-eating and 2-on the computer.

    Jordan naps (roughly) for an hour and a half starting around 10 a.m. and usually around 3 or 4 for an hour or so. Sometimes things get messed up and he'll only take one nap, starting later, around noon or one. We've been running around a lot, so schedule's been off. Same for bed time. Was 7:30 on the dot. Lately it's been as late as 9. Darn holidays!

  18. It's 9pm and my lil man is down fo the night. He takes a nap at 8:30, 11:30, and 2:30 and usually last for almost an 1 1/2hrs. He'll sometimes doze off for a little bit around 5:30. Overall, he sleeps for about 5 hours total during the day. He loves sleep and I'm sure not going to argue with the boy πŸ™‚ I break things up while he's napping. I had to make a “chore list” and do different things on different days. No, I'm not anal, it's the only way I could figure things out w/out feeling overwhelmed. Or gym, blog, etc. πŸ™‚

  19. With three little ones at home with me (the oldest is in 1st grade), it is very challenging to get much of anything done while they're awake, so I have to be productive during naptime or I have a VERY long to-do list after they go to bed. Blog, clean, exercise, shower, etc, etc. On a rare occasion, I sit and watch TV, and on a VERY rare occasion, I try to nap. But those times are few and far between. My oldest doesn't nap anymore (but “rest times” or letting her watch a movie helps TREMENDOUSLY), but I finally have the three youngest on almost the same schedule (baby just turned one and twins are 2 yrs, 3 months)… this is approximate, the actual times vary, but the length of time usually does not. Up around 7am, nap around 12-2:30pm, bedtime around 7:30pm. They're generally up five hours morning and night, with a 2-3 hr nap in the middle of the day.

  20. Hmmm a bit of both. Depends on the day, like you said. There are things I either can't get done or they would be hard to do with the kids awake with me, but there are things I can't do when they're asleep! Stinks how it works like that, huh? I do some computer “me” time while they're up and DD is happily playing. Etc. Etc. Etc.

    The only time I end up feeling guilty is when I'm wanting to go to bed and I realize I didn't get everything done that I wanted to do but did spend more time on the computer than I intended.

    The last two weeks I've been using nap time as my exercise time. =)

  21. I'm reading this while my little one naps! : )

    I typically choose eating, television or internet over being productive during nap time.

    Brady just started walking. I have a funny feeling that I won't be able to get as much done while he is awake now : )

  22. My daughter is going to be 3 in February, and still takes a daily nap. I have a 5 year old that doesn't nap, so the first thing I do after I put my daughter down for her nap, is do something with him for a few minutes. We usually read a few books or play a game. Then, he runs off to play in his room for a while, so I can get a few things done. I usually take some time for myself to read or go online for a bit, and then spend the rest of the time cleaning.

  23. My kids nap every day for about 2 hours, although the 3yo is phasing out of naps. I rarely every rest during their naps. I clean, I blog, I research, I scrapbook, I am always doing something. Although, I rarely ever just sit – nap time or not. It's my downfall, I guess you could say.

    However, don't feel guilty for resting during his nap time! You deserve it!

  24. We used to have a schedule, but then Darah decided that was for the birds! So she's doing the frequent 30 minute nap thing now, too.

    I keep a hard core to do list, and at the same time I work hard to make peace with the fact that I may only get a few things checked off. But when she's done, I run to the list and get cracking so that I can at least attempt to accomplish something off the list before she gets back up.

  25. My daughter is 18 months and we have been on one nap for about four months. She usually naps from 12:30 or 1 PM until about 3:30 or 4 PM. I try to get some of my cleaning done but usually that is my time to relax or do Internet stuff, including bills and my volunteer/HOA responsibilities. Sometimes I bring the baby monitor to my neighbor's house so she can listen out for her while I run to the store. My neighbor comes over if she wakes up before I get back. During the Spring or summer, I can bring the monitor outside with me while I do yard work or read a magazine in the sun.

    Before we were on one nap, my daughter was on the common four hour schedule: naps at 10 and 2. Here's what we did: wake at 8 AM eat, play time, and then nap at 10 AM. She would sleep for about two hours, wake, eat lunch and play until her next nap at about 2 PM.

    When she was younger and still needed that third catnap it was usually around 6 PM for about 30-45 min. Bedtime is always at 8 PM.
    I loved going down to one nap because I felt like I had more freedom throughout the day to go and do things without totally screwing up her nap schedule.

  26. My 14-month-old DD will take a 45 min. nap an hour after getting up in the morning (so about 8am), then a 1-2 hour nap around 1pm, then another hour long nap at 5pm.

    Except that I'm working during all of that except the 5pm one! It sucks. So instead of relaxing or taking a nap with her (which I desparately need–I'm also pregnant!), I spend the 5pm one either driving her home from Grandma-baby sitter, or I spend it trying to get dinner around. 😦 No Internet or sitting down allowed here. Boo.

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