So, you know how textbook babies typically take 2-3 naps a day? A morning nap, afternoon nap, and maybe even a late afternoon nap depending on how long their naps are and what time they go to bed. Lucas took two naps until he was about one; a morning nap around 10am and an afternoon nap around 2 or 3pm. Well, my second born is proving to be a little bit more difficult.
I know this is normal. Some kids are better sleeper’s than others. Some just don’t sleep much at all. I get that, that’s fine. This post isn’t really about me complaining about his lack of sleeping during the day, because honestly, I’m so busy with Lucas that I don’t notice it too much. I would more just love to get ideas on how I can get him to sleep and into a schedule during the day better. Because, I feel like he needs to sleep during the day. Taking naps is good for you. It gives you a strong brain. (right?!) And, I think if he slept better during the day, he might sleep better at night.
I am thinking, that maybe if he was on more of a schedule, he would nap and sleep better. You know, same time every day you take a nap type of thing, just like bedtime is every night at 7pm. My thing is, it’s really hard for me to put him down for a nap because of Lucas. I can’t just lay Joshua down and say “night night.” I have to either lay with him for a while– a long while– or rock him or something of that nature. It takes usually 20-30 minutes to get him to sleep. If I spend too much time away from my toddler, he gets into trouble, like putting toys in the floor vent…
or he gets into the refrigerator and eats three yogurts in five minutes.
Right now, I have no schedule with Joshua. Lucas has one- he naps around 12-1pm and goes to bed at 7/7:30pm. But Joshua does whatever, whenever. As I type this it’s 9pm and he’s laying in bed beside me giggling and talking about this cute girl he saw at the park today and playing with his blanket. He has slept a total of one hour all day today, some in the car and the other in the carrier during a walk.
Please, all you smart mamas with children who have babies who glorious sleep on a perfectly made schedule every day, during which you sip tea and read your latest romance book and then spend the remaining time mopping the floor and cooking 3 1/2 course meals for your family of five, please tell me what you think I should do about his napping schedule situation. Or, if you think I should do nothing at all and just keep going with the flow of crazy chaos like we’ve been doing.
What are the secret tips for getting a baby to sleep when you have a busy toddler running around the house? I have been putting Lucas in the “high chair” and letting him watch a short movie while he eats a snack, which works sometimes, because he is quite and I know exactly where he’s at. But it doesn’t always work, and I think I need more options.
Oh, and even if you don’t have babes who sleep on a schedule or spend time mopping or cooking 3 1/2 course meals, I would still love to hear from you. 🙂