Thursday, July 19, 2012

Down to One Day Nap

For as long as I can remember, Charlotte and Daniel thrive on two naps per day (morning and early afternoon) and our schedule  as a family revolves around those crucial times because it makes our family life ‘easier’ - That is, we know what's going to happen and when it's going to happen.

When they nap, we savour the silence, take a little rest and catch up on household chores. For them, the rest is crucial for their developing bodies & minds and ensures that they are happy during the ‘witching hours’ leading up to bedtime.

About 1.5 weeks ago, their kindy teachers and I noticed that they were taking a longer time to settle for their morning nap and when they finally drifted off, they would only nap for 20 mins. After a few days of the same pattern, I made the decision for them to transition to one nap.

Today is the 6th day and the first three days were a little challenging as we all had to get used to the one day nap which also meant they were really tired (and cranky) by the time it was bed-time. I am delighted to report that with consistency and hints from them, it has certainly improved and worked for us all.

Here’s what their / our routine looks like – we replicate their meals and nap times with kindy too so that there is consistency:

Anytime between 6:00am – 7:00am
They wake up and watch an episode of Baby Einstein.
Crawl around and play with their toys quietly.

Morning Milk: 180ml of full-cream cow’s milk with 1 tsp of immunity booster powder.
Walk / crawl and play.

Breakfast usually consists of toast, scrambled eggs and fruit / toast and fruit / cereal and fruit (all depends on how hungry they are). Clean up breakfast mess.

Nappies and clothes get changed

8:30am – 10:30am
We are out and about. They may include a trip to the shops, walk to the park for a play, etc. Morning tea is given to them at about 9:30am. This may consist of corn thins, fruit, fruit toast, etc.

11:00am – 1:00pm
Nappies get changed if they are still awake before their nap.
If they are asleep, nappies are changed after they wake up.

1:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch time. This consists of a hot meal and dessert. If they are still hungry, they are given more food. Clean up lunch mess.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
An episode of Baby Einstein, cuddles, reading and play at home. Tidy up play mess.
Afternoon tea is given just before 3:00pm. This may consist of corn thins, fruit, cheese cubes, etc.

3:00pm – 4:15pm
Play in the park. Running amuck!

4:20pm – 5:00pm
Dinner time. This consists of finger foods on a plate - meat options, vegetable options and a small serve of carbohydrates. Dessert consists of fruit pieces. Clean up dinner mess.

5:00pm – 5:30pm
More playing and cleaning up.

5:30pm – 5:50pm
Bath time with daddy.

5:50pm – 6:00pm
Dry and change them into pyjamas.

6:00pm – 6:10pm
Bedtime Milk: 200ml full –cream cow’s milk.

6:10pm – 6:20pm
Cuddles and talk quietly about the day we’ve had.

6:20pm – 6:25pm
They are placed in their respective cots with their sleeping bags. We place our hands on their chest lightly and give them their dummies. We bid them good night and walk out of their room.

We have our dinner, catch our breathes and each other.

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