Every Saturday I bring you a parenting mistake my husband and I have made. Please have a laugh or cry at our expense — we really are good parents, I swear.
As Nora reaches another milestone, moving from toddler to preschooler, her napping schedule is in flux. I’ve realized that offering her options related to naps is proving problematic. About a month ago I offered her the choice of napping in her bed or on the couch in the living room. She chose the living room and squirmed and chattered for an hour and half without so much as a yawn. Lesson learned. I limited her options for nap locale to her bed or our bed. Things were going okay until Tuesday, when she had that horrible cough and opted to nap in our bed. Problem being, the humidifier (a great anti-cough invention) was set up in her room. It took her quite awhile for her to settle down and fall asleep. After about 10 minutes, she coughed herself awake — very awake. A sick and over-tired almost three-year-old is one of the more trying creatures on the planet.
My new approach will involve recreating our bedtime routine for nap time — no choices incorporated. I understand her nap needs may be changing, but it’s painfully obvious a nap is still a necessity.