This napping business? Is KILLING me. Kalena has officially moved to one nap a day. And you know when that nap happens? 9 am. OR EARLIER. If it’s a good day she’ll sleep for 2 hours. Most days she’ll sleep for an hour to an hour and a half. On bad days we get a whole 25 minutes. But no matter how long or what time, this is the ONLY nap. Which means even on the best of days she’s awake from 11 am until 7 pm. And people? That is TOO LONG. She starts getting tired again around 1 pm, but that doesn’t mean she’ll go back to sleep.
I have tried: putting her down when she very first gets tired
letting her stay up longer to try to wear her out
letting her cry (checking on her every 10 or 15 minutes) for up to an hour
None of this works. And before you tell me to try to move the morning nap later, I’ve tried. Turns out keeping her up longer in the morning just makes the nap shorter. It’s like her internal clock won’t let a nap go past 11:15, no matter what time it started. It doesn’t seem to matter what we’re doing either. Spending a busy morning running errands is no more likely to produce an afternoon nap than hanging out at the house. (Also, if you let her cry without checking on her she just gets more and more worked up, so that wouldn’t work either.)
I wouldn’t even care so much except that she is so obviously tired in the afternoons. And by tired I mean whiney. If she napped in the morning and got up at 11 and spent the rest of the day being smiley happy Kalena? That would be GREAT. Instead she gets up at 11, is in meltdown mode by 2 pm and I get to spend the rest of the day doing one of two things: 1) sitting on the couch watching her play, or 2) sitting on the floor watching her play. Those are the only things that don’t result in more whining, crying, or tantrums. Makes for really productive afternoons, I’ll tell you what.
So what’s the deal? Is there some secret to getting a child to nap that I just don’t know? Help me!