This blog should be named "Nap Quest." I know I am a broken record here, but I am obsessed with making my children nap. And lately it hasn't been going well.
Becca has only napped once or twice in the past week. She plays and gets out of bed, messes with her curtains, turns on her light, and gets all her books out, and all her toys out. And takes off her underwear and puts on pull-ups. So far she hasn't left her room, well, she has once if you count going out in the hallway to retrieve her dress-up shoes.
This is driving me crazy.
So, tell me: do your kids nap? Do they get out of their beds? Out of their rooms? What do you do about potty issues during nap time? Because I am of the FIRM--VERY, VERY FIRM--belief that I should NOT let her start getting up and "going potty" during naptime. First of all, she has MASSIVE holding power and often goes 8 hours or more without going potty at all, so I know she can hold it during naptime--especially when I make her go just before. And, knowing my strong-willed child, this will mean she will never nap again, but instead will just be running in and out of her room and playing in the bathroom now as well. I have told her if she needs to go, to call out for me and I will help her. So, I'm not trapping her in there with no potty outlet.
And, actually, I don't think the potty thing is the root of the not napping. I think she has just discovered that she CAN get up and play and that I can't FORCE her to sleep. (Dammit)
Yesterday she finally conked out around 3 p.m. (she goes down around 1 p.m.) with her light on, toys all over the place and in a dirty pull up (she refuses to go #2 in the potty). When she does fall asleep, it is after she's been in there an hour or two, and then she is napping until late--I have to wake her up around 4:30 or 5:00. What is the DEAL? She is obviously tired and needs a nap, but seems to be refusing to do it. The days she doesn't fall asleep, she is a complete BEAST the rest of the afternoon. Meltdowns R Us. Hellaciousness.
Great. Now she's crying and screaming. I told her when I laid her down that if I had to come in there and tell her to be quiet I would be removing her toys.
I really don't mind too much if she just plays in there quietly for two hours. But she doesn't do that. She starts banging around and screaming. And, actually I do kind of mind--because she is so cranky when she doesn't nap. And we won't even TALK about how cranky I am when I don't nap.
I just went in, turned off her light, told her to GO TO SLEEP and removed all the toys and books from her bed. She is REALLY screaming now. I can't wait for the rest of the afternoon. Should be a barrel of laughs.
*Update* It has been 15 minutes. She stopped screaming. It is quiet. Oh dear. She either figured out how to escape out of her window, or....could it be????....... I WIN I WIN! *Victory Dance*!