sleeping, kids

How do you get your child  to sleep/take nap during the day?

Gone are the days when Jared would simply fall asleep after bathtime + after finishing a bottle filled with his favorite concoction, his milk! I miss those days when he’d automatically dose off after handing me his empty bottle, right after I have finished putting on his diapers and his fresh, clean clothes for the day. It used to be our routine for quite sometime + something that I totally enjoyed!

Nowadays, he’d find a gazillion distractions to keep him from taking his noontime nap. Here are a few that he has tried so far in his attempt to thwart the sleeping fairy from carrying him to dreamland:

  • He would ask me, or anyone inside the room,  to bring him outside. Jared loves the outdoor and would jump at any chance to be out even if it is his naptime.
  • He’d motioned for his toys so I won’t have no choice but to give in + hand him the toy that he requested. The usual requests include his toy cars + his blocks.
  • He would ask to play with  my pens, which are his current plaything. He would adeptly remove the caps + put them back on. He would also poke holes into his playpen or scribble on anything he fancies with his pen + that includes mum’s big thighs, too! ;)
  • He’d throw a fit, you’d give in to anything just so he would stop! Yes, he has quite a peculiar way of convincing people to give in to his requests.

Oftentimes, we’d argue ’cause he simply won’t fall asleep, but the trick really is to simply lie down beside him + sleep beside him, that way he’d have the soundest + the longest naptime.

Just last Saturday, he was his usual boisterous self + refuses to take a nap as usual you’d think he wasn’t sleepy in anyway.  What I did is carry him to bed + lie beside him, a few minutes after my little angel is sleeping soundly. I guess nothing beats the familiar warmth + feel of mum beside him to make him fall asleep faster. Such sweet gesture really, it reduced me to tears….