It is NAP TIME! I know this can vary for each household depending on your children’s age and stage of life. However, in my short time of being a mom, my son’s nap times have become precious to me. This may sound weird, but us moms have to take what little time of freedom we can get from our little ones.
It has been 2 years and few months since my son was born and my life changed forever. Most times it’s not glamorous, and a lot of times it is not fun or exciting, but nap time, that is a different story.
So, read on to see my 5 Reasons Why Childhood Naps Are Awesome!
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1–Naps Will Help Your Child Sleep Better At Night
Believe it or not, for a child, a nap or 2 during the day will help them sleep better at night. If your little one gets overtired, they often sleep poorly when they are put to bed in the evening. (When I think about it, when I’m overtired, it takes me a long time to get to sleep at night because my mind and body are fighting each other.) Depending on a child’s age, a 1-2 hour nap will help them not be as cranky throughout the rest of the afternoon a well. And that only helps us moms how when it is time to wind our kids down to prepare for bedtime.
2–Nap Time Is The Perfect Time To Conquer Your Household Chores
Presently, even if you only one kid, they need you in some capacity during the course of a day. One kid may hurt themselves, or another got into the eggs in the fridge. Another may be having an emotional crisis and still another keeps saying “Mom…Mom…Mom” for no reason at all. AND, on top of all this, there is not a clean dish in the entire house. Or, you keep sneezing because the floors need to vacuumed and the shelves dusted. Just name the chore, and it hasn’t been done in a week. So, if you have the energy, dive into some of those chores while your child is napping. Even if you only accomplish washing the dirty dishes, that is quite an accomplishment for a busy mom! Again, I know this will be different for every situation, and if you have an older child, they get to help with your list too!
3–Nap Time Helps Restore Your Sanity
There are days, more often than I would like, when it takes everything in my being to hold in my screams and swears regarding being a mom. The constant neediness, whining, crying, and mess that comes with having a toddler grades on me quite often. So, if nothing else, nap time helps to restore my sanity. Even if I get nothing accomplished during my son’s nap, there is a bit of peace, quiet and calm in my home and mind. If there is nothing else on my agenda, I will try to read, watch a movie, workout, or get some tasks done that my son would get into while he was awake. If you can, try to utilize your kids’ nap times to slightly restore your mind so the stress doesn’t take over your body. Make a list of at home activities you enjoy that you can do while your child rests. You could paint your nails, do some yoga or meditate, bake cookies, etc. Anything that relaxes or is enjoyable to you, will help your mindset for the rest of day with your children.
4–Naps Will Help Your Body Recharge
This is the phrase I heard A LOT when my son was newborn, “Just sleep when the baby sleeps.” Sound familiar? Maybe I’m weird, but my body could never do that when he was an infant. However, this is no longer the case. I get into the afternoon slump slight after lunch, and I’m as ready to pass out for a snooze as my son is. A lot of times, I have to talk myself out of feeling guilty for wasting time on a nap because this period could be utilized so much better. BUT, there a times that parents need some extra sleep to function! If you are trying to get something done but can’t focus, take a nap. If you keep yawning and your eyes are drooping while sitting at the computer, take a nap. If all you can think about when putting your little one’s down for nap time is sleep, take a nap! As adults, we don’t need as much sleep as our kids so it may be unnecessary to sleep for 2 hours. So, find out what naps work for you, and make sure to set an alarm. I find that when I nap for too long, I am tired and beat for the rest of the day (not good). Figure out if you need a 15 minute power nap, a 30 minute sleep session or even an hour long nap to boost your body’s recharge.
5–For Work-At-Home-Moms, Nap Time Is When The Work Gets Done
A lot of stay-at-home-moms have jobs from home, and while most of the day needs to be focused on their children and household, there also needs to be time allotted for their job! For me, nap time for my son is when I get the most work done without interruption. If there is a special project that needs and an hour or two’s focus, I know I can get a chunk done during the afternoon. There are days when I cannot even start work until he goes down for a nap, but then I know I have a couple of hours to make some headway. So, if you are also working in some capacity from home, plan your time during naps to be dedicated to your work. Because who says we can’t have it all? 😉
I hope you enjoyed and got to take something away from this post. This has strictly been my current experience during my son’s naps, and all of them have been helpful at one time. Please let me know if you have any other helpful nap time tips!