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Yesterday I started a post about how we thought it was time to transition out of afternoon naps.

I talked about how Wes still LOVED his naps, but that bedtime was becoming more and more of a challenge.  Or, to be frank, that bedtime wasn’t the problem.  It’s was the reading books, playing, singing and lately, the coming out of his room and trying to sneak into his sister’s room to wake her up long past bedtime that was the problem.

Then I mentioned how yesterday I offered him the choice. And that he chose quiet time instead of his nap.

Then I said that we’d try this out and see what happens.

Ha.  😐

At around 4 o’clock my typically sweet Wesley morphed into a giant , pissed off bear.  He cried.  He whined.  He fought.   And in the car home from picking Jaia up from school, he fell asleep.

We woke him an hour later and the bear was even angrier.  There may have been some growling.

He perked up though…At around 7:30 pm when he began to run around, play hard, jump and dance.

Bedtime last night was worse than normal.

So, we are back to square one.  Naps are back in the rotation, at least for the time being.  We are all much happier when the bear is well rested.  There’s far less growling that way.

How old were your wee ones when they gave up the nap?


October 24, 2012 - 10:25 pm

Julie - 3.5. They weaned themselves but we would have stopped it around then anyway. Bedtime was becoming a problem and at nap time they stopped staying in their rooms. They are five now and the days they aren’t in school we have quiet time. I put on a movie and they chill. Give it a bit longer and it will all work out.

October 30, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Grandpa - Shannen; I hate to confess this, but I still am taking afternoon naps at age 60. Sorry to spoil your plan 🙂
Love Grandpa Doug

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