When Carrigan was little, I often took her to my room along with Weston and we all had naptime together. It was a great way for us all to get the rest we needed. Now that she’s getting older, I find myself needing time to get things done or just time for myself so it’s time for her to transition to a more in nap time independence!
Tips to Make the Transition to Nap Time Independence
I have to admit that I’m pretty sure changing our nap time routine and building up nap time independence was probably more emotional for me than for us.
Check out this peek I caught of Justin and Carrigan napping together recently. It’s just so precious!
But having to nap with her (while amazing because I love naps) was seriously cutting into the little bit of time I have to get things crossed off my to do list each day.
But taking it step by step has made it easier. It didn’t happen in a day but we’re working more and more on nap time independence around here!
Here’s what we did!
Pick the Nap Spot
The first thing we did was decide where nap time would happen. I debated staying in the bed but though I might need to be closer when we first started. So she started in the living room so I would be nearby as I got things done.
This was the most challenging part. Carrigan is so used to napping right beside me, usually touching me if not slightly pressed against me. So working on getting her to rest without me next to her seemed nearly impossible.
My biggest advice is to hang in there. If your child lays on you, start to move them off of you but stay close. I would have Carrigan laying next to me while I worked on writing. So she knew I was right there.
If they need you to fall asleep then try to wait until they hit the deeper sleep and then move them.
If they wake up and need you, I wouldn’t hesitate to hold them or lay by them again. As we gave it time, Carrigan needed less and less of it.
Once you’ve got your child napping with you nearby, it’s time to put more space between you and really build that nap time independence.
In the beginning stay close so you can respond to anything your child might need. Carrigan would wake up when I was in the next room but I could see where she was so I was able to go to her and pat her on the back.
It took some time but eventually we’ve gotten Carrigan taking longer and more independent naps! To give me more peace of mind, I’ve been depending on our VTech’s Safe&Sound® VM343 Expandable Digital Video Baby Monitor to keep an eye on Carrigan during nap time (and at night)!
It features Pan & Tilt Camera and Automatic Night Vision on a full-color, high-resolution 4.3-inch LCD screen! That means I can really see what’s going on when Carrigan is napping!
It also has night vision so we can use it after she goes to bed at night. One of my favorite features is the remote pan and tilt camera with 2x zoom because sometimes Carrigan is up playing when she’s supposed to be sleeping! So I can check on her without having to interrupt her. Most times she lays back down on her own!
Another thing we’re loving about the Safe&Sound® baby monitor is that we can expand it up to four cameras which means we can use it in the bedrooms and even add one to the playroom so we can keep tabs on the kids with one monitor!
And the digital transmission ensures that our videos are secure and private! Combined with the 1,000 feet of range, we’re covered wherever we are in our house when Carrigan is napping! That gives me tons of peace of mind as we transition to nap time independence!
So if you’re in the middle of this transition, we feel for you! Just hang in there and know that’s worth it! Soon you’ll have more time to cross things off your to do list while your child sleeps!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.