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Too old for a mid-day nap?

I am not ashamed to say that I would gladly shut my eyes for a short siesta at the weekends if I was given the chance. This does not happen often – if ever – since we’ve had children. I wasn’t even very good at following the midwife’s advice of taking a nap when your baby does when they are young!

Today I was reminded though why it is still a good idea for a two year old to have a short nap!

We had a quiet morning at home, followed by a late lunch. We had a party to go to at a neighbour’s house so a nap just didn’t happen for our eldest. We had a lovely time at the party with plenty of children and toys for my eldest to play with. The journey home went fine until we reached our front door.

In short (and with a few less tears), he wanted to go back to the party. After a good ten minutes of upset, we re-opened the front door and offered to let him go back to the party – there was a brief silence, followed by “it’s a bit dark”. I have to admit to having a quiet smile at that.

His coat was quickly taken off, hung up and a cheerful voice asked “where are my snacks?”. Normal service resumed.

Bedtime came and despite the busy afternoon, lack of sleep and a nice big tea, sleep didn’t come earlier than any other night.

I’m always amazed by the resilience of children and I’m glad for it! But wow, do I value an early night myself!

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Sleeping like a baby

I’m still trying to work out how this expression came to mean sleeping well! While children sleep the sleep of the innocent, they also wake up at unpredictable times and are well known for fighting extreme tiredness at any time of day or night.

So, when your baby does fall asleep it’s good to be able to give them as long as possible without interruption – for all concerned! During the day, it is typical for babies to fall asleep when in the car thanks to the soft engine noise and rocking motion. The challenge of keeping them asleep when you stop at your destination is one that faces every mother.

The first time around, I was set on getting a travel ‘system’. While there were some definite downsides to the system I chose, having a car seat that fitted straight into the buggy was a wonderful thing, allowing baby to have some much needed rest and me some time to get errands done.

I wish I knew then what I know now and had bought a travel system that was lightweight and durable. My new challenge is finding the perfect seat and buggy frame without breaking the bank. The search begins but not until after a good night’s sleep!

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