It’s not every single day, but very nearly, both of my boys take simultaneous naps in the afternoon. This event itself saves my every loving life.
When OBrother was about 13 months old, the boys had gotten into this weird staggered nap schedule that was driving me bonkers – OBrother would go down morning-ish, then around the time he woke up it was OBoy’s turn, who would wake when OBrother was teetering on the edge of his second nap. I felt like all I did all day was put someone down or keep someone from waking someone else up. Then I did something drastic. When most babies of his age were still taking a solid two naps, I robbed OBrother of his morning nap for the sake of my sanity, and I made the remaining nap shifts overlap. We became the people who needed to leave playdates at 11:00 and eat lunch by 11:20 sharp. Every (normal) day from then on I have laid the boys down together at noon (although 6 months later it is more like 1pm) at which point I have an hour and a half to myself.
All of the mamas of two kids in two years say it with me: HALLELUJAH
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Logistically, their nap length is not the same which means if they start together, they don’t end together – and this is where I remind you that they share a room. From the very beginning I had to teach OBoy to exit the room quietly after he wakes up. There have been several occasions on which he has been excited about something (or sick and loudly sad upon waking) and OBrother has risen then, too. We call those bad nap days and they are permission to put the littlest one to bed early that evening. As I laid them down, we constantly talked about being quiet when we wake up and coming out quietly. We have a video monitor in their room, so when I know it’s about the time for OBoy to wake, I keep a pretty close eye on the monitor to make sure everything is going alright. If I need to, I will fly up the stairs as quickly and silently as a hawk to intercept.
These moments each afternoon have been glorious, and as I look ahead to OBoy growing out of needing a nap, it makes me just a smidgen nervous.
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What does the nap schedule look like for your littles? Or… How did the transition out of naps at your house?