The Pros And Cons Of A Scheduled Nap Time

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The Pros And Cons Of A Scheduled Nap Time

How many naps does your little one take a day?

Mine just grew out of naps about a year ago. I’m still mourning the loss of those three to four-hour segments of uninterrupted mommy time. That’s right, my kid was a long napper. He preferred the long once-a-day naps to two or three shorter ones.

To be honest, I never made a huge effort for a scheduled nap time. We just sort of fell into our routine. But once we did establish a routine, I really appreciated it. I saw value in keeping scheduled nap time sacred. Let’s examine some pros and cons of scheduled nap time to see what approach might work best for you.

The Pros of Scheduled Nap time

1. Carved-Out Mommy Time

I eluded to this before, but doesn’t the idea of scheduled mommy time sound absolutely heavenly?

Let’s face it: Even the most tireless new moms need some me-time. Whether it’s to tidy up the house or finally take that shower you’ve been longing for, each one of us craves the chunk of time that’s free for us to do with as we please.

Personally, I often sat down and read for a while. If there weren’t any pressing chores to deal with, I felt no guilt in binge-reading a good book or catching up on Netflix. (Ok, and sometimes, I napped with my baby. No harm in doing that either!)

Whatever you choose to do with your mommy time, the point is, you have it. That me-time can make you a calmer, more effective parent.

2. A Calmer Kid

If you enjoy the blissful mood your baby is in just after his or her nap, you can give credit to baby’s hormones. Recent studies show that feel-good hormones are released during a nap, leaving them all smiles and coos when they wake up.

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A scheduled nap time helps to regulate those hormones. It also teaches your child’s body how to regulate their sleep schedule.

Since cranky kids are hard to put down for a nap even when they need one, a predictable schedule absorbs some of that crankiness. If your toddler learns that she’s going down for a nap at a certain time of day, she may be able to follow the routine without a huge fuss. And of course, you get a happier baby right on schedule.

3. A Better Nighttime Sleeper

How well does your little one sleep at night?

If he or she is a great sleeper, chances are your nap time schedule is helping. It seems that the kids who are sound daytime nappers who can soothe themselves to sleep without much difficulty are also sound sleepers at night. Those same kids tend to be on a regular sleep schedule, so their Circadian rhythm is tied to their routine.

Sleep requirements vary from child to child, but typically, a kid no longer physically needs to nap by age four or five. Until then, these naps factor into a child’s Circadian rhythm, and determine a lot of smaller outcomes, from mood to growth spurts.

The Cons of Scheduled Nap time

1. Not For Mommies On-The-Go

As a new mom, I was kind of a homebody. I was fine with working remotely, hanging out with my baby, and just working life around the schedule we fell into. But I realize that the stay-at-home, totally tethered-to-baby’s-schedule life is not for everyone.

If you’re an adventurous mom who likes to pack up the diaper bag and go get some errands done, scheduled nap time might not work for you. Spontaneous napping during a stroll through the park or a short car trip may be more conducive to your family’s lifestyle.

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That said, experts refrain from recommending napping on-the-go. They say that kids who are lulled into a nap in motion, such as in a car seat for instance, may have trouble self-soothing for a deeper sleep later in childhood.

Some babies are easy sleepers, though. If yours is one of those kids who can sleep through a thunderstorm or a family party, you might just be blessed with a kid who thrives on unscheduled nap time.

2. Harder Adjustment To Physiological Changes

Thinking back to my little guy’s newborn days, I can hardly believe how much different our daily routine is a few years later. His nap times shifted and adjusted from growth spurt to teething phase to the preschool days.

Since I wasn’t a stickler for a firm schedule, it was simple for me to readjust with each growing pain. We just went with the flow, and I took note of what changed.

Religiously sticking to a nap time schedule might mean you’re in for a tougher transition for both mom and child during growth spurts or developmental leaps. Researchers discovered that naps for kids are tied to their physiological development more than anything else.

So sometimes, the need to flex that schedule comes out of nowhere. While you’re both busy readjusting to the new norm, you get stuck with a moody toddler.

Striking A Balance with Scheduled Nap time

The consensus among experts is that scheduled nap time is great. Yet, it’s not ideal for everyone. Maybe the perfect balance is to aspire to a schedule, but remain flexible. In retrospect, that’s what I did, and it may be why our experience with napping has been a positive one!

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My son didn’t fight naps often. He rarely got to a point where he was too fussy to fall asleep. Perhaps that’s because while we stuck to a routine, we slipped into it naturally without forcing it.

I still made sure baby napped each day. But it wasn’t the end of the world if the nap happened a half hour later than usual, for instance. My casual relationship with our schedule allowed room for shifts and phases. Also, once he was done with naps altogether, I was able to recognize it and take it for what it was.

Quick Nap time Rules Of Thumb

Though the need for a firm schedule is debatable, here are some recommended rules of thumb for naps:

  • Don’t skip naps altogether–Unless they’re transitioning away from naps around four or five, try to make sure a nap takes place each day.
  • Try for a cool, dark environment–If you’re not lucky enough to have an easy sleeper, prepare the nap time environment. A cool, calm, dark place is most conducive to sleep.
  • Use white noise–If your child is a light sleeper, white noise can mask the sounds of daily activities. No need to run the drier or vacuum, though. Just buy a white noise machine for your child’s room.
  • No naps close to bedtime–Sometimes, hectic days result in naps postponed. But don’t wait until early evening for the nap to happen. You may end up with a kid who can’t sleep through the night.

What works well as your nap time strategy? Are you a fan of scheduled nap times or no? I’d love to know what you take away from your experience.

About the Author /

Bernadetta Pracon is a freelance writer and a mom to one little boy. She enjoys coffee, loves dogs, and appreciates her freelance lifestyle.

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THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴 📷: @brit THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴
📷: @britt.kav⁠
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It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑 (quote vi It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑
(quote via @smalltowntallgirl)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗 🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗⁠
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Parenting is hard. And ever so important. But sometimes it feels like we need to have a special degree in “Managing Toddler Mood Swings” to navigate some of the unexpected scenarios that come with raising secure and happy children.⁠
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Like how do we handle a child that likes to scream instead of talk?⁠
“Please, child, just lower your voice while we’re in Target.”⁠
Or what are we supposed to do when a child prefers to strip down every time we get them dressed or only eat foods that are the color blue?! (In case you’re wondering, there aren’t many blue foods.)⁠
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It can feel tricky and tiring to try and do it all right and then sometimes still feel like you’re at a loss. But the truth is, there’s never any way to make everything perfect. But there are things we can do that set our children up to feel secure and happy. And here are seven of my favorite tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @lauren.stewart_dc⁠
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Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠ Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠
Cesarean mamas--this one's for you. I hope you know that you are worthy. That you are such a warrior. That you are brave and powerful and strong as f✨ck. I hope you know that birthing your baby on an operating table makes you no less of a mother. No less of a goddess. Your birth story is holy and that beautiful scar on your belly is sacred as sh✨t. You are worthy of praise and celebration, honor and  admiration.⁠
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I hope that you know it was worth it. Knowing this does NOT mean you can't mourn your dream. It does NOT mean "you and your baby are safe--that's all that matters!" It does NOT mean you can't wish things had gone differently. But I hope that underneath it all, you can find beauty in what was. What is. Your baby. Your birth. Your strength. Your healing. Your story.⁠
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Your journey wasn't easy. Perhaps it unfolded much differently than you had hoped--perhaps it shook you to your core and left you feeling the immense weight of a "what if" and why".⁠
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Perhaps you're still wading through the heavy emotions of disappointment, anger, and grief. Perhaps you always will. But whatever feelings you hold in your heart and in your womb, I hope that you can look at your scar and say "Hell yes, it was worth it. And hell ya, I am worthy."⁠
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*This post was written for mamas who might be struggling with an unexpected or undesired cesarean birth. I recognize that there are mamas that choose to have planned/elective cesarean births who might not resonate with the message in this post. I honor them as well--as I honor all mothers, all women, and all beings.⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #birth #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #cesareanbirth #bellybirth #postpartum #newmom #childbirth #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . whi Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . which is the color he originally asked for.⁠
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(quote via @HenpeckedHal via Twitter)⁠
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Hope they're ready for us!⁠ 👯‍♀️⁠
📷: @myquestionablelife⁠
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" . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would w " . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would we have tears if they didn't serve a purpose? Little hurts can feel big when you are little. There is no such things as no reason to cry. Comforting a crying child is not the same as shutting them down, no matter how sweetly we shut them down . . . up actually." - Pam Leo⁠
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#gentleparenting #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #parenting #parentlife #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #healing #mentalhealth
"Every diaper change is a struggle⁠ Goldfish cru "Every diaper change is a struggle⁠
Goldfish crumbs are literally everywhere.⁠
Nothing stays in the correct place.⁠
Dramatic meltdowns are a part of our daily routine.⁠
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Being a mother to a new toddler is so challenging, and every day I'm not sure what to expect! But, even on the days where I think I'm going nuts, it's so worth getting to watch my daughter grow into her own person. I love seeing her personality expand with each day.⁠
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I won't lie though, I do get a tad bit freaked out sometimes! I mean I've never heard anyone nail the sound of a pterodactyl better than my daughter, when she's having a meltdown. 😂😳"⁠
Repost: @postpartum⁠
Words & 📷: @tori.mccain⁠
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Share your worst/funniest toddler meltdown stories below! I'm sure almost all of us mamas who have a toddler can relate. 🙋⁠
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That's my kind of mom friend. 😂 Tag that mama w That's my kind of mom friend. 😂 Tag that mama who is your happy safe person. ❤️⁠
📷: @lifeandtimesofmom⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You're Stuck 8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You're Stuck Inside⁠
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⁠When the snow first starts falling, it’s a great feeling. Your house is cozy inside, school is cancelled—three cheers for a snow day! The kids are excited and you can’t help but feel some excitement, too. However, after a few days of being snowed in, we can all start to get a bit stir crazy, especially with our littles cooped up at home with us. We're sharing eight creative ways to beat those winter blues when you feel like you’re stuck indoors! {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @cecileadams⁠
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#winterblues #snowday #snowedin #winter #winterwonderland #winterfun #wintertime #home #indoorideas #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
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