Tuesday, 28 July 2015

An ode to the swing and to coffee

It isn't even 8 a.m. and I have a feeling that today is just going to be one of those tough parenting days. Henry woke up at 5 a.m. and screamed like a crazy man every time I tried to put him back to sleep in his crib and a feeding and a diaper change. After a dozen attempts I decided to push nap training to yet another day and put him to sleep in our beloved swing. 

The swing has been my lifesaver for naps as Henry really seems to hate napping in his crib. I'm seriously contemplating bringing the swing with us to the cottage next week but I'm not sure if there's room. I may just buy one at the local Wal-Mart, you simply can't put a price on a mom's sanity.

I've been putting it off for a few weeks but I really do need to implement a better schedule for Henry's naps which I think will make us both happier. The challenge is that I really don't want to sit at home all day. I have no problem being home for the afternoon nap but in the mornings I like going to the gym, going for walks or even just running errands. I need to try and find a balance so that Henry has his sleep and I don't go crazy. Any tips?

In this house sleep struggles are always chased with coffee, lots and lots of coffee. I used to love champagne but these days my love of bubbles has been replaced by the necessary rush of caffeine. Such a sad #momtruth.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and PLEASE share your nap tips!

1 comment:

  1. I am in the same boat of not wanting to stay at home all day to implement a nap in the crib routine. What I have done is tried to do at least one solid nap in the crib Usually in the afternoon and the rest were either in the swing or out for a walk in the car seat/stroller. After reading a lot of books I did the letting him cry it out sleep training. Orion who is 4 months now I started at around 14 weeks cried for 25 min then it got shorter and shorter each day. Sometimes his crib naps were short and those days were long but he eventually started wanting to nap in his crib two-three times a day if we were at home and if we were out he would still nap or be content in his stroller. If you find yourself at home most often in the afternoons I would work on him napping in the crib during that one for sure. A nap routine sometimes helps like reading a story or having a rock prior to laying him down. Then use the swing (we used it a lot) or whatever you use when you are out for the other ones and you just might find he will start to prefer his crib and you will be able to plan your day around his naps one he has a bit more established routine.