Thursday, May 24, 2012
Nap Time Timer
A few months ago Miss M (now 29 months) decided she was done with naps. For almost a week I would put her in her room for a nap and then spend the next 25 minutes listening to her scream, cry and bang on her door and walls. I would get so angry and frustrated. I just wanted some down time!
In the end I decided it wasn't worth the battle, I was getting too worked up trying to get her to sleep that it wasn't worth it. While Mr. C was napping I would sit her down with her favorite show and attempt to do some homework. It didn't always work out that way. Needless to say, her No Naps decision was detrimental to my Grade Point Average.
Recently, though, she's been getting more and more tired in the afternoon. A couple days ago she actually fell asleep sitting up on the recliner watching The Lion King. It was cute, but it was also 3PM when she fell asleep. Way too late for a nap.
Earlier that same day I had been at neighbors visiting, relishing in the fact that I had no children with me (Miss M had gone for a bike ride with Dad and Mr. C was sleeping). Her 4 year old came downstairs and she asked him "Did your timer go off? Go ahead and watch one show." She then explained how she had stopped setting the oven timer she used for his "quiet time", and instead had given him his own timer to take to his room. When the timer goes off, he can come back downstairs. Brilliant!
Yesterday I tried it out. I have a little green timer I got in the aisle at the commissary, the kind with a magnet that sticks to your fridge. I decided to start her off easy, since I wasn't sure she would go to sleep. I set it for 30 minutes and brought it to her room. I handed her the timer and she immediately got excited, putting it to her ear to hear the ticking. She set it next to her head on her pillow and listened while I explained how it would ring and when it went off she could come back downstairs (she's only just recently learned to open her bedroom door so this is a new concept for us).
I left the room and waited a minute, didn't hear anything, and headed downstairs. That's when it happened. I was alone on the couch, with my laptop, Mr. C was sleeping, Miss M was in her room. THIS CONTINUED FOR 30 MINUTES!
Exactly 30 minutes later I heard Miss M's door open and her little feet on the stairs, "It went off! I go downstairs now!" Beautiful.
I just hope the novelty doesn't wear off too soon.