Nap-time (noun): the peaceful(ish) 1-2 hours when children are asleep and parents can get.shit.done. See also, the 1-3 hour parents eventually get sick of working their lives around for the sake of a…happy, healthy child. (Note: This perspective typically kicks in quicker with the second or third kid.) No matter your view on nap-time, kids ages 0-3 physically need their naps. While nap-time is a nice excuse for us to binge watch Netflix or fold loads of laundry, while we catch up with our bestie, it’s what… >> Read More
I hope you can help! My 7.5-month-old's sleep has been steadily worsening since he was about 6 months old.
In the day, he has always had a hard time napping and sleeps…with quite a lot of effort on our part--45 to 50 minutes, 2 to 3 times per day. Up until a month ago, he would nap in his crib in our bedroom. Then I started to nurse & nap with him in our bed and try extend sleep by nursing when he would wake. We… >> Read More
When you think of Hawaii, you think beautiful beaches, hula dancers, volcanoes, and-- perhaps most importantly--ROMANCE!
There’s a reason the tropical islands are among the top honeymoon…destinations year after year, right? Lying on the sand, snuggling up with the love of your life, watching a beautiful sunset while drinking your fourth Mai Tai--it is paradise. But that's not how it panned out when I went to Hawaii with my husband, my 13-month-old daughter, and my parents recently. Actually, “romantic” was the… >> Read More
The importance of napping to toddlers is well-documented. It gives their growing bodies a rest and chance to recharge. And that’s pretty much why naps are important to parents, too. Not naps for…parents. Naps for their toddlers. When the kids sleep, we get a chance to rest and recharge, too. I learned this the hard way today when my toddler, Ellie, decided not to nap. You know the saying you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone? I didn’t realize just how much I depend on… >> Read More
A good friend of mine--a nice Jewish Mama with two little ones ages 4 and 2--recently posted this on her Facebook page:
Just left the kids napping in the house to run and pick up something I needed…to make dinner. Can I be arrested for that? Maybe I’ve been spending too much time on the local Mama list-servs, but I sat back and waited for the fire storm to erupt. I anticipated a wave of accusations and judgments, but apparently my friend has nicer (or perhaps more restrained) friends than I do,… >> Read More