Skipping naps can happen from time to time, as you can see there is no video today because my daughter and I have been going nonstop.
Some Reasons Why Skipping Naps Occur
- Moms have errands, so the toddler stays up going from one place to the next.
- Toddler starts to sleep in the car, but then wakes up when you move them.
- Not on a regular nap schedule.
- Toddler simply refuses to take a nap.
My daughter is on a nap schedule, however there are days when she will not go down. Sometimes it’s not her fault and I will be the first to admit when skipping naps is mama’s doing.
Prioritizing Mom’s Schedule Can Help Avoid Toddler’s from Skipping Naps
I keep busy, but being busy can sometimes interfere with naps. So, I am realizing that it’s very important to prioritize your mommy schedule. If something can be put off for later, just do it later. All the errands don’t need to be done all at once, even if you feel the pressure to accomplish your set daily goals.
If toddler’s start skipping naps, the chances that they might have a challenge going to bed at night is higher. They might also start acting out due to fatigue or even stop eating because of exhaustion. I notice on days my toddler is skipping naps, she is usually crankier and will eat less. Sometimes it’s not my doing, she just will not go down and will cry if I put her down. Usually, if I put her down and she begins to cry it lasts for about 5 minutes. If crying continues past 5-10 minutes, I will get her out of her crib because I know she will not fall asleep.
A couple of days ago, Ariabella didn’t go down for her nap, but she did today after crying for about 5 minutes. She’s a sweetheart and has tons of energy, that’s why I know that she needs her naps.
Do your best to make sure your toddler doesn’t get into the habit of skipping naps, it’s better for everyone involved. Not to mention, mommy needs at least 2 hours of free time to herself.