If there is, one thing that parents can agree on it is kids fight naps. Parents hear that their children should take two naps a day as an infant and then dwindle down to one nap a day until Kindergarten. However, there are many different types of naps and only one of them will help you with keeping your sanity in check.
Cat naps are one of the worst types of naps for parents. These short naps are often only long enough for you to grab a hot meal or pick up the toys strewn all over the playroom. If you are lucky, you will be able to sit down and relax for a couple of minutes because you will find them awake 15 minutes after they fell asleep.
The Fake Nap
The fake nap can be a quite dangerous nap. You will put your child in bed, close the door, and find they are quiet. You assume that they are asleep. However, when you observe them in the baby monitor, they are reading, playing in bed, or just lying there with their eyes wide open. If you do not have a monitor, this is the time when they find themselves coloring on walls or creating a mess that you have to clean later.
The car nap is not the nap you are thinking of. It is not when you purposely put the child in the car seat and go for a drive to put them to sleep. No, the car nap is the nap that occurs ten minutes away from your destination, and you find them passed out. If you get out of the car, this will turn into a cat nap. Therefore, your best option is to take a nap with them in the car.
The Wrong Time Nap
Naps that occur at the wrong time are devastating. They can happen while you are at their sibling’s games or when you are out to eat. However, they can also happen too early in the day or too late. When you are switching from two naps to only one a day, and while a nap too early puts you in a grumpy mood later in the day, it is better than a nap that occurs too late.
The Perfect Nap
These naps are the ones parents dream of. They are the naps when the child takes their sippy and lets you tuck them into bed. They fall asleep and stay asleep for a solid 90 minutes or more. Whether or not you get to enjoy it depends on whether you worry about it being a cat nap in disguise.
What kind of naps do your children take?