I love the concept of naptimes! 2 hour stints of peace and quiet, 3 times a day. Heaven.

But how many of us have it that easy? I know I don't. Theo loves his sleep - there's no hiding that fact.. But naptime is like a forbidden word. He fights it! He doesn't want to miss out on all the fun. 

And not to mention the fact that I'm really aware of how much sleep he gets at night; I don't want to do anything to disturb that and lose the sleep that we all need. 

So what do I do? Well, this is where my routine goes out the window. He doesn't have set naptimes, and clearly you can't force them to stay asleep, so no set length in time. I wait for his tired signs, and try to catch him before he hits the big OT! (Over tired!) 
We all know what it's like when we venture into OT town! It's like a fast pass to hell. Screaming, whinging, eye rubbing, fidgeting, wriggling. All the opposites to sleeping bliss! 

Theo is text book. He yawns, rubs his eyes and day dreams. That's when I know it's time to put him down for a nap. 

Now where does he nap? Well... Not where he should that's for sure!
Let's scoot back in time slightly. 

Theo was around 8 weeks old and loved his cot. He slept in it all night! What more could I ask for. Naptimes maybe? But no. I remember this one day so vividly. I had a friend over and was getting my nails done! He was miserable. So beyond ready for sleep and I thought to myself, I'm going to try and get him to nap in his cot. Boy, was I hoping for a miracle. 
He wailed. I tried controlled crying. Didn't work. So I out right refused to put him in there because I didn't want him having a negative association with his bed. 

Back to the here and now and Theo sleeps on a v-shape breast feeding pillow on the sofa in my lounge. All those midwife and health visitor sorts out there are tutting and shaking there heads, but I'm with him when he naps and it works for us. I think sometimes it's okay to be adaptable when it comes to your baby. Other times I don't!

So can I give you advice about conquering naptime? No. But what I can say is, don't panic. Do what works for you whether that be in the cot, car seat or pram. And do it when baby is tired! Not before. Otherwise you'll be fighting an equally hard battle to get them to sleep! 

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