It's all about the schedule

Filed under: Development/Milestones: Babies, That's Entertainment

For the past two winters I have worked part time at a ski resort nursery. We get children from all over the nation and quite a few from around the world. With the many different times zones the mothers are often adamant about the sleep schedules of their infants and toddlers. However, when you have anywhere from five to fifteen children it is difficult to maintain the sleep demands of so many different time zone schedules. Most of the staff members were young ladies from New Zealand or Argentina who were working during their summer breaks. These girls would often roll their eyes in frustration when the mothers would rant about our inability to maintain the children's nap schedules, and for good reason in some cases when the mothers became a bit crazed -perhaps due to their own unmet sleep schedules. And while I agreed that  the rudeness was undeserved, I do understand about the sleep schedule.

We had no set nap routine for our first two children, they napped when the mood hit -albeit not nearly often enough for me, and went to bed when I could get them there. I always read to them regardless of the time, but I was much younger and time did not really seem to matter as much. Such is not the case with our third child, Devon. He is on such a set schedule that I plan most of my days around his naps. When his routine gets interrupted, as happened with a recent trip to the in-laws, my life gets topsy turvy while I try to transition him back into his routine. He is cranky, more finicky than usual and I feel the evergrowing need to find a day spa to rest my weary head. It is at these times that I go back to our sleep bible, Sleep Baby Sleep, by Tammy Hussin, and brush up on the nap chapter. It is the only book we have ever tried and, luckily, it has worked great for us. I would be curious what other books or methods readers use or find helpful, please feel free to share your thoughts.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.