We haven’t quite got a routine down for the baby yet, second child syndrome and all that. He goes with the flow and that includes naps. However, just because he is relatively easy going, doesn’t mean that now and then he likes to assert his authority by refusing to nap. Which leads to me resorting to untold ways and methods to get the Baby to nap.
You know, just one of those days. I tried everything in my power. He resisted at all turns…
Feeding him to sleep
Lovely cuddles, big brother snuggled next to us. The lady next door must have dropped a pin on the floor because next thing I know he’s trying to launch himself off my knee and get through the wall to said dropped pin.
Rocking him to sleep
Back and forth. To and fro. Side to side. Eyes close, lower into cot, eyes open and repeat.
Walking him to sleep
A leisurely stroll by the lake.
OK a leisurely stroll to the shop.
OK OK a leisurely stroll to Starbucks. For a coffee. And a carrot cake.
Plenty of chance to sleep on the way so I can enjoy my carrot cake ON MY OWN. Guess what? I had to share.
Driving him to sleep
A 2 minute drive to nursery when I want him to stay awake? Of course he falls asleep.
A 45 minute relentless drive round of the same 4 streets? Bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Sleeping in the cot
A chance to practice standing up using the cot bars shooting me his brightest smile.
Sleeping in my bed
A chance to poke his fingers up my nose as I pretend to be asleep.
5 minutes before we need to be anywhere…..
Or you know bedtime. Or lunchtime.
That’s the time to sleep. Wherever you are…
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