What is your schedule and how to stay on track now that naps are sketchy.

Kathryn - posted on 12/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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The following has been my sons sechdule since a little after his 1st birthday. It has been doing fairly well until just a few weeks ago. Sometimes my son takes his regular nap but recently he has been taking a small nap. Eventhough it is only a little changes it seems like I can't get back on schedule on the afternoons that he barely get a nap.

Time Activity Notes
7am :00 Elijah Wakes Up/TV Time Yo Gabba Gabba
:20 Breakfast Cheerio's Fruit Milk
:35 Free Play
8am :00 Free Play
:15 TV Time/Mommy's Shower Time Imagination Movers
:45 Dress Get ready for Breakfast
9am :00 Free Play
:45 Leave for Breakfast
10am :00 Breakfast Lizard's Thicket
11am :15 Errands
12pm :00 Arrive Home
:50 Books
1pm :00 Nap
2pm :45 Wake/ Eat Yogurt
3pm :00 Art (Crayons, Paint, Chalk, Stickers, Markers)
:30 Dramatic Play (Puppets/ Dress Up)
4pm :00 Letters/Colors
:15 Numbers/Math
:30 Outside Play/Sensory Table If Weather Permitting
5pm :15 Free Play
6pm :00 Dinner
:30 Bath
:45 Books
7pm :00 Brush Teeth/Daddy Time
:30 Bedtime
How are your schedules and how do you stay on track when the naps aren't as perdictible?

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Sarah - posted on 12/21/2009

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oh cool, im glad thats working well for you. Like i said everyone is different and have there own ways to do things. Hopefully things work themselves out for you, you sound like a great mum! good luck

Kathryn - posted on 12/20/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

Wholey s**t, isnt that hard having such a scheduled routine? our schedule is very layed back, Noah will wake whenever hes ready, anywhere between 6.30 to 8am normally. We get up, hang out make breakfast whenever (not long out of bed) but i wouldnt know what time. the only routine i have is he naps around 12ish, sometimes a tad earlier or later depending if we are out and about, other than that, Noah is free to do as he pleases, we go outside and play, read books, draw pictures, dance, go for walks, but i always go at his pace. he was the one that set the routine in the first place. He is a really layed back kid, and i think having such a chilled out inviroment for him helps. Im always stimulating his brain, and helping him to learn. What do you mean when you do math? Every family is different i guess, and different things work for different people, but i do think having a more relaxed routine helps when things dont quite go to plan or going away etc. maybe just try going with your son and see how that works if things just arent happening for you the way you want them to at the moment.



Normally for the math we just do simple things like... Blocks, we count the blocks and knock them over. If he doens't knock all them over we count how many are left. We also do number recognizing. He will point to a number and I will say what it is and he will repeat it.



For us the routine has been the best for him and I. He knows what is going on durring the day and it helps me keep him doing activies. I am not strict of it. if he decides he wants to do something else we will do it and if he likes one activity more, he can do it longer. If we go on vacation or something he doesn't have a hard time with it and we don't do any scheduleing then. He does fine either way it just is dificult to figure out how to fill the naptime void.

Sarah - posted on 12/20/2009

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Wholey s**t, isnt that hard having such a scheduled routine? our schedule is very layed back, Noah will wake whenever hes ready, anywhere between 6.30 to 8am normally. We get up, hang out make breakfast whenever (not long out of bed) but i wouldnt know what time. the only routine i have is he naps around 12ish, sometimes a tad earlier or later depending if we are out and about, other than that, Noah is free to do as he pleases, we go outside and play, read books, draw pictures, dance, go for walks, but i always go at his pace. he was the one that set the routine in the first place. He is a really layed back kid, and i think having such a chilled out inviroment for him helps. Im always stimulating his brain, and helping him to learn. What do you mean when you do math? Every family is different i guess, and different things work for different people, but i do think having a more relaxed routine helps when things dont quite go to plan or going away etc. maybe just try going with your son and see how that works if things just arent happening for you the way you want them to at the moment.

Jenni - posted on 12/19/2009

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What? This is crazy... Such a schedule. He is one year old... geez. I home school my kids and I don't even have a schedule set in like this. wow. I let life happen. Naps are not always predictable. I think God is trying to tell you that with this experience. nice try on your part, though. wow... just breathe. in....and out.... lol happy times.

Erica - posted on 12/15/2009

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Wow, that's quite a schedule!

My son's naps vary in length from day to day. Usually about 1 hour 20 minutes, but varies from 1 hour to 2 1/2 hours. It can be frustrating because I never know how much time I have to get things done...you know, all the things that can only get done while the kid is in bed.

Our schedule is not near as structured as yours. We have playtime, books, bath, and that kind of stuff, but it's not set to the minute. It's generally about the same day to day. It just depends on what is going on. Outside play may be in the morning, or it may be in the afternoon...depends on the weather.

I think if you loosened up your schedule a bit, and just spend some extra time with each thing after a short nap, then you'll work yourself back to the right time for bedtime.

If your schedule is too tight, your son may have a hard time adjusting to anything unusual. My niece has a rigid schedule and she always has a really hard time adjusting to a change like traveling to visit grandparents for a weekend, or even going to see a play. She might have a meltdown while running errands because it's during the wrong time of day.

I'd suggest loosening up the schedule a bit. It's OK if things don't get back on schedule sometimes.

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