Nap time and sacrament meeting

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So - how do you ladies cope with naptimes and sacrament meeting times that clash? This year our ward will be meeting at 12 noon (we rotate each year as we share the chapel with 2 other wards). My 2 year old usually naps from about 10:30 or 11am through to about 1pm... If he doesn't have his nap he is miserable, grumpy, whiny and I will spend the entire meeting taking him out. He also most likely won't go as happily to nursery as he does when he is well-rested.



This last year was lovely - we started at 8am and he could fall asleep in the car on the way home. Now, what to do?



I also have a 2 month old baby, and I know that his naptimes will change frequently this year as he manages to stay awake longer. I can just put him in the sling though, so I am more worried about my toddler.



Any suggestions and help would be great as I really don't want to miss an entire year of sacrament meetings.

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Shannon - posted on 01/20/2009

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Our 4yr old hardly ever naps but started napping during sacrament meeting during the latter part of last year and we were going at 9am!  I figured he would stay awake now that we are in church later but he still seems to fall asleep.  Maybe trying to let him sleep later, if that is possible, or putting him to bed a tad later might help him hang on til 12 and then he can sleep in sacrament or fall asleep on the way there thus sleeping during church. I know this probably wasn't very helpful, Good Luck.

Emily - posted on 01/12/2009

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My older girls gave up naps completely around 2 1/2, so they're not having issues now. #3 is 12 months and usually naps around noon... and our new meeting time is 11:30am. The main problem is that she's been fighting her naps unless she's at home on her bed, and there are no distractions. I've tried taking her to the mother's lounge (which I normally don't do... I usually just nurse discreetly in Sacrament Meeting), but she gets distracted by the other babies. I did discover that if I don't push it... she'll crash rather quietly near the end of Sunday School and nurse to sleep, then sleep all through the third hour. :) Then I actually get to enjoy Relief Society. This works quite well for us now.. but I have no idea what we're going to do in July when it's time for her to go into nursery.

One thing we tried with our older girls for a while was to go for a drive before church and try to get them to nap earlier, so they'd get the rest they needed before church. Our kids also move relatively easily from the car when they're sleeping... so sometimes we'd just carry them into Sacrament Meeting asleep and let them finish their naps there in our arms.

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I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one struggling with this one. :)



Last week we went to church late after he woke up and we got there with 10 minutes left of sacrament meeting.



this week he refused to nap so I quickly got ready and we got there half way through the meeting. They only had nursery for 1 hour today (no teacher so one of the primary pres. taught them) and he was exhausted so we packed up and came home as RS started. He was asleep in his car chair before we pulled out the parking lot! That was about 20 past 2. it's now 4pm and he is still sleeping.



*sigh* wish me luck for tonight!!

Alicia - posted on 01/09/2009

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that was our problem last year and we never really found a solution for it. and this year church is before napy but he's pretty tired at the end of it . we just toughed it out. and didn't let him be free in the hall scarment was a time to sit quietly and good even if it was in another room. he eventually got the idea and naped after church

Anna - posted on 01/09/2009

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i don't have any advise for you because that is the same problem that I am running into this year. My husband only comes to church about twice a month because of work. My two year old usually goes down for his nap between 1-2pm and our church this year is going to be starting at two. And i'm 7 months pregnant so it's not like i can try to hold him and get him to fall asleep. So my prayers and sympathy are going out to you!

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Quoting Rebecca:

Okay, we had 1pm church all last year, so I feel for you!!! My 6mo's nap time was during Sunday School (and he wouldn't stay in a sling) but luckily the Beco Butterfly carrier worked great. I'd just pop him in the carrier and walk around the back of the room a little bit, and he was out like a light! But for a 2yo, have you tried the Patapum Toddler carrier? I've heard great things about it. Maybe your hubby could pop him in that while you've got your little one? Of course, you know your son best, but that's what worked for us. Good luck!!! :)



Oooh and I can get it here in SA.  Quite expensive but yeah there is an online store that will import it for me...



 



Hubby only goes to church with me 1 or 2 Sundays a month.  I also don't really want him to miss Nursery KWIM? 



 



But I love that carrier nontheless.. it's gorgeous!

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2009

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Okay, we had 1pm church all last year, so I feel for you!!! My 6mo's nap time was during Sunday School (and he wouldn't stay in a sling) but luckily the Beco Butterfly carrier worked great. I'd just pop him in the carrier and walk around the back of the room a little bit, and he was out like a light! But for a 2yo, have you tried the Patapum Toddler carrier? I've heard great things about it. Maybe your hubby could pop him in that while you've got your little one? Of course, you know your son best, but that's what worked for us. Good luck!!! :)

Ashleigh - posted on 01/03/2009

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We are lucky, we are in a small branch and have lots of empty rooms, so they said it was okay for me to bring a playpen and I put my baby to sleep in there (he's 8 months old). I always stay near the room (or my husband does) and it works really well! He's the same way, without a nap, lookout! He's a monster if he doesn't get it! Good luck :)

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