Naps for Moms?

Roxy - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My hubby (and other family members) tell me to nap when our daughter naps,she's 5 months old,if I do this when and who will do the "household"stuff? I would like to nap but I don't want the house to look unkept as well. Anyone else out there in my boat? Thanks!

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Nikki - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son has 2 naps during the day I always nap during one of them, if I don't i find Im exhausted by the time my husband comes home from work and Im cranky and the time ew actually do spend together isnt pleasant. Now that my son is crawling and cruising , Im all over the place 24/7 he is GO GO GO , so Im alot more tired then I was before he was mobile. I do get things done during the day during his other nap or ill put him in his pack and play near me and he's happy. My husband fully understands just how active our son is and knows Im not superwoman so when he comes home he helps out a great deal and when he is spending time with our son I finish cleaning up. In my eyes the cleaning can wait, if your not rested, the time you do spend with your children and husband will not be as enjoyable and you'll find your dragging yourself around and really not getting anything done

Medic - posted on 02/13/2010

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I always took a nap or just rested when my son napped as an infant. He is three now and we have a three week old so while I was preggo I took my naps with him and I still do because my husband is gone with training for the army so its just me. I don't go to bed as early as they do so all the laundry I was during the day gets folded and put away then and I do the dishes then...everything else I just do when the baby naps and my son plays.

Laura - posted on 02/13/2010

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I'm not a big napper myself, and I can't ever seem to stop running around the house doing things either, but I hear the "nap when your baby naps" line a lot also! Does your daughter take multiple naps during the day by chance? If so, perhaps you could observe her napping tendencies for a couple days and figure out if the length and timing of her different naps would be best for certain activities. For example, maybe you could try to sleep during her morning nap and then catch up on cleaning and whatnot during the afternoon. (?)

Mary - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old and I'm 7 months pregnant. I don't have very much energy half way threw the day so when she sleeps if I can I take a nap too. I clean the house durring the day when she's awake and when she sleeps... it all depends on whats going on that day and what needs to be done and what can wait till my husband gets home from work. :-)

Michaela - posted on 02/13/2010

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I used to nap when my son slept. You just have to find a balance. I was EXHAUSTED for a couple of months right after I had both of my kids. After awhile I got a handle on things and I would sleep if I really felt tired and clean if I was up to it. You're no good to your child if you are worn out. At 5 months you child should start sleeping longer between feedings at night. Hopefully, this means you'll have a little more energy to do things. Do what you're comfortable with. If your tired-nap, if you can't stand to see the house dirty-clean. You can also do things while your child is awake. I put my baby in the clothes basket and let her play with clothes while I fold them. Both of my children are content as long as I have music playing while I do stuff. I just dance around and sing to them while I do what I have to. This teaches them to entertain themselves also, just make sure you spend some uninterupted one on one time with time with them also.

Carolee - posted on 02/13/2010

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Nap when you need to!!! It's more important that you are able to take care of your daughter than for your house to be spotless.

Gwen - posted on 02/13/2010

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my son is 3 wks so im just getting the hang of this, but i dont do most of my hosework until Sat. when my hubby can watch and take care of him. durning the week i'll sleep when he sleeps.

Amy - posted on 02/13/2010

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when my son naps (he is almost 9 months) i sleep for a half hour or 45 minutes with him then work on house stuff. i have done that since he was really little.

Shaquim - posted on 02/13/2010

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well i pace myself i mean my son is now three but when he naps i nap i get as much done before his nap and then finish the rest when he wakes up so now we sleep the same amount of time look at it like this if you are tired you have no patience so get your nap and dont feel bad

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