It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Once won’t kill him

…she said.

Timmy greets me in his usual enthusiastic fashion, bouncing and flapping in his mother’s arms.

“Did he have his usual naps yesterday?” There are largish bags under her eyes.

“No, in fact he didn’t.”

“I wondered, because last night? Last night he was wired! Just wired! It took him forever to get to sleep – I had to try three separate times to get him down. Unless it’s teeth? You think it might be teeth?”

Oh, such a temptation she lays before me. But, no, Professionalism wins the day.

“Well, they spend the better part of their first two years teething. You can attribute a lot of things to teeth, but in this case, I think we can stick with the obvious. It was almost certainly because he skipped his morning nap.”

“Oh, good. Glad we’re on the same page, then.”



© 2006, Mary P

September 21, 2006 - Posted by | sleep, the dark side


  1. Oh dear!

    Is having another data point for your position on sleep requirements any consolation?

    When my toddler went from two naps to one nap, I was sad at first, about missing my morning “free time”. It was kind of silly.

    Comment by laura | September 21, 2006 | Reply

  2. DOH! No getting around it yet, I guess.

    Comment by Kristen | September 21, 2006 | Reply

  3. nice. i like people who don’t take the easy way out.

    Comment by jen | September 21, 2006 | Reply

  4. Uh-oh. Looks like he won’t be missing anymore naps, will he?

    Comment by Candace Miller-Janidlo | September 21, 2006 | Reply

  5. I didn’t think there was a down-side to getting parents on board with being a nap Nazi, but maybe this is it.

    I hate to agree with you, but I do. My little guy is sooo wired when he comes home from preschool that I think it must be the fact that at home he sleeps 2-3 hours but only 1-ish hour at school. Oh, that he were in Mary’s care!

    I also read a disturbing study about how for certain kids, preschool has a pretty negative impact on their social development (ie, their parents reported them as harder to handle, they tantrummed more, etc.). At first it really pissed me off, and then I realized it must be because most kids don’t get as much sleep because of preschool nap schedules and eager parents who want to see the kid for a few hours before it’s off to beddy-bye. What do you think, Mary?

    Comment by stefanierj | September 21, 2006 | Reply

  6. Oh, Mary, your posts make me grin! *g* On the bright side, I guess Timmy’s mum is finally getting some sleep.

    Comment by Kat O+ | September 21, 2006 | Reply

  7. well to be accurate it really didn’t kill him. Mom might be a different story πŸ™‚

    Comment by Monica | September 22, 2006 | Reply

  8. Laura: Data’s always good – though I do have lots by now. I liked it, too, when my own children dropped their morning naps – but now that I’ve been held hostage, er, accommodated naps for ELEVEN YEARS, I do need my morning outings!

    Kristen: Nope. Anna, also a year old, starts on Monday; with a third one-year-old beginning in November, I think I’ll just make the mental shift, and accept I’ll be mostly indoors through spring!

    Jen: Thank you. Coming from you (just got back from reading your most recent post) that’s quite the compliment. Welcome!

    Candace: Wow. You’ve totally outed yourself, now, haven’t you?

    No, little Timmy will skip no more naps. Too bad the little monkey refuses to sleep in the stroller! Bundled in bed, or no sleep at all. Ah, well. It is what it is.

    Stefanierj: If being at preschool messes with their naps, it’s certainly going to have a negative impact on their behaviour! Many kids sleep just fine at preschool, but some may find it too stimulating, and find it harder to settle. Here’s hoping your little guy adjusts soon and starts resting better.

    Kat: It seems so. I hear he’s sleeping better at night. I think they co-sleep, because apparently she’s considering bedrails since he fell out one night last week! (I don’t know if they just happened to fall asleep after nursing, or if he’s always in bed with her, but I think it’s likely the latter.)

    Monica: Uh-huh. Mom was certainly suffering more than babe when they came to my door the next morning! Poor woman. I won’t do that to her again.

    Comment by Mary P. | September 23, 2006 | Reply

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