^ That would be a “fake-nap” at Indiana Beach on Labor Day :)
Max still naps just fine most days, but Alex (3 years, 8 months) is giving us a lot of trouble about naps lately. Today, he’s napping nicely in his bed. More and more often, though, he’s causing trouble when she should be sleeping. One day last week, he snapped off the slats on his vinyl window blinds when we thought he was napping. A while back, he pulled all the stuffing out of his pillow. He often wakes Max or keeps Max from falling asleep. (They share a room.)
We’ve tried putting him in our bedroom, but then he just gets into mischief in there. (He’s a pretty good kid, by the way. I think he just acts out when he’s bored.) We’re thinking that maybe we’re nearing the point of no more naps for Alex.
My sister suggested trying audio books. He has to lay still in bed until the audio book ends, and chances are, he’ll doze a bit. Once the story ends, he can slip out of bed quietly without waking his brother. I downloaded a Dr. Seuss compilation today, so we’ll give that a try later this week. I’m hoping this works!
If it doesn’t work, I’d like to try a “quiet time” on the living room couch or “blanket time” where he has to play quietly while staying on the blanket on the living room floor. What sort of quiet time activities have you tried with your little boys? What has worked for your kiddos? How do you KEEP him quiet for an hour so the littler ones don’t wake? (And, to be honest, so I can have an hour to regain my sanity…)
Also, does anyone know of a reasonably priced place to get audio books? (to buy a CD or to download) Alex really wanted a Thomas one, but Audible.com said it couldn’t be purchased in my country…which is the U.S. He loves Curious George, Franklin, Arthur, etc.
I’d love to hear your suggestions! Thanks! :)