My 3 year old is now at the stage where she is starting to drop naps all together. We tried for a while to see how she got on without them but it generally resulted in a very cranky child by dinnertime so we have started to introduce ‘quiet time’ instead. Whilst Jessica will object to being told she is going for a nap, she is generally quite happy to go to bed and choose a ‘special toy’ from the quiet time box and then be left in her cot for a little while (usually about 30-45 minutes if she doesn’t sleep although most of the time, I’ll pop back upstairs 10 minutes into her quiet time and she will be fast asleep).
Here’s a selection of the things inside our quiet time box:
- Two cloth books – I especially like these as one of them has lots of puzzles – matching shapes and things like that – and the other one has a little teddy bear and each page has different activities involving getting teddy ready for bed. They were a gift for Jessica from Grandma who bought them at the Christmas craft fair at RHS Wisley.
- A box of small board books – currently we have Dora the Explorer ones although we also have a set of In the Night Garden ones so we can alternate them.
- Some small jigsaws
- A pack of cards – currently these are In the Night Garden pairs ones which were free with the magazine but we also have Something Special ones too.