My 3 year old is now at the stage where she is starting to drop naps all together. Having no nap tends to result in a very cranky child by dinner time. It’s clear that she still needs that rest in the afternoon. As a result, we have started to introduce ‘quiet time’. 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).
What’s 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. 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. We also have Something Special ones too.