on naps and sleep

Hey, did you know that at some point, babies turn into toddlers, and then they no longer need two or three naps a day? We’ve recently switched Cate to a “one nap per day” schedule, which is quite a bit more exhausting for me (in the sense of not getting a break from all that Crazy Baby Energy). But for the past few nights, she’s been sleeping 11-12 hours straight. Huh.

Since Cate was itty-bitty, I’ve usually kept her awake until I was ready to go to bed. We’d both crash around 10 or 11 at night, and then she’d be up around 7 or 8, which is when I needed to get up too. But lately, I’ve been moving her bedtime earlier and earlier, and she’s been sleeping later and later. Last night, I put her down at 8:15, and she woke up at 8 this morning. I mean, she woke up briefly at 4 a.m., but I brought her to our bed for a cuddle, and she fell back to sleep within about ten minutes. Not too shabby.

Last night, I actually got to watch the season premiere of “Lost” after I put Cate down for the night, and I didn’t have to turn on the captions so I could follow the plot over the sound of happy baby shrieks. Wow. This whole “toddler with a reasonable bedtime” thing might have its perks after all.

One thought on “on naps and sleep

  1. Ooh, Cate is becoming a good sleeper!

    I thought I’d miss the morning nap when e switched to the once-a-day routine, but I don’t. We do stuff in the mornings, like shopping or playdates or whatever, and then the afternoon nap is long enough to catch up on things around the house. And 10-12 hours at night– you can’t beat having those couple hours of downtime to yourself.

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