Mom Needs a Nap, Why Don’t My Twins?

Luke and Max are 18 months old now.  It’s about that time when the morning nap becomes a pleasant memory.  But i’m not ready and it seems they aren’t either.  I’ve tried it.  They are so grumpy from the hours of 10 a.m. to noon because they’re tired.  So I scrap the plan to scrap the nap and decide to keep it going.  Then decide not to nap.

As I type this the boys are in their cribs for their afternoon nap.  They’ve been up there for more than an hour and neither has slept yet.  Not a wink.  First they yell at each other across the room.  They jump up and down and make each other laugh.  Cute right?  But they aren’t sleeping.  And we’ll all pay for it later.  They will be bears for the rest of the evening.  I’ve read the books, the blogs, the articles and everyone has a different opinion as to when to ditch the nap and how long kids should sleep.  A recent study showed our kids aren’t getting enough sleep and that children who don’t get enough sleep can become obese.  So much of our kids’ successes are linked to sleep and yet here I am, unable to make my kids nap, and they’re too young to listen to reason.

I stand firm by keeping them in their cribs.  No television, no music, no toys.  Eventually they may nod off, but even so, it’s not enough of a nap to really make a difference.  I wish this blog offered pearls of wisdom but instead it’s the wisdom of others I seek.  How can I make my kids nap?  I really want to take a nap myself but it’s not in the cards.  Feel free to leave your ideas here….I’m pretty much at a loss.