Awhile back, I did a post on napping. My little guy is still taking a good long afternoon nap, knock on wood, I hope it continues. Being a working stay-at-home mom, this is really the only time I have to get any sort of focused work completed. Sure, I can do little things here and there when he is awake, and believe me, he does love to help. But generally, I try to be attentive and available for him during the non-sleep times. After he goes down for the night, it's pretty hard to get motivated to sit at my computer to work on a spreadsheet or reconcile an account in Quickbooks, so that leaves me with about 2 1/2 hours each afternoon (if I'm lucky) that is dedicated to work, whatever that might consist of on a given day.
As my little guy grows, his sleep needs change as well. This chart I found on BabyCenter.com has come in very helpful when making sure he is getting the shut-eye he needs.
|Age||Nighttime Sleep||Daytime Sleep *||Total Sleep|
|1 month||8||8 (inconsistent)||16|
|3 months||10||5 (3)||15|
|6 months||11||3 1/4 (2)||14 1/4|
|9 months||11||3 (2)||14|
|12 months||11 1/4||2 1/2 (2)||13 3/4|
|18 months||11 1/4||2 1/4 (1)||13 1/2|
|2 years||11||2 (1)||13|
|3 years||10 1/2||1 1/2 (1)||12|
|*Note: number of naps in parentheses|
According to Parents.com, studies show that many kids stop napping around age 4; however, little ones are encouraged to continue daytime sleep (or at least quiet time) throughout their preschool and kindergarten years.
"Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year olds."
~Author, JoJo Jensen