Nap time fun


The past couple months, for nap time, we’ll lay down with Malachi, wait until he falls asleep, then move him to his crib.  Lately, he simply won’t fall asleep.  Sometimes we’ll lay with him for over an hour, and no sleep.  We’ve been moving him to his crib after 30 minutes or so, and letting him fall asleep on his own.  I don’t know if that is the “right” thing to do, but it works.  Yesterday, when we moved him to his crib, he was having a party in there:



  1. I think that it is awesome that you can put him down when he is still awake. Some kids won’t do that at all. Your teaching him to fall asleep on his own which is a good thing. He most definitely has had a lot of changes in these last months. Give him time, he will figure it out. Just keep loving him right where he is at. He is so lucky to have the both of you! Happy New Year to all 4 of you!

  2. One of the skills learned in the orphanage is to put themselves to sleep. Ok, so it wasn’t under the best of circumstances he learned this skill, but it’s something every parent wishes their child could do! There are some orphanage behaviors you don’t want to loose. It’s the “don’t fix what isn’t broken” theory. Also, while he’s developmentally very young, chronologically he’s hitting the age where he is probably in between needing/not needing a nap anymore. They take forever to fall asleep (if they ever do!) but if they don’t get a nap they’re BEARS by about 6:00 pm! LOL During that stage, a rest time is a good transition. Having him lay down for a quiet time, and you determine how long that is. If he falls asleep great, but if he doesn’t he at least had some down time to regenerate a little bit. If he does fall asleep just don’t let him sleep too long. My kids were notorious for falling asleep like 10 minutes before I was going to get them up. LOL

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