Afternoon Sleeps {Ordinary Moments}

After over seven years, I fear the afternoon sleeps are finally on their way out.

Afternoon sleeps have been my sanity.  My chance to get things done.  My chance to catch up on Phillip and Holly on This Morning.  Or my chance to just be quiet and not have to speak to anyone for a bit.

I’ve always counted myself lucky that each of my children have continued their afternoon snooze well into toddlerhood.  I’m sure my Mum has said in the past that I pretty much gave up sleeping in the afternoon the day she brought my little sister home and I was about 20 months old then.

Little girl with blonde fringe and blue eyes - still needs her afternoon sleeps

Amy is now getting on for 3 and a half.  At the same age, Ben and Chloe were already attending Nursery at school five mornings a week.  I don’t think either of them were having afternoon sleeps then but I do remember that Chloe would basically veg in front of the TV once she’d eaten her lunch until it was time to pick up Ben.  I remember when Ben came close to giving up his afternoon sleep, I re-branded it as “A Quiet Play” and would pop him in his room for half an hour or so to play quietly by himself.  More often than not I would find he went to sleep anyway!

As it stands Amy does two full days at playgroup so obviously doesn’t sleep on those days, and quite often will miss a sleep on a weekend if we’re out and about.  We’re reaching a stage where nine times out of ten she insists she doesn’t want a sleep, and at least half of those I will know she jolly we does.  Sometimes I don’t give her a choice; if we’ve been swimming or if I know it’s the only chance she’ll get for a few days.  Other times we make a judgement together based on her mood.  If she’s grumpy she has to go to bed, if she’s happy she can stay up and we’ll do something together.  She has a similar arrangement with her childminder now on a Wednesday afternoon whereby Ange often gives her the choice – and sometimes she has the foresight to realise for herself that a good kip would be the way forward (like yesterday afternoon for example where she apparently had the best part of a two hours and had to be woken in time for the school run!)

I know the days are numbered.  Soon it won’t even be a question whether she goes for a sleep in the afternoon or not.  The dozing will be restricted to those car journeys where she just couldn’t keep her eyes open any longer or the days where she’s poorly.  Afternoon sleeps will no longer be a part of our routine.  My baby girl is growing up.



  1. March 26, 2017 / 7:21 am

    Noooooooo!!! I don’t know what I’d do without our afternoon sleeps! I fear that Phoebs will give them up a lot sooner than Jack did too, although we did prolong his by letting him have them in our bed (he was nearly 4 when he stopped!) xx

  2. March 26, 2017 / 8:21 am

    You guys have made it to a really good age! I hope that happens with Lena but I doubt it. Nap time is sacred. Although it’s nice not to be restricted by it when it’s done.

  3. March 26, 2017 / 8:50 am

    I am so envious. Troy basically gave up sleeping when Athena started school as it clashed with his nap time and he wasn’t happy to sleep at any other time. So that was when he was about two and a half – I miss that sleep!! x

  4. March 26, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Ours has been missing apps for a couple of years but this weekend away has seen her have some again and it’s so nice. In fact I think every day so far I’ve had a photo of her sleeping in the car. I do miss the daily ones we used to have #TheOrdinaryMoments

  5. March 26, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I’m dreading the day that Holly stops napping, I love that time too to just get things done or have some quiet time. I’m hoping I’ve got until at least the rest of this year with her napping, praying more like! x

  6. March 27, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    oh oh This is like an alert for me…I don’t know what I’d do without our afternoon sleeps! Thanks for let me enjoying more this phase of parenthood!

  7. March 27, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Nooooo the end of the nap is a sad day indeed. Lottie still naps at four but I know our days are numbered too. We are going away soon and I reckon when we come back that will be it. I’m a little worried about our baby boy too to be fair. x

  8. March 27, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Ah I remember when our stopped naps, Jack was very early, he never needed sleep from being born grrr, Joe used to nap at Nursery right up until he left, in fact they are season tickets at Burnley and he even used to have a nap halfway though the match ha ha. I was os worried when he started school how he would get on, but he just adapted really quickly x

  9. March 28, 2017 / 10:22 am

    I agree that naptime used to be my sanity, but sadly my littlest gave them up about 18 months! Putting her in her room for quiet play seems like a great idea though, might try and introduce that – maybe I am too late!!

  10. March 28, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    It is so bittersweet! Ours still naps occasionally at weekend (Thank God!) at nearly four years old, but it can be tough on nursery days when she obviously doesn’t. The grumpiness and the craziness is unbelievable. I used to love nap time!

    • Colette
      March 28, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Amy hasn’t slept during the day since last Weds apart from on two long car journeys . . . *sob*

  11. March 31, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Oh no! I wish afternoon naps were just part of our everyday culture – we should take after the Spanish and just all have lazy afternoons all our life! How lovely would that be? #TheOrdinaryMoments

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