Having a 5 month old can be quite challenging as there are feedings, diaper changes, play time and let's not forget the running around all day. It can be pretty tiring. That's why naptime is extremely important in my household. Lately my little one has been fighting against his naps, which sometimes drives me insane, figuratively, because I want him to get the rest he needs as well as get things accomplished. There are times when I can clearly see that he is tired and just wants to go sleep, but he hasn't quite grasped the concept of when you’re tired, just go to sleep. He is all about soothing and rocking, which I absolutely love to do with him and I know all he wants is a sense of security from mommy or daddy as he drifts into a peaceful sleep.
What makes it difficult is when my wife is at work and I'm home alone. When he sleeps it gives me the opportunity to get things accomplished, especially with finals coming up. While he naps I try to clean the house, prep for dinner, hopefully do some homework or maybe even relax. Right now as he sleeps he is giving me the opportunity to write this blog, which I am writing very quickly, because as we know babies can be very unpredictable and naptime may come abruptly to an end. There have been times when he only sleeps 20-30 minutes at a time, which does not allow me enough time to shower and shave. Most times I have to choose between the two, so I don't have the luxury of taking my time in the bathroom.
The other day I started to gain a sense of hope as he took a very long nap. Then my wife informed me that as he gets older he will take fewer naps. What a way to knock down my confidence, right? Here I am so excited that I was able to get so many things accomplished, because he slept so well throughout the day, and she decides to rain on my 5 minutes of happiness.
Naps are important! Not just for me getting things done but for his development. Do you realize how important it is to ensure your child is getting enough sleep during nap time? I recently came across an article that talked about Nap Time and its importance. As explained in the article, “research suggests that physical and mental development takes place when kids sleep-both at night and during the day." I want to be that parent who is ensuring that their son is getting the proper rest that is needed so that his physical and mental development progresses, not just so I can get things done around the house.
The article also shared that kids who nap tend to have longer attention spans and are less fussy than their peers. My son is generally a happy baby and isn’t fussy unless he is hungry or sleepy so I can agree that the more time he has to rest, the better. I'm looking forward to his continued progression as the happy baby he is, and it's just an added incentive that it gives me daddy time as well.
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Matthew Gamble Sr. is a father, husband, friend, and blogger. He writes about what it's like to raise Matthew Gamble II also known as M2 as a stay at home father. Join him on his journey into fatherhood with Mr. Daddy Duties!!!