Quiet Time vs. Nap Time
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It may be difficult to transition to no nap for some preschoolers. This is why we implemented quiet time in our house. Quiet time is a time for both Mom and child to rest, relax, and recharge. It allows children to calm down and let their bodies relax even if not napping.
In our house, we use an okay to wake clock for quiet time (and in the mornings) and this really helps our girl know when quiet time is up and they are okay to come down. Every day we set our clock for 90 minutes and tell our daughter to listen to her body and her brain during quiet time.
*You may need to start with a smaller amount of time to ensure success with quiet time and work your way up to your goal. A good amount of quiet time for your child is what works best for you both. I’ve seen families do anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
We made sure her room was completely childproof and we only allow her to use materials that are calming and not stimulating. We don’t allow toys with batteries or tablet time during her quiet time as this can often be very stimulating for young children.
Examples of items we let her use during the quiet time are puzzles, crayola color wonder books/utensils (we don’t trust her with normal crayons and markers out of our view just yet as she has colored on the walls too many times), dolls, cars, stuffed animals, and books. Other items that may be good for this would be blocks, magnatiles, etc…
We usually have her sit in bed or a big bean bag chair and bring her toys over to that spot during quiet time as we found this helped her to calm down. In the beginning, there were many times she would fall asleep during her quiet time in which case we would go up after 15-30 minutes of her sleeping and quietly wake her up and allow her to come downstairs.
She now is almost four and loves her quiet time. Possibly because she doesn’t have to share with her sister or worry about anyone else bothering her while she is playing quietly.
It works great in our schedule as we have a toddler at home who still naps and will have a newborn soon as well. We are hoping to keep this quiet time as long as we can and simply switch out the materials she uses as she gets older.