Those little newborns sleep so much, it seems like all they do is eat, poop, and sleep. Then as they grow that all changes, they sleep long at night, but their day time rest gets shorter and shorter and shorter, until it seems like they are up all day and with you all day, and no one gets any rest!
Ahh… rest, so important, yet it seems so evasive. God showed us the importance of rest by setting an example of taking rest in Genesis, during the creation of the world. He even commanded that his people take rest. God, being our creator, new the importance of rest. Rest is so important for our bodies and our minds. Here we are going to be talking about day time rest, rest from one another, and rest from labor (play for little ones).
Have you ever been around someone all day, and all night, and all day the next day, and you start taking them for granted and they start to become annoying? A break from one another is good. It is good for siblings and good for parents. Rest went through many transitions at our house:
- Nap Time. Rest started out for the little ones as a routine, a schedule of naps through the day that eventually dwindled to 1 afternoon nap. We followed the Baby wise plan for this.
- Rest Time. When my little ones started occasionally skipping a nap, but usually still needed one. I allowed them to pick a certain number of toys and a few books to look at in bed. They were still required to stay in bed.
- Quiet Time. Once they skipped naps most days (did not sleep during rest time), we transitioned to quiet time.
Quiet time took a little more training than the rest time, because it had more freedoms. If the freedom was broken, freedom was taken away. When we transitioned to quiet time I allowed the child to get out of bed, but they must stay in their room. At the beginning of training, if they left their room they received a spanking, once we were settled into the Continue reading