The After-Nap Lull {The Ordinary Moments}

Little Man still has a nap every day and as his sister had stopped napping by this point I am willing his naps to last as long as possible. Every day it’s obvious when he starts to need his nap and we try to hold out until at least half twelve before putting him in his cot.

He wears a sleeping bag for his naps and always sleeps with his beloved Mickey Mouse. After months, if not years, of awful sleep from the babies and them both needing to be rocked to sleep regularly it now still feels like such a luxury that Little Man will fall asleep by himself. It’s taken us quite a long time to get to this point but every day I am thankful that it has become so much easier – that is something that I will never take for granted.

Little Man will sleep for anything from an hour to three hours and LP and I take that time to play, draw, paint, read or watch a movie together. LP is usually quite tired from preschool or swimming so it’s nice to have a couple of hours of chilled out quiet time together.

When Little Man wakes from his nap I take off his sleeping bag and bring him downstairs, with his Mickey. He’ll sit on the sofa and watch whatever LP’s been watching on the TV whilst I get some snacks and milk and then we’ll all sit and relax for a while.

This is one of my favourite times of the day. My cuddly, messy haired Little Man, LP and I. Just relaxing and enjoying the togetherness that after naptime brings.

The After-Nap Lull {The Ordinary Moments}


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Ah, this is so lovely. My son often wakes up just as we have to do the school run, and I do hate rushing him at this time, though he seems used to it. Though I want him to have a long nap!, I do also like the days when he wakes early and we have plenty of time to snuggle together before we have to go out x

  2. Ahh he looks so sweet. I remember those post nap ‘stares’ well. My 4yo doesn’t nap much now, only when we’re in the car in the afternoon, going a fair distance. This is such a lovely post.

  3. I’m amazed at how long he naps for, its great that you have this time with your daughter. Ethan stopped his naps at two and a half he also can’t self soothe which is a complete nightmare. Little E has self soothed from birth and wouldn’t take a dummy, we are amazed by this and pray it continues. Naps on the other hand she is down for ten minutes at the most! I love the photo and that he has a Mickey Moise x

  4. Ahhh the after nap quiet time is so so lovely!!! I’m so nervous that Arthur will stop napping when his little brother comes like Lp did!!!
    LM looks so cute cuddling his Mickey Mouse he definitely has that post nap look about him still all cozy and cuddly I love it!! Xx

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