While getting out between naps is great, sometimes you need just a little more time together as a family or to go to an event. Whether it is the holiday season, you are going on vacation or need to take the little one to a Dr appointment, you need to be able to have flexibility in your routine.
Honestly, in the early days with my older son, I was not the best at flexibility. I had a great sleeper, I wanted to keep them that way. I varied from our routine only when on vacation and only a little bit.
However, over time I have come to realize that we all need a break from the routine sometimes. This includes our little ones. Sometimes we need to go to a birthday party, on a long drive somewhere to visit family or even stay up a little late to watch fireworks. These things are important for our children, important for their memories and important for life experiences. I want you to know that it is ok to have some flexibility in your little one’s sleep schedule. If you just follow this little rule, they will get back on track quickly.
It’s called the 80 / 20 rule. It is nice and easy to remember, because it is just as it sounds:
80% of the time:
Stick to the plan. Stay on the schedule that age appropriate schedule which keeps your child well rested.
20% of the time:
Go out and have fun! Skip a nap every now and then, push out bedtime a little.
After the 20%:
If you offer up early bedtimes when needed and jump back into the routine when you can, then your little one will remain a good sleeper.
Sometimes, we need to have flexibility and a little fun ;). Healthy sleep is important for our child’s growth, cognitive ability, disposition and immune system – so we must honor that sleep. But break the rules now and then, because life needs balance.
Please reach out to me if I can help you further.
Certified Sleep Consultant
Good Night Sleep Site Florida