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No More Naps? Tips for a Smooth Transition to Quiet Time



Have you tried quiet time without success? You need your peace and guess what? They might not admit it, but your kids need peace too. It’s time to give it another try. Here are our best tips to help you restore afternoon calm.



CLEAR EXPECTATIONS 

At the start they are going to need lots of preparation. A week before your first quiet time explain how it’s going to work and everything they can expect when it starts. Explaining that even though their bodies don't need extra sleep in the day, their brain still needs a break.


MAKE A QUIET TIME ROUTINE

It can be as simple as two or three steps that always lead to quiet time. A great quiet time routine would be to start with snack time, then play with them for 10 minutes before starting quiet time. Connecting with them in their play space can make a big difference in jump starting solo play. Be clear from the start how long you will be with them before you leave the room.


COUNTDOWN TO QUIET TIME 

After you have established a quiet time routine, they will still need plenty of warning every day. As you talk about your day in the morning, make sure they know where quiet time will fit in their day. Countdown to quiet time by giving them 10 minute and 5 minute warnings.


BE CONSISTENT 

It might take a few days for your child to accept the new quiet time routine. Stay the course. To help you stay consistent, pair it with something else you do every day, like preschool or lunch time. If travel or sickness gets you off course, just start again, expecting push back the first few days.


LET THEM BE BORED 

You don’t need to set up a series of activities to keep them entertained. Not only is it okay for kids to be bored, it’s good for them. Give them the time and space to use their imagination. No screens.


SET A TIMER 

A small timer your child can bring into their quiet time space with them is ideal, avoiding the constant "how much longer?" yelling down the hall. A simple kitchen timer works great.



Quiet time was a game-changer in our home. I hope these tips help restore the much-needed peace to your afternoons.




Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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