With Zoe & Ty, naptime wasn't completely "scheduled". It just sort of happened. And with Ty, it was a matter of necessity that he moved to one nap as soon as possible. Cole, Eli & Ava...different story! Trying to get three babies to agree when that one nap should be is nothing short of a nightmare. Cole's an early napper. Ava's a late napper. Eli...well...he's an ALL DAY napper.
Thirteen days ago, the triplets and I started our journey. We decided it was time to move to one nap. Aside from the fact that two naps really cramped my social life, it was pretty frustrating trying to get "baby-free" things done. With two 1 1/2 hour naps, I really only got about 45 minutes to myself. By the time I got the last baby to sleep...it was usually less than an hour before the first baby was waking up. So I made an executive decision and made naptime 12n (that way I could still pick up Ty from school and get home before the babies fell asleep).
So far, our success rate is about 85%.
A few times, the gang's fallen asleep on the way home from the Y (around 10:30) and I would just wake them up when we got home...feed them...let them play...and then head back out to pick up Ty. They do go back down...but later...like 1p.
Somedays, they fall asleep on the ride home from picking up Ty (around 11:45). The problem with that is, transferring them from the van is not always successful. Usually, it's Eli that wakes up, and then he won't go back down AT ALL.
Then there's days like today: Cole decided he wanted to get up early this morning. Early as in 4:45am. That's not just early, it's INSANE! So by snacktime (10am), he was falling asleep eating his goldfish. I put him down for a nap at 10:30 and came downstairs to find Ava starting to dose off, too. So I put her down and figured I should shoot for the trifecta and put Eli down, as well (usually, he sleeps no matter WHEN you put him down). Sure enough...all three went down without a peep! Now here we are at almost 1:30pm, and I'm starting to hear some stirring.
The problem with this early nap thing is two fold: 1) Bedtime can't come fast enough which means it'll be another early morning and we've got a horrible cycle started & 2) What am I going to do come Sunday when Daylight Savings kicks in?