We knew this day was inevitably going to come but now it is official, Emilia has stopped her daytime naps! On rare occasions she will go down for an hour or two if she is really tired or after a late night but normally she's perfectly content to last the whole day. Around the time we noticed she wasn't sleeping we started to do "quiet time" in her room. That worked really well for a few weeks and she did a good job of playing quietly with her toys. Then she began leaving her room after a few minutes and sneaking into Daddy's office (where we keep the iPads). I'm no perfect parent by any means but I do have a bit of a problem with too much iPad/TV time. We do allow Emilia & Eduardo to play with their iPads but we TRY to limit it to when we're travelling. Anyway, long story short I figured there were far more stimulating things she could be doing in the afternoon so now Emilia doesn't nap anymore and we have mummy/daughter bonding time where we do some kind of quiet & calm activity together. Yesterday it was playing with Play-doh, other days it's been baking, tea parties or reading. It just depends on her mood and what we feel like! I was a bit worried at first that I wouldn't be able to get anything done and that I'd lose a huge chunk of my day (this is normally when I get all of my blogging/editing done) but I actually find myself really enjoying this special time with just the two of us. (And thankfully Emilia is so independent it's not too difficult to multi-task! ;)
...And then sometimes we do things like this! She wanted to do "crazy dancing" so this is what we came up with! Have any of my other mamas reading experience the end of naptime? What are some replacement activities you recommend? I would love to know your tips/advice!