Waiting for your baby’s nap to start cooking, cleaning, laundry and other chores?
I wait for my baby’s nap but not for doing all these things. I anticipate this time of the day, because I can finally relax. That’s my nap time rule since my daughter’s infancy when she had super short 30-40 min naps. It becomes exhausting over time when I constantly on the go, so I decided that I’m relaxing – when she’s sleeping. And all my housework can wait.
I know the second question would be: How do all the chores get done with an active toddler nearby? That’s the question I’ve heard from one of my friends. It’s very simple – do it with your child. Well, maybe not literally with the child (although it’s a good idea), but during the awake time.
I almost always do all the work when my daughter is not sleeping. And don’t assume she’s an easy baby, who would just play by herself while I’m busy in the kitchen. No, no, it’s not the case. This little monkey needs me to entertain her all the time. And I do…while cooking, cleaning, doing laundry. And if I still need to make dishes or mop the floor but it’s already time for her nap, I’ll leave everything as it is. I’m OK with it. I’ll finish it when my daughter wakes up.
I’ve heard so many moms who wait until their kids go for nap to finally start doing things around the house. They would moan about overwhelming exhaustion and lack of personal time. But the truth is – we can make life simpler. Make a rule for yourself – not work when child is sleeping, make some time for yourself, and get to love yourself. Do your thing: stretch your feet, do some yoga, browse the web or just watch Netflix. Recharge yourself. Your children need relaxed and well rested mom, not exhausted mom.
Ok, now I’m very curious to know how do you spend your baby’s nap time? Are you spending time for yourself or doing chores?