This post is part of my Disney with Little Ones series. We recently went with our family to Disney World and took our 4 year old, 23 month old, and 5 month old with us, and I survived with my sanity in tact…I think.
When you’ve got 3 kids ages 4 and under, one of the first things a mom will wonder is “What about nap time at Disney?”
The book that I love, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids says take the nap! In their expert opinion, you’ll never regret going back to the hotel/resort for a nap and rest period, and the consequences of skipping rest time could be catastrophic for your kids, namely in the form of a complete meltdown at a restaurant.
But I knew we would only be there for a few days, so I was hesitant to take precious time out of our day to go back for naps. I emailed several friends and asked others on Facebook for their advice and finally, after getting several different responses, I decided to do whatever I wanted to do. There’s no hard and fast rule on this one, but I don’t like to miss anything, so I decided to go with what I thought would work for me. If it flopped, we could take naps the following days at Disney.
So we skipped the naps.
And you know what? No one pitched a fit at a Disney park. And believe me, that’s a huge shock, because my middle child (2) is the best fit pitcher west of the Mississippi.
My little guys became great at napping on the go.
I had no idea how flexible my kids could be until we tried it.
At bath & bedtime, my 4 year old would get a little crazy and irrational, crying over the smallest things. These meltdowns were clear signs of a need for sleep. At the parks, however, she was a happy girl.
And we got creative in looking for ways to help her nap. We brought our iPod with her favorite nap time music, so when it was obvious she was sleepy, we would have her snuggle up in a stroller with the iPod, listening to Fernando Ortega. It worked every time. We also made sure to rent good strollers that would lean back for napping (more on stroller rental in a future post).
Should your kid nap? Well I don’t know, that’s up to you and your family.
But if you want to give it a try, you might find it works to let them nap on the go, as long as you’re fine with lots of pictures like these:
Do you usually let your kids nap on the go? How would you handle naps on vacation?