9 things to do during nap-time to help the rest of your day run smoother

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Parenting. One single word can bring to mind so many thoughts, feelings, and emotions. For me, as a parent who also works from home, I feel like some days I am simply overwhelmed. Between wanting to keep a clean home, be good at my job, spend time with Daisy, and Thomas, and make time for myself the overwhelm can be strong sometimes. Today, during nap-time, I decided to write a post suggesting to you 9 things to during nap-time to help the rest of your day run smoother!

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9 things to do during nap-time to help the rest of your day run smoother

Before I start my list let me say that this is what I do personally. Naps in our home typically last for 30-60 minutes, so I don’t do all of these jobs during every nap. Some nap-times I will focus on self-care as a parent, other nap-times I will work on the cleaning and admin tasks. If your child is napping and you just want to sit there and decompress, then do that! Don’t feel guilty! Also, avoid comparing yourself to others. Let’s be real here and say that for me, as a parent, I often have days when I just sit there and revel in the peace and quiet. I don’t do a single job on this list and I just watch Netflix and eat crisps. BLISS!

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Plan dinner

The number one thing that I can do, in our home, is to put dinner in the slow cooker. If Daisy wakes up and the rest of the afternoon goes to hell then it doesn’t matter! Dinner is ready, or almost ready, and I can have something hot waiting the moment Daisy goes to bed. If the afternoon goes that badly! If I have lots of spare time during nap-time then I will meal plan and write a shopping list for the next week’s dinners.

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Clean

I usually start with washing up and tidying the living room. I don’t pack Daisy’s toys away during the day because she just gets them out again later. However, if she has a toy out that doesn’t stay out, like her train set, I usually pack that away while she’s asleep.

Other times I will de-clutter a surface, cupboard or entire room in our home. Sometimes I complete one day from my 30-day de-clutter challenge. I love doing this in 15-minute bursts and find that this is just long enough to make a difference without losing my focus.

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Make a hot drink

This is self-explanatory really. A hot drink, often a coffee, keeps me going through the afternoon once Daisy is awake. I love to use my Tassimo machine and I’m always saving money on Tassimo pods.

Exercise

I have *Alexa so sometimes I will just do a 7-minute workout. Other times I do a 15-minute workout. If Daisy is still looking settled on our video monitor then I complete another 15-minute workout. This often takes up most of nap-time but the boost to my mood is fantastic and makes the afternoon run smoother for us. Especially if Daisy is a bit moany! 

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Take a nap

If I’m feeling run down, or have just recovered from a bout of illness then I take a nap. I don’t feel guilty and I find that the 20-40 minutes I usually get is just enough to pick me up until bedtime. If you’re tired, and your little one is going to sleep, then take a nap! The jobs will still be there come the evening when your little one is asleep again. Finding me time as a parent is so important!

Have a shower

Typically I’ve had a shower before this time of the day but if I’ve exercised then I love a quick shower. I try to use refreshing and uplifting scents in my shower, such as lemon, and this perks me up for the rest of the day.

Do your hair and make-up

If I’m going out later in the day then I spend time straightening my hair and applying make-up. That way when Daisy is awake I just have to focus on getting her washed and dressed. This saves us time and more importantly it makes me feel better about myself. When I take photographs with Daisy I look fresher and this makes me happy!

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Put the washing on

It only takes a couple of minutes to put a load of washing on. If I start this at the beginning of Daisy’s nap-time I can usually get a load completed and on the heated airer before she wakes up. Even just loading the machine and running the 28-minute cycle is a great help. Then I empty it once Daisy is in bed in the evening if I’ve run out of time.

Do nothing

I like to ensure that I use nap-time effectively. Without guilt. Whether this is sitting relaxing, eating a healthy lunch or completing chores I mostly do something for me or my home. Completing chores and prepping dinner makes the afternoon run smoother. Having a coffee, or just watching television helps me relax and in turn makes the afternoon run smoother too. Whatever you decide to do during nap-time do it without feeling guilty. You deserve to rest, and if you want to exercise then that is great for your mental and physical health! If you’re having a day where you need to do nothing then do nothing! Don’t feel guilty. Don’t worry about what you’ll need to do later. Try to relax. Enjoy the peace. Read a trashy magazine, watch television, enjoy the peace. Do whatever your version of nothing is! I love to listen to a Spotify playlist while I lay on the sofa.

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22 Responses

  1. Sim @ Sim's Life March 17, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Some fabulous tips, I only wish I could experience the peace of nap time again! Alas, long gone for me now, however if I could have a nap I would appreciate that! 🙂 Cannot agree more with using a slow cooker! Sim x

  2. Sophia Ford March 17, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Yes, yes, yes to all of this! I get so much done during nap time (which is why I am dreading them stopping!) ESPECIALLY sorting dinner. I doubt we’d ever eat otherwise, ha! xo

    • katykicker March 26, 2018 / 6:32 am

      Oh gosh – same here!! Maybe I should be using the time to batch cook or something!

  3. Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn March 17, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Oh, I miss nap times so much! When my first two children were little, the both used to sleep for at least two hours a day and I would get so much done! My house was spotless, I was always cooking lovely food, and some days I’d just watch TV for two hours. Now my life is all kinds of chaos ha ha!!

  4. Beth March 17, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Great tips!!! 🙂 I love nap times… although in this house it’s rare to get all the young ones nap together. Haha!

  5. Jenny March 18, 2018 / 6:04 am

    Ah my two quit naps at 12 months and with twins I would have loved a few mins during the day to myself. I think lots of at-home parents forget the need of self care.

  6. Ondo Lady March 18, 2018 / 9:53 am

    They said you should grab your sleep when the baby naps so you have your energy when they are up. I guess if you are not sleepy then that is a great time to do some cooking.

  7. Rachel March 18, 2018 / 10:41 am

    These are really good tips – the importance of making yourself a hot drink – can’t beat that and your selection looks amazing!

  8. Ger (It's Me & Ethan) March 18, 2018 / 10:42 am

    Wow I remember nap time. I miss nap time! Some grand advice here ! My favourite thing to do when we had a nap time was to do absolutely nothing . I was pretty good at it too 😉

  9. Claire Justine March 18, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Great tips. I remember these days well, I use to take a nap too 🙂

  10. Rachael March 18, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I definitely used to use nap times to either shower or sleep myself. I would only really declutter in the later days of nap-hood, cause I just didn’t have the energy at the beginning.

  11. Cal at Family Makes March 18, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Ah, I remember these days of squeezing in as many little jobs as possible while the little one(s) slept! Now it’s a case of how much I can get done before they get in from school like whirlwinds and undo all my hard work again!

  12. ellie land March 18, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Some great tips and I think the most important is to remember to take a nap yourself if you are shattered!

  13. Laura Dove March 18, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Ahh see I have the small issue of the fact that none of my children have ever napped!! Or at least, on the rare occasion one of them did, the others certainly didn’t!

  14. Emily Leary March 19, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    You sound so well organised! I remember the days when I used to try to get various household chores done in the house if/when the kids had nap times but now that they’re both at school I tend to work at my desk for most of the day! I often feel like having a nap time myself but it never seems to happen!

    • katykicker March 26, 2018 / 6:32 am

      You really should, you deserve a nap as you work so hard! x

  15. Jen March 19, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Some fab tips, especially for those working from home. My daughter has decided she no longer wants a nap and it makes me want to weep!

  16. Wendy March 19, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Yes to all of this! Especially the last one, I try to have a do nothing Naptime atleast once a week, usually I’m either cleaning or working on the computer so it’s nice to spend one day a week just sownding a couple hours doing whatever I fancy xx

    • katykicker March 26, 2018 / 6:33 am

      I think I’m going to start trying to do this once a week religiously, as I’m sure it’d really help me!

  17. Mudpie Fridays March 19, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Some great ideas, I tend to work. Although I probably should clean or put a wash on. I treated myself to a heated airer this Winter (so glam!!) and I honestly wouldn’t be without now. Life changer!! x

  18. Elizabeth March 20, 2018 / 7:39 am

    Slow cookers are such a lifesaver aren’t they? Mine broke recently and I’m really missing it!

  19. Kerry norris March 20, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I used to do most of this when mine were at a napping age. Those napping hours are crucial to getting things done. I also used to love sitting down and having a relax and a hot drink x

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