So day 2 of the great one nap experiment and it's over.
By 10:15am they were starting to get cranky so we gave them snacks. That entertained them for a few minutes but Teeny Tiny was getting that mile long stare. By 11am, the cranky was out in full force, Teeny Tiny rubbing her poor exhausted eyes and Middie Biddie getting in on the whining action. Basically both of them were pissed off and wanted to go to bed.
K normally takes forever to give his opinion. It's one of the few things that bugs me about him. I ask him something, and it's a full 1 or 2 minutes of silence before he answers. So as they were cranking out, I asked him "screw the one nap, put them down now?" and before I had the question fully out there he enthusiastically shouted "yes!"
The old method may not have been perfect but 3 out of 4 members of the household were damned happy using it. Middie Biddie would have her moments of annoyance with it, but was content for the most part. So it just makes sense to continue with what makes 3 out of 4 happy rather than what's making 4 out of 4 miserable.
They probably just need a more gentle transition to the new schedule. So I think we'll go back to letting them take their first nap whenever they want, then having crib time around 4pm and start limiting how long that quiet time is allowed to last regardless of sleep status. I guess we'll just spend the next month gently pushing the morning nap a wee bit later and shortening the afternoon quiet time until they consolidate naturally into one nap.
Now that I've tried keeping them awake more during the day to interact with us, I feel much less guilt about them having potentially too much crib time. They were NOT happy about being interactive and playing in the play rooms for that much of the day. Now I can let them have their crib time and feel confident that it's as much about their happiness as it is for mine. At least for another few weeks anyway. These things are constantly changing!