In need of some nap time help

Dede - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 22 months old. I have truly created quite the anti crib napper. I nursed her to sleep for her naps until just 2 months ago. I had to stop nursing because I was literally a walking human pacifier. Since then I've been car napping her. I literally drive around until she falls asleep then find some shade, park and read until she starts to wake after about 45 mins then drive again to help her fall back to sleep for another 1/2 hr or so. I'm so envious of others that have children that nap in their cribs. My daughter just screams and screams when we do that. Any advice on nap training. We did the "cry it out" for bedtime over and over and finally she got it just about a month ago. She still wakes at some point during the night but....Please help...Thanks

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Liz - posted on 07/09/2010

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My son is 23 months old, and for the past few months instead of telling him it's time for a sleep, I tell him it's time to hop into bed with some books. I let him choose his books and a couple of toys so he thinks he's in charge of the situation (which I actually am....mwahaha!), put some sleeptime music on and tell him I'll be back soon. If he protests, I tell him he DOESN'T have to go to sleep, cos let's face it, I don't really care as long as he has some down time! He plays, reads or whatever for a while, but absolutely always falls asleep. Hope this helps and best of luck!

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I ended up having to move my little boy to a twin bed after weeks of him screaming every time we put him in his crib. Now, either my husband or I (whoever he wants to cuddle with that day) lay down with him for 10 minutes or so till he falls asleep for naps or at bed time. He loves his new bed, and he sleeps through the night again.

Stacy And - posted on 07/12/2010

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I'm actually going through the same thing, but how did you stop nursing? my daughter is around the same age and I am a walking human pacifier too!

Alison - posted on 07/11/2010

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i had lots of problems with my middle child with sleeping just putting them in cot/bed and u sit on floor not facing them or talking to them every time they get out pick them up and put them back still no talking worked for me in the end

Wendy - posted on 07/11/2010

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And for all those that say you'll never get them out of your bed.... Well I am 36 and I adjusted quite nicely to moving from my mothers bed. The question is Why would you kick your child out of precious bonding time to share, at such a young age and especially in this busy, distracted world?

Wendy - posted on 07/11/2010

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I have NEVER found the cry it out method to be of ANY good quality sleep training..... It teaches our children loneliness, fear, and that mommy and daddy are not coming to their call. I have researched this many times and visually witnessed it both in my home(when i thought I should try it, BIG mistake) and with others. SOME children required more than others to sleep. They are sensitive and need that cuddly mommy or daddy by their side. Others may say you are not a human teddy bear, but I disagree. This is precious bonding time for both you and your daughter.
Now I notices you nursed until recently. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I nursed for a year and then simon just didn't want to nurse anymore.... I got lucky. Your daughter is attached to this bonding experience. Have you tried napping with her? I used to bundle myself , feed him really well and then try to take a nap. With him in my bed. If she's a heavy sleeper you can move her , if you dare. I find that daytime nap is lighter. Or just run her until she can't stay awake anymore, and lay her down in the bed.. THIS ALWAYS WORKS! Eventually they fall asleep. and it will be hard. Parenting is not suppose to be smooth. If she's a light sleeper, try the keeping her busy. Stay at home so she doesn't fall asleep in the car. That's NOT a good habit to get into. UNLESS you think you can pull her from the car. Try this GOOD LUCK, and remember this wonderful phrase I was once blessed with ...."If you listen to them now, they'll listen to you later" it has lighted my path to first time parenting and I hope it helps you with yours!
Many Blessings!

Janine - posted on 07/09/2010

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I wouldnt put her into your bed cause you will never get her out. Good luck with it all:0)

Sara - posted on 07/09/2010

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How does she settle for bed at night? Could you modify that process, or does she nurse to sleep at nighttime too?

Another option would be to try napping somewhere else... a cot, on a sleeping bag on the floor, or even your bed.

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