What do you do to get your kids to nap?

Lakisha - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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When your kid(s) were younger (months old), what kind of techniques did you use to get them to take naps longer than 20 minutes?

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Ashley - posted on 08/31/2009

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Hi! My daughter is 9.5 months old and I put her down as soon as I start to see she's getting tired. It could be something simple like yawning, or rubbing her eyes. The older she gets the more she fights sleep and I really have to watch her...if it seems she's running on fumes then I just lay her down in her crib. Typically now she gets tired after 2.5-3 hours of being awake. We aim for 11-12 hours of sleep at night and 2 naps of 1-2 hours each during the day. Some days are better than others, but sticking to the schedule works very well.

Kelly - posted on 08/28/2009

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I don't really have a set schedule with my son...my scehdule is really crazy right now..i have work, college, and takin care of him and the house...so what i do is put him in his crib with either his binky or his bottle if it is close to time for him to have one, i put him down right away when i notice he is showing signs of being tired...like pullin on his ear, rubbing his eyes and whining....he sleeps better when i put him to bed right when i notice he is tired......and he is 9 1/2 months old....and i also play some music...it is a bedtime cd that i bought at walmart....

Sallie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Well at first I would take naps with my lil man whenever he did which was maybe 2 or 3 times a day when he was younger in my bed. But now he sleeps in his bed for naps an normally gets up an 8 an then naps for an hr an 11 an then an 2 he sleeps an hr or so pendin on how tiered he is an then maybe he might take a 30min nap at 5 an then its off to bed at 8:30 no matter if sleepy or not but normally he is sleepy or already asleep. An all is done in his bed an he is now 6 1/2 months an we just started the nap in bed deal an he is doin really great.

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Hi! I have a 3 year old and a 9 month old. I really tried to stick to a nap schedule ( I know it's hard!) A couple hours after waking up in the AM for about an hour (waking up at 6 and laying down at 8) and an afternoon nap around noon for a couple hours worked for us. Even if they didn't actually sleep, I knew they were tired and just put them in their beds for some quiet time. Eventually they got used to this as part of our routine and began to actually sleep. Being consistent was the hard part, but paid off after while. Mommy's need some quiet time too :)

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