Quiet Spot in Bedroom?

Tracy - posted on 07/15/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi All,

My little guy is starting to outgrow his naps, I fear. However, I still want him to have quiet time in his room, not only to give me a bit of down time, but also because he only sleeps a maximum of 10 hours at night (not due to scheduling or anything like that. It's just all he sleeps), which I don't think is enough for a 3 year old.

What I'm wondering is this: Have any of you set up a special area in your child's room to be a quiet spot? I've heard of them both for daily quiet time when a child no longer naps, but also for when a child gets very upset and needs to calm down.

I'm thinking of getting a beanbag chair or something like that, with a special blanket, and putting a small collection of books there. (My son's room at the moment is exclusively for sleeping, so the only things in there are his bed, a dresser and a few stuffed animals to sleep with).

I think a quiet spot would be great for when he's getting upset, especially when he needs to get away from his younger brother. But at the same time, I'm worried it might make it more difficult to sleep at night, since he might want to read in his special spot. I also wonder if having a special spot might prevent him from napping on those occasions where he still could manage to get to sleep.

Thoughts? I'm really torn and not sure what to do.

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Dawn - posted on 07/17/2012

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I find that my daughter doesn't usually need a nap anymore. In fact, if she has one, she doesn't go to sleep at night until 11 and we put her down around 8-8:30.



I do quiet time at the same time she used to nap. If my mother's wisdom is accurate, her body is resting even if her conscious mind isn't. I give her books and set a timer. It's not always foolproof, but it works for us and I can still get her to sleep at a reasonable hour.



As far as a special space, whether it's in his room or not, I think it's a great idea. I've seen these cute roll up nap mats in Pinterest. I already have one of those soft toddler sofas that rolls out to a bed, so that's what we use.



Either way, I think he'll sleep just fine at night whether he has quiet time in his room or not, but you know your son better than I do. Do what's best for both of you.

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