Help PLEASE How so I get my Two yr old to stay in bed when its time for his nap.

Jillian - posted on 02/18/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Just switched to a big boy bed and now We can't get him to stay in bed when we put him down for his naps. we tried the whole putting him back repeatedly and not saying anything but we just ended doing that until it was time to pick up my daughter from school and he end up not taking a nap. how do i keep him from getting back up. I dont have time to stay there and watch him that could take hours.

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Krista - posted on 02/19/2011

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I agree with the post about setting up a bedtime routine, if you haven't already. We do the same thing before our two year old's nap as we do before bedtime (minus the bath). I lay in bed with him and read him a few short stories and I turn on his sound machine (he never needed one to sleep, but we've got another baby on the way and thought it would be good to get him used to some noise!). After story time, I turn off the lights and we cuddle for a minute or two before I leave and he falls asleep on his own. There are definitely days when he's tired but refuses to sleep...he'll crawl out of bed repeatedly or just scream for me. On those days I'll try another story, more cuddles, or sometimes we'll cuddle on the couch and watch TV for 5 minutes...that never fails to make him sleepy and then I can put him straight to bed. I hope you find something that works - good luck!

Jenny - posted on 02/19/2011

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Hi! I am a grandmom of 10 now,when my kids was younger and grandkids now,try a quick shower and put message lotion.

Carolyn - posted on 02/19/2011

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You can put him in his bed, but you could try letting him do it on his own. When it's time do you rock, read a book, carry him to bed, does he fight & kick? Sounds like he needs a set routine. Like maybe you start with a snack, simple like cheerios & milk, yogurt, oatmeal etc... Then after that a trip to potty if he's not trained? Then a favorite story or 2, set a limit. Then tuck him in & what I would do is sit at his door way. You would be surprised on the results. He just may want a little independence. If he fights you when being held. I would put him in bed & refuse or should I say defuse that situation quick. If your watching him he may feel more secure like your not leaving him. Then when he falls asleep you can just walk away. Yes, this may take several times before he catches on. But he will soon feel better about taking a nap & things will have to wait during this transition. Kids do need some more of your time to set the routine. It does pay off in the end. I would try this for at least 2 weeks. Be insistent as well as persistent, then eventually you will be able to get back to chores or whatever needs to be done. Sounds like he just needs your attention right now. It's part of the job, I would embrace this time. It won't be long he'll be in school as well. They are only little once. Hope this helps, God Bless

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2011

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Ok so you are doing all of the right things.....so my advice wouldn't help.
Maybe if you stay with him until he falls asleep?

Jillian - posted on 02/18/2011

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I know he is cause he becomes a monster and a mother just knows when her baby needs a nap

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