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Stephanie - posted on 06/28/2011 ( 131 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 2 on the 14th of July and she has began rejecting naps at her normal nap time and then decides she is sleepy at 4-5 and if we keep her up then she is cranky and whiny. But if we let her take a SHORT nap then she doesnt go to bed at her normal time. she will fight us to go to bed and eventually after pure exhaustion from fighting her to go to sleep we let her in the living room and she falls asleep on the floor or the couch! we used to have her on a strickt schedule where she was in bed at 9 and asleep by 930. now we are lucky if we get her in bed by 10! This is just getting so old. I don't know what I can do to get her to lay in her bed and fall asleep in her bed on her own!! If you have any advise please do share!! I'm kind of afraid to try the cry it out method but with baby number two due next month I'll be willing to try anything!!

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Nancy Jo - posted on 07/02/2011

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This is from a grandma.

My kids never took organized naps after they were about 2, too much to do. If she is tired let her sleep, if not, why drive both of you crazy ? Try a bit of "down-time" sit or lie on the couch when she slows down and just read to her. Maybe she'll nap or just revitalize. In any case, you get to lie down too :) My grandchildren are all very different. The first never wanted to give up and sleep. She was a trial to us all. Now she is college bound. Still can stay up late and get up early and go for broke all day. She's 4th in her class. A musician, a top pitcher for soft ball, and a real go getter. Her sister, 18 months her junior has always been able to lie down and go to sleep my herself. ( Do you suppose we were still walking her sister trying to get her to go to sleep so #2 had to be lain down ? ) She is also an a student, a musician, and a sportswoman.

So, stop stressing yourself, she'll get all the sleep she need. I think it's like trying to regulate their food. They'll eat when they're hungry, and sleep when they're tired.

Lissa - posted on 07/02/2011

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I have to say at this age two of my children had stopped napping during the day but wanting to sleep around 5. If I let them sleep then they too wouldn't fall asleep until very late. Anyway this is what I decided to do and it worked for us. I gave them dinner at 4pm and put them to bed for the night at 5-30pm. Ok so that sounds crazy early but they went to sleep, stayed asleep woke up just before 6a.m but it worked, they were happy and although I can't say I enjoyed being awake at that time but gone were the cranky kids and Mum. We did this for about 6 months then we started adjusting things a little, dinner and bed 15 minutes later for a week then another 15 minutes later for another few weeks until we were on a reasonable schedule without the crankiness.

Kay - posted on 06/30/2011

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I always took my children to story hour at the local library once a week. They both checked out books at the Library after their story time. Then when it was nap time at home, they didn't want to take a nap- I told them to pick out a couple of their books to read instead. Most often my children would fall asleep within a half hour of reading-looking at their books. This practice taught them to enjoy books, and the love of reading-along with taking a break from play-napping or not napping in the eye of the beholder :)

Jamie - posted on 06/30/2011

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My daughter quit taking naps at 2. We do have one hour of quiet time...in her bed with books. She used to fall asleep towards the end of the hour, now she just sings and reads her books. Bedtime is around 8 and she is pretty easy to get down. We tried forcing the issue with naps but it just ended up with everyone being frustrated. This way she rests some and stays in a pretty good mood. Hope it helps! Congratulations

Wanda - posted on 06/30/2011

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Start a new routine. Quiet time in the afternoon,half an hour of reading books or resting. don't insist on sleeping. Make a regular routine at bed time. As kids get older their bedtime will change. Be consistent with the routine. pj's on, brush teeth, read a couple books, hugs and kisses, in to bed.
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Sharlene - posted on 10/20/2011

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My routine with my 18 month old she has also cut out her nap during the day so I keep her busy around 5pm dinner last b ottle at 5.30 then bed between 6 and 6;30 she sleeps all nighta nd wakes up at 7am. best of luck

Shara - posted on 10/20/2011

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I am a mom of two (now 5 and 3) and by no means an expert on anything. I don't think I did things the "right" way or the easiest way (for me) but there was a stage with both my kids at about that age where they did the same thing and I resorted to driving them around in the car to get them to relax and fall asleep. Sometimes they'd cry for a while first but that was just trying to fight it I think and then they'd go to sleep. Maybe you could time you errands where you can be driving back home at naptime. Also, I could never do the "cry it out" thing. It bothered me too much. I may have made things harder on myself but I layed in a big bed with my kids and read them books in very dim light till they fell asleep. Sometimes it takes an hour for the whole routine but everybody is happy. As someone else said, I think that waking her up earlier will make her be sleepy earlier at night. I had the same issues never completely resolved and I wonder if anyone has it perfect.?.

Anne - posted on 10/16/2011

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My husband takes bed time when he is home. We do baths, snack if needed and brush teeth then my husband will lay down with the girls (one at a time) some nights they are out before he leaves the room other nights it still takes them a half hr to fall asleep. Good luck :-) With our 2yr old I put the baby gate in her door way so I know she's not out of her room playing or climbing the stairs in the night while I'm sleeping. Just keep putting her to bed at the same time every night and if she gets up put her back. It might take awhile to break the falling asleep in the livingroom but it can be done :-) and congrats on your second one!!!

Liz - posted on 10/10/2011

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I also like the idea that the child wants to be where you are. So make a small padded area with pillow and blanket near the TV. Only rule is that she may not move from that blanket. Child can see/hear you while in the kitchen, talking on the phone, or tending to younger child. She will soon fall asleep.

Liz - posted on 10/10/2011

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I used to babysit a little girl in the evening until her mother came home from work or if she went out with her friends. The little girl refused to go to bed because she worried her mother wouldn't come for her. I would tell her to lie in the bed but don't go to sleep. If she did fall asleep I would awaken her to remind her not to go to sleep. But you know she did. Next thing she knew, her mother was there to get her. But she's been asleep until then. I guess the little girl knew that she wasn't missing anything if I kept awakening her. So with the few comments I read, the one with the timer is good. Tell the child to just lie quietly in her bed but "Don't go to sleep." (Or she'll miss the timer's ding.) She will be so exhausted watching that thing move so slowly she will fall to sleep in no time.

Bonnie - posted on 08/18/2011

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i had the same issues with all 3 of my children, its a still a learning process no matter how old they are.. this is what i did i mad a chart with pic's so they can understand that in stead of calling it nap time it was quite time(weather they fell asleep or not ) i never shut door but i did put a baby gate up in there door ways and place them in there bed gave them there balnket or what ever they use to go to bed with and said i love you and see you shortly when ur done with quite time will read a book or play a game they you chose most time it worked and the gate thing worked due to the fact my children never felt alone or left out but when i place them in the room i put music on in another room and they did sooth there selves to sleep but when they threw a fit or cryed i would check on them but were they couldnt see me just to make sure it wasnt anything horrible and so i didnt feel guilty... but 9 out 10 it always worked!!! hope this helps

Bonnie - posted on 08/18/2011

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i had the same issues with all 3 of my children, its a still a learning process no matter how old they are.. this is what i did i mad a chart with pic's so they can understand that in stead of calling it nap time it was quite time(weather they fell asleep or not ) i never shut door but i did put a baby gate up in there door ways and place them in there bed gave them there balnket or what ever they use to go to bed with and said i love you and see you shortly when ur done with quite time will read a book or play a game they you chose most time it worked and the gate thing worked due to the fact my children never felt alone or left out but when i place them in the room i put music on in another room and they did sooth there selves to sleep but when they threw a fit or cryed i would check on them but were they couldnt see me just to make sure it wasnt anything horrible and so i didnt feel guilty... but 9 out 10 it always worked!!! hope this helps

Jeni - posted on 08/16/2011

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I used to have that problem with my son and I never found a good answer. I have an older daughter who was in prek at the time and it ended up being he would fall asleep in the car on our way to pick her up (we had a half hour drive one way) and sleep until she woke him up when she got bored on the ride home. It did give him a regular nap of about 45 minutes and he still went to bed at a normal time, but this transistion period about killed me because he always seemed to be sleepy and grumpy!

Robin - posted on 08/16/2011

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I would just try the one nap time at 12:30-1pm and if rejected then keep her busy till 7 - 8 pm for bed time. I find my 2yr old 8 times out 10 has his nap then goes for bed a 7 30 but if he misses out the nap he is sleepy by 5ish but I push him to stay up till at least 630. This seems to work for me. I think 9pm might be a little on the late side, most 2yrs old I know are between 7 and 8. Try it see if it helps? Good luck, I have a 6 mth baby also and she sleeps like a dream now also.

Janell - posted on 08/16/2011

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when my daughter did that we told her there was to be "quiet time" after lunch, as she refused to stay in her room or on her bed we brought out a mattress in the lounge room, she must stay on the mattress and can have books to look at or a cuddly toy. sometimes she would fall asleep, sometimes not. the duration is up to you but most importantly we moved her bed time forward 1.5 hrs. seems like a lot but without the hour during the day it was needed and it did not change wake up time in the morning. a bit of an adjustment but it only took 1-2 weeks to for her to settle earlier. again the rule is quiet time on your bed with books and toy. we found by telling her she did not have to go to sleep she just needed to stay on her bed, she was less resistant and often nodded off on her own. sleep cues like dim light only in the house and soft sleep music in the background and TV off helped too. good luck

Kerry - posted on 08/10/2011

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I think you might have to do the hard things NOW, so baby number 2 can have some mummy time. The cry it out method is awful ( I had to do it with number one son) BUT it does save yur sanity in the end. It helped me that i had a friend visit for the time i would have to listen to the crying, she would tell me to sit down and not let me go until the time was up. Hard work but it worked out the best as that son would take himself to bed just after dark and go straight to sleep with no issues. The daughter i did the go to the bedroom with thing, i would take her and put her in her bed and i would lie down on the other bed, until she went to sleep ( usually i would end up napping for an hour or 2, and ruin my sleep pattern) . Anyway that girl is now 16 and still needs someone in her room to go to sleep. ( she usually shares with her brother so she feels safe, she says she doesnt feel safe on her own, so I wonder if the staying in her room until she went to sleep was the wrong thing to do? ) Whatever you decide to do think ahead of the monsters you may be creating by doing any of the ideas. Good luck I hope you find an answer :)

Erica - posted on 08/09/2011

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As a nanny at one time and a stay at home mom I have dealt with my fair share of nap rejecting kiddos. If I knew that they were tired, we went for a ride in the car around the block until they were asleep. If they are the kind of kid that wakes up if you take them from the car seat to put in the bed take a good book with you in the car. When they fall asleep go back home park the car and read a book or magazine until they wake up. It's worth it so you're not always fighting them constantly. Sure it's a sacrifice getting them in the car or using extra gas, but peace and quiet wins over every time!

Jilene - posted on 08/05/2011

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Talk to your Ped. they can make sure there isn't a reason for the problem and they will give some advice for getting the naps in order. Yu can say if you take no nap your in bed a 7 which is what many parents have done. Good luck!

Eva Marie - posted on 08/04/2011

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my granddaughter did the same at 2, I woke her earlier had little chores for her then place her in bed with the TV on Mama Mia on it always put her to sleep

Michelle - posted on 08/03/2011

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i hated the cry it out thing till i had my 2nd child my son just turned two july 20 and my other son was born on jan 4 we put a radio and a lamp and of course his toys we put him to bed at 8 830 hes normally asleep by 9 or 10 he crys for about 3 sec then just starts playing with his toys in the morning i wake him up 630 7 and he is in his bed covered up and all he naps between 12 1 for about an hr but i can tell u takeing the out side helps alot. and a bed time show we watch the goodnight show on sprout and when we sit down and sing the goodnight song to him. he dosent even cry he just start playing

Michelle - posted on 08/03/2011

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i hated the cry it out thing till i had my 2nd child my son just turned two july 20 and my other son was born on jan 4 we put a radio and a lamp and of course his toys we put him to bed at 8 830 hes normally asleep by 9 or 10 he crys for about 3 sec then just starts playing with his toys in the morning i wake him up 630 7 and he is in his bed covered up and all he naps between 12 1 for about an hr but i can tell u takeing the out side helps alot. and a bed time show we watch the goodnight show on sprout and when we sit down and sing the goodnight song to him. he dosent even cry he just start playing

Britt - posted on 07/30/2011

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i would keep her entertained as much as i could so she isnt whiney show her news things, take a stroller ride or carry her for a walk

Amanda - posted on 07/29/2011

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Have you tried sitting on the floor by her bed? I saw a parenting show where they did that once, and every time the child tried to get up, they were told to lay back down. Other than that, they ignored the child. I'm like you, I don't really like the cry-it-out method, but it seems to work for some. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 07/29/2011

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Have you tried sitting on the floor by her bed? I saw a parenting show where they did that once, and every time the child tried to get up, they were told to lay back down. Other than that, they ignored the child. I'm like you, I don't really like the cry-it-out method, but it seems to work for some. Good luck!

User - posted on 07/26/2011

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Evening walks or runs, outside air makes kids tired or a walk or run outside before nap time. A lot of activity, then snack or drink, and a story to calm, then sleepy time:)

User - posted on 07/26/2011

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Evening walks or runs, outside air makes kids tired or a walk or run outside before nap time. A lot of activity, then snack or drink, and a story to calm, then sleepy time:)

Jaimi - posted on 07/24/2011

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my little boy was the same, so if he did fall asleep going on tea time then i would wake him after half an hour to a hour depending when he fell asleep and it took the edge off the tiredness, seemed to work coz he always still went to bed at his normal bedtime.

Alisha - posted on 07/18/2011

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Put her to bed after dinner. My daughter did the same thing, refusing naps at 2. Just put her to bed earlier and keep her awake until she eats dinner. As long as she's getting a lot of sleep at night then don't make it hard on yourself to force her down for a nap unless she is falling asleep at a good nap time.

Rachel - posted on 07/18/2011

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I was also afraid of the cry it out method, so afraid I have refused to do it with my first and kept her in our bed until age 2. With my son, now 20 months, I finally gave in and tried it. Wasn't as bad as I thought. Originally tried it with him in our "game room" and didn't work because its open to the house. But moved him to his room (on the second floor :() where I was able to close the door and it worked. He cried the first night for less than ten minutes. The next day at nap & bedtime time for less than five. By the third day, he willingly was laying down and going to sleep. Every once in a while he will wake up, I go in and tell him to lay down and he goes right back to sleep. It really was easier than I anticipated, don't know if these results are unusual or not. May consider letting her stay up later for a few days, then backing her bed time back down in small increments. Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 07/15/2011

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Danielle, my daughter is the same way! We did the cry it out method when she was young and it seems to have done the trick for teaching her that when we say its bedtime we mean it! lol! my daughter has begun to take naps again and still goes to bed at the same time and wakes up at the same time! thank goodness she straightened her schedule out again!!

Danielle - posted on 07/14/2011

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My daughter just turned two and has started to do the same exact thing!!! Her bedtime was 9. And always napped at 1pm after lunch. She woke up around 9 or even 10. But now she wakes up at the same time refuses to nap. Same thing as yours. I have now put her to bed at 8pm and she wakes up earlier around 8 or 9. And I put her down for a nap at 2. She sleeps for maybe an hour and is still ready for bed at 8. By putting her to bed earlier and her waking up earlier she wants to nap more. And btw I did the cry it out method when she was much younger (strict bed times) and she would only cry for 10 mins at the most and now she's really good at going to bed (or naps) maybe fuss for 3-5 mins but she knows better now bc I did the cry it out method when she was younger. But then again all kids are different and I believe I have it fairly easy lol good luck!

Jessica - posted on 07/12/2011

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my 2 yr old takes one nap during the day, usually anywhere from 12 or 1 to 2 pm, and we pick him up at 2 from daycare. He goes to bed at 7 p.m every night, because he gets up at 6:30-7 in the morning. Maybe try putting her to bed a little earlier, and if she does refuse to go to bed at her set time, but rather 1-2 hours later, cut her nap down. Only let her power nap, so that she sleeps off a bit of her fatigue, but can still go to bed at night.

Elizabeth [ Betty ] - posted on 07/10/2011

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Busy grams/moms need a bit of a break themselves, so nap times are important . Sometimes things go as planned, and it's wonderful, but do try to just simply know that in the larger scheme of things, this will be one of the easiest to cope with . Kids need to know that mom is the one in charge, and that she is doing so with confidence . Down the road this same child will be able to cope with their own life. Talk about terrible twos ! The terrible teens are much more harrowing . Todays children, are far advanced ,mentally , more "with" it, so to speak. But all is well, just love them with all your heart and soul, and take joy in every moment , For you have been given the children of tomorrows' future, a very very important task ..just know that you CAN do it, with the help of our creator, who knows all , and has faith in YOU .

Hailey - posted on 07/10/2011

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my daughter stoped havin naps at 1 and a half she is 2 nw and still wont nap last night she was up at 5am till 8pm with out a nap god nos how she did it but she was fightin not to sleep but if she dosnt nap i noraml put her bed at half 8 read 2 books let her pick them have a song time maybe sum puppets with your fingers and her night light then kiss and good night has worked for me :) and she use to be a terrer for bed time

Jennifer - posted on 07/10/2011

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Im not sure, because all kids are so different. the behavior sounds like what my daughter was like at that age. and shes still like that. She knows now that i mean business, but it never stops her from trying to get out of it. i hold firm, have a strict policy of no story at nap time(only bed time, doing this also adds incentive to bed time, and its easier to get her to go at night.) also, I changed the name of it from "Nap time" to "Quiet time" Shes alowed to pick one book to take to bed with her, i have a boom box with audio books, and classical music that i play for her.(Not the same as what their looking for in a story from mom.) I have a monitor, and this is my process for her, and it seems to work as longs as i do it exactly the same every time(kids like to know what to expect from us, and they are more at ease when the can rely on your actions to be the same, which might aid in the sleeping too.)
I start out by giving her a 10 min. warning, and also explaining on the digital clock that its her nap time. When that time is almost up i give a 1 min. till nap time warning to whom ever might be listening..lol... When its time, I ask her if she needs to go potty, and offer her a sip of water(i dont allow juice or drinks at all in bed once the bottle is done with.) We proceed to her bedroom, i tell her to choose a stuffed animal and a book, Help her get into bed, i give her a kiss, reminde her of something positive we are doing when she gets up from her "Quiet Time" say sweet dreams and leave the room.
If she comes out or starts carrying on, i will wait 5 min. to see if she keeps it up(often times she calms herself if i wait). If shes does, i go in, put her back in bed, tell her Its quiet time, and that its innapproiate for her to act that way, and leave the room. Again if she cries, i wait another 5 min. If it continues on from there, and i feel like i have to go back in again, i will go in, place her in bed, and walk out. No verbal communication from there on, She knows what i expect of her, and all the chit chat she does around it Just buys her more mommy face time. It seems to be working well as of lately, she doesnt complain as much, and i almost never have to go back in her room, she sometimes doesnt sleep, but i always keep in quiet time for a min. of 45 min. and if she goes to sleep, 2hrs. a lot of it is staying consistent with your response, the times of the nap, and also making them a part of the routine, by giving a ten min. warning,...also sometimes giving her the treat of laying quietly in my room to watch a movie for her quiet time. I've worked it out to where she knows she has to have good days every day, for 5 days in order to earn a movie in my room. It adds incentive for an extended period of time, works well especially if you make a little chart to mark the progress tward the movie nap. Hope it helps. also, most moms dont know, but the serving size for Juice, for young children and adults alike is 3/4 cup. Thats just 6 oz. maybe sugar could be a prob.??? i have my kids drinking Caprisuns Roaring waters instead of any kind of juice.

Lara - posted on 07/09/2011

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My son gave up naps, around his 2nd birthday, too, and, you're right. If you let her nap, you'll be fighting w/ her, all night long. At this point, it's ONE or the OTHER, I'm afraid. I wish I had better advice, but, that's what it boils down to. You either get some relief, in the middle of the afternoon, and keep her up later @ night, OR, you spend the afternoon pulling your hair out, knowing there are only a handful of hours left, until "me" time. Hang in there; you really DO get used to it, eventually.

Mimi - posted on 07/08/2011

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When you put her to bed, read several books to her, and then say, it is time to for Mommy to go, and let her look at her books in the crib until hopefully she falls asleep. Play some quiet music in the background and don't go back in.

Jessica - posted on 07/08/2011

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my boy does the same thing he wont nap the gets real cranky around 4 and out by 5 for a nap my best advice would be is not let em nap cause they they to awke n fight u find somethin to do that dont take a lot of energy like a warm bath for a while or color or read if they happen to fall asleep i guess it gonna be a long night get some sleep while u can. With kids sometimes it works and sometimes it dont

Jeanette - posted on 07/07/2011

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my twins started doing this too! And the only advice i can give is let her stay in her room for nap keep that routine and even if she doesn't sleep it gives you a breather. Mine were doing the same thing and at 4 or 5 they were sleepy so they had dinner early and went to bed about 7:30 and its just a matter of having to deal with the whinning and getting her back on schedule now they are doing pretty good and take a nap about 5 or 6 days out of the week theres an occasional day here and there where they just wont nap.

Lisa - posted on 07/07/2011

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I would suggest that when you take her in to bed,you sit or rock or lay with her and ask her about her day, what she liked ect,read a short story or sing a few songs before leaving her to sleep. If she needs a little more time to wind down, you could put in a quiet CD(classical music, nature sounds).

Mary Louise - posted on 07/06/2011

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There is really not that much you can do. While your child is up do your work, when you want her to lay down lay down with her so at least you can rest even if neither one of you actually sleep.

Suzanne - posted on 07/06/2011

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one more thing...I find it works well when I tell them ahead of time that they are going for a nap. Say to them we are going to do this and then you are going to take a nap and have them say "yes mommy" so that they verbally agree. Then have the same kind of routine like a snack and watch a 30 minute tv show or read books before nap time. It works for me :).

Suzanne - posted on 07/06/2011

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I would definitely do the cry it out method. I have 3 children at 4 yrs, 2 yrs and 1 week and my 2 and 4 year old will go through stages where they don't want to nap, but I don't think of it as even an option. Even if they just refuse to go to sleep which you cannot make them actually go to sleep then they should still stay in their bed for the duration of nap time. I would shut the door if I have to.

Suzanne - posted on 07/06/2011

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I would definitely do the cry it out method. I have 3 children at 4 yrs, 2 yrs and 1 week and my 2 and 4 year old will go through stages where they don't want to nap, but I don't think of it as even an option. Even if they just refuse to go to sleep which you cannot make them actually go to sleep then they should still stay in their bed for the duration of nap time. I would shut the door if I have to.

Carolyn - posted on 07/06/2011

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lie down with her, and both of you have a rest! If she won't sleep, a rest may just keep her going till bed time, and you get a spell also...Read to her, and make it a special relaxing interval.. I would not expect a small child to go to sleep by themselves at all.

Caroline - posted on 07/05/2011

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Try taking her out @4-5o clock.to a playground or a on a playdate,to a swimming pool... Come home 2 hrs later,then it's feeding time,bedtime stories&bed .she ll b out like a light,a bit earlier than 9.00 .gd luck

Caroline - posted on 07/05/2011

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Try taking her out @4-5o clock.to a playground or a on a playdate,to a swimming pool... Come home 2 hrs later,then it's feeding time,bedtime stories&bed .she ll b out like a light,a bit earlier than 9.00 .gd luck

Benny - posted on 07/05/2011

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Keep her busy during day time, have her a usual time dinner and a glass of milk, then give her a shower. Avoid anything that stimulates her sleep.

Oya - posted on 07/05/2011

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we had a similar problem. put her to bed around 530-6pm and she'll sleep until 630am. highly recommend mark weissbluth's book 'healthy sleep habits happy child'

Heather - posted on 07/05/2011

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When my son (4 yrs) place with his toys in bed, I place the toys in a time out and they don't get to sleep with him that night (or for a nap). This works for him and then he doesn't complain about loosing the toys.

Mari - posted on 07/05/2011

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I am a MeMaw to a 2yr old grandson and we stopped napping him in the afternoon and that lasted a week because as you said in the evening around 5/6 he became very cranky so we started him napping again only put him to bed an hour later @ 2:00 and he sleeps until around 4 and then is ready for bed at around 8:30 o'clock Hope this helps you

Tammy - posted on 07/05/2011

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wow,I'm in the same boat,even with baby number 2 next month...I just wing it,it's just a phase,all the excitement with summer then probably her 2nd year molars and the new milestones keeps her excited too,wants to always be on the go...try getting her up earlier in the am's..I find then that if she does skip her nap,she'll at least go to bed earlier in the eve..they aren't 2 forever,treasure even the most difficult times:)

Taylorinco - posted on 07/05/2011

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Just because they don't want to nap doesn't mean they don't need to nap. Remember, you're the mom, you know what's best. If it's best for her (and you) for her to take a nap and then go to bed 9, then you put her down for a nap and put her to bed at 9. It's okay if she cries. She's just testing you to see if she can get out of napping. It's in the nature of kids to push boundaries.

Stacey - posted on 07/05/2011

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I had the same problem when my son was 2. I just put him to bed and let him play by himself so we both had quiet time for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Most of the time he wouldn't sleep but sometimes he would. For us he did have the no-nap phase and I just tried to keep him busy during the day or let him watch a movie. If I was driving somewhere and he fell asleep I would drive around for about a 1/2 hour so he could get a catnap. Now he is 3yrs and 4 months old and WILL NOT nap. I tried for a couple weeks, but after taking 2 hours for him to fall asleep and then sleeping for 2 hours it just got to be too late and he would not go to sleep at bedtime. He didn't cry but had 100 things he had to do and questions to ask and a lot of frustration on our part. I decided not to fight him and now keep him up running around during the day. At bedtime it only takes about 10 minutes and he's out! Good luck with everything.

Betty - posted on 07/05/2011

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When this happened to us, I told my daughter she only gets her pacifier at nap (I gave her a few weeks warning and reminded her every day.) It was great because she would want to take naps to get the pacifier but then later went back and forth between naps to get the pacifier and no nap because she was growing out of them. This was great because it weaned her off both the pacifier and eventually naps when the time was right. We had no troubles with either because of this method.

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