my 1 year old will not take a nap unless i lay with her....what can i do??

April - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Jadyn refuses to take a nap i have tried letting her cry it out till she falls asleep but that doesnt work and i try laying her down with a bottle she just drinks it and crys after, about the only way i get her to sleep during the day are drives but i cant just drive around all the time....i never used to have this problem

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Carolina - posted on 08/31/2009

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You could maybe try classical music. I have used it with my kids since birth and it works wonders for me. I sometimes lay down with my youngest son (now 2 1/2yrs) until he falls asleep and then I get up and finish the things I need to get done. Good luck.

April - posted on 08/31/2009

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wow that is crazy! My daughter does the same thing I usually try to get stuff done when shes down cause we all know what its like trying to clean house with a 1 year old messing up everything behind us lol. so nedless to say my house is a total mess!!

Samantha - posted on 08/16/2009

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omg, my daughters name is jaidyn and shes almost 1 and i have the exact same problem!!! too funny lol. she'll sleep at night in her crib fine, but at nap time, if i dont lay with her, she wont sleep. she will cry for hours, literally. finally after 3 1/2 hours i had to give up and lay with her =P

Ashley - posted on 08/16/2009

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I'm having the same problem. I have tried letting him cry it out. Bu thats just not for us. It doesnt work. I lay with him and im just hoping that once he gets more on solid foods and no more nursing than he will learn to sleep on his own. If you find a way with out making him feel abandoned, LET ME KNOW!!! Good luck!!!

Jeannette - posted on 08/16/2009

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Have you tried letting her sleep with a stuff animal??? That has helped with my daughter i let her fall asleep with a bottle of water and her teddy bear after a while that i know she is good and sleep i take the bear and the bottle out of her crib, or you can lay with her til she is asleep in your bed and then just move her to her bed....or you can try patting her on her butt or even rocking her to sleep... hope these help...good luck

Kelly - posted on 08/16/2009

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I did the cry it out method with my son. We had done it for his bedtime first around 9 months old and that was about a week-long time period, but he goes right to bed now. I just started doing the CIO for naps and he seems to have taken to it. It may not be just 3 days of crying, but stick it out. It's worth it for you both. And music definitely helps!

Karen - posted on 08/16/2009

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have u tried putting a radio in the childs room and let him listen to a cd but theres one for toddlers to listen to and it worked for my 2 kids to get them to sleep every night

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My daughter was doing this from about ten motnhs to I year. I started waiting for her to lay down on her own or snuggle with a cuddly instead of trying to go by a set nap time. Now when I put her down she may fuss for one second but then passes out. It was a combo of CIO and adjusting time... but it sure took a few months before she settled into the routine. You'll make it, just figure out what works best for you.

Shannon - posted on 08/16/2009

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The best thing that you can do is let your child cry it out. Yes, you feel bad when they are in there bed crying and you dont want to listen to it, but your child will learn that you are not going to let her win, and that she needs to learn to take naps on her own. I had the same problem. There was many times that my child would lay in their bed for over an hour and screamed and cried but they eventually fell asleep.

Hailey - posted on 08/16/2009

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i just let my little boy stay awake untill he wares himself out most of the time id find him crashed out on the floor with his face in his toys

Julie - posted on 08/16/2009

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Honestly my son did this at the same age and I had to adjust to his time clock which was way easier than trying to force anything!!! I let him stay up and his day became 12 hrs awake but then he slept solid for 12 hrs also which was great!!! If I put him to bed at 8pm he was asleep until 8am which was wonderful. Then up and active all day. I thought he was kinda young to go with no nap but that is just the way he was so I went with it! My other son was a napper but not my first. So maybe if you just go with the no nap thing it will work for you.

Andrea - posted on 08/16/2009

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My Grandma taught me that if you let your child cry it out for 3 days then they will learn that you are not going to give in. I was having the same problem with my son with nap time and at first I didn't think it was going to work but in the end it did. I know it's hard listening to them cry but if you can just get through it then it will help you out in the end.

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i'm a firm beliver in cuddle time naptime. nap when they nap, play when they play and have a clean up party at the end of the day. maybe try putting her down before shes over tired, leave some music playing and sing a softly while rubbing her back. before naptime go for a long walk because fresh air helps children sleep better.

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