Nap For Toddler

Jade - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Im trying to get my 2 year old to take a nap during the day because she is so tired at night she wants to go to bed by dinner time. The only problem is she is so stubborn. I can leave her in her room with music or a movie or even in silence and she yells and screams for as long as i will leave here there. Any suggestions?

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Olivia - posted on 08/21/2009

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If she is so tired she will fall asleep, leave her in thier with no distractions, if she screams she screams(and no your not being mean or harmful by doing this), but it is important to have a nap time routine. Even a simple reading her a book and getting her involved in it, having something her favorite drink and toy in bed is very helpful, they need to feel comforted and secure. Try it, if it doesnt work she may be past the stage of wanting an afternoon nap. If so give her dinner earlier than everyone else and enjoy that time with your husband/bf.

Jade - posted on 08/21/2009

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My biggest problem is that if i put her to bed early at night she wakes up at like 5am and then is tired even earlier then next day (altho that never translates into her being tired at like 12 or 1 for nap time). I started letting her cry it out even when she was a baby at night time and she got used to that very quickly. She used to take naps during the day without a fuss as well. Even now she knows she has to stay in her bed but im afraid to tell her it "quiet time" or time to rest incase she thinks she can get out of bed and play quietly cuz then its pointless and she is still exhausted way to early

Nicola - posted on 08/21/2009

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Im having the same problem with my 20mth old. he just wont nap i the days and im thinking this is hindering his talking and other laerning. He just doesnt seem tierd either, just hyper all day untill bedtime. he has 12hrs sleep at night an sometimes has a lie in.

Dont know if im doing right by just letting him stay up through the day or not. sometimes if were out and about he'll drop of in the car for a bit but if were in the house he just wont sleep at all untill bedtime, tried putting him to bed but he wakes up all grumpy an moody and then wont go to sleep till about 9 or 10pm. I let him go as he pleases, if he's tierd he'll sleep if not then he goes to bed earlier, he seems happy with this and saves me having a grumpy baby after the nap.

good luck with yours.

Janet - posted on 08/21/2009

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I would say that a nap is essential for your 2 year old. My one year old takes an afternoon nap for at least an hour, most of the time it's 2hours. I do a routine where I kiss her and we kiss her teddies for a nap. Then I put on something musical like a mobile that goes off after some time. If your girl screams for an hour, then she screams. After the hour get her up and do it tommorow. Eventually she will get used to the routine and see that there is no point to the crying. Mine wouldn' t go for naps very well without crying when she was 7 months old but I would let her cry for a half an hour then get her up. At that age she had two naps a day so then in the afternoon I would put her down again. And after awhile it just became routine and she goes down for a nap and goes down for bed very easily. Repetition was key for me. Hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 08/21/2009

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There are days when my 18-month old doesn't want to take a nap even though I KNOW he needs one! What I do at all naptimes and bedtime is rock him to sleep. And on the days where he isn't interested in napping, that is quite a challenge. He usually screams and squirms for a while but I stay silent and keep rocking. And while I know it seems like "wasted" time, I will do that for up to an hour (I've actually only had to go that long twice). I feel like there is a difference between screaming/crying alone and screaming/crying while someone is holding/rocking you, and my little one has never actually screamed for more than 10 or 12 minutes. Squirm, yes. I would suggest having a routine before naptime, and sticking to it, and call it resting time. I tell my son we are going to rest and sometimes that helps, maybe it takes the pressure off of having to fall asleep. Good luck!

Lynnsey - posted on 08/21/2009

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I tell my three year old that she will get a treat when she gets up. Whether it be a snack or going to the park, but she has to take her nap in order to get it.

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