Two things: What do I do when my 2 year old REFUSES to lay down for a nap and brush his teeth!? HELP

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Jocelyn - posted on 07/14/2009

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Quoting Jessica:



Quoting Lisa:

My 2 year old (almost 3) doesnt nap anymore and hasn't for a while. Occasionally if he is tired enought he will fall asleep in the car, or just randomly in different places. At first when they quit napping i think it takes a while for them to get used to it and they can still be cranky, but eventually they get used to it. But i didnt see the point in making him go for a nap if he wasn't going to sleep.
As for toothbrush, i got my son a cool electric toothbrush when he hated brushing his teeth, and he loves it. I always do it first then let him try.






I agree with the electric toothbrush as well. They have different cartoon characters and kids seem to enjoy them better than regular ones and I find it easier to brush their teeth with electric ones





i also agree with the electric toothbrush.  my son loves it (he's 2.5 and had his shrek toothbrush for a couple months, with no fights)  i let him brush first, and then i brush (quickly) after him.  good luck!

Kylie - posted on 07/14/2009

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my 2 1/2 yr old daughter doesnt like having nap time either, but she is too grumpy at the end of the day if she doesnt have it, so i put her in bed and just sit on the end of her bed and wait till she calms down and falls asleep. it usually takes about 20mins, and i just take a book for myself to read int here and quietly read. She has much yelling and crying because shes so tired but doesnt wanna sleep. so i dont no if that will work for you, but u can try.
as for the brushing of teeth, my daughter used to hate doing it, so we made it a game. also, if ur using toothpaste, check the taste of the toothpaste, as they can be quite offputting for the younger ones. to get my daughter to brush her teeth, we got her to watch mummy and daddy doing it and explained that it makes your teeth "feel better". lol, with lots of laughing and playing, not all seriousness. GOOD LUCK!!

Angela - posted on 07/14/2009

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I agree with Rebecca. Maybe try calling it something else. Say that they don't have to sleep just be quiet for a while. I did this with Kindergarteners. Most of them were out like lights, but those who didn't need the rest would be quiet for those who needed it.

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

My 2 year old (almost 3) doesnt nap anymore and hasn't for a while. Occasionally if he is tired enought he will fall asleep in the car, or just randomly in different places. At first when they quit napping i think it takes a while for them to get used to it and they can still be cranky, but eventually they get used to it. But i didnt see the point in making him go for a nap if he wasn't going to sleep.
As for toothbrush, i got my son a cool electric toothbrush when he hated brushing his teeth, and he loves it. I always do it first then let him try.



I agree with the electric toothbrush as well. They have different cartoon characters and kids seem to enjoy them better than regular ones and I find it easier to brush their teeth with electric ones

Ashley - posted on 07/14/2009

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nap time- I make my 3 yr old take naps and she never wants to by, telling her we can't do this........ unless you take a nap....... same with brushing the teeth or I say I'll brush them for you or time out is always an otpion works pretty well actually....Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 07/14/2009

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My 2 year old (almost 3) doesnt nap anymore and hasn't for a while. Occasionally if he is tired enought he will fall asleep in the car, or just randomly in different places. At first when they quit napping i think it takes a while for them to get used to it and they can still be cranky, but eventually they get used to it. But i didnt see the point in making him go for a nap if he wasn't going to sleep.

As for toothbrush, i got my son a cool electric toothbrush when he hated brushing his teeth, and he loves it. I always do it first then let him try.

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2009

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I told my daughter that there are germs like little bugs on her teeth and that if she didn't brush them they would eat her teeth and cause her to have cavaties. She was about 2-3 when I explained it to her and have had no problems with her refusing to brush teeth anymore because she hates the thought of germs eating her teeth which is truthfully what will happen. Also there are books explaining the importance of taking care of your teeth for kids and I got an activity book from my dentist that was fun for her and educational about brushing teeth.

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2009

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Get him to chew on his toothbrush first so he gets used to it! If you have already tried that then I'm at a loss! IT's all i got! lol

Emma - posted on 07/14/2009

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Sometimes kids grow out off napping and don't want to so obviously they will refuse. My 15month old no longer naps unless she is teething/ill and this is very rare but the advantage of not wanting to take a nap is that he will no doubt sleep longer during the night. I know my daughter sleeps from 8/9 till 9/10 the next morning. If the nap thing is a problem and you want your son to nap then I think Rebecca's idea of 'quiet' time is good. As far as refusing to brush his teethe my niece and nephew used to refuse to brush theirs but I told them that they would have to visit the dentist more often than they would if they brushed them this worked a treat but obviously they would have had to have been the dentist lol. Hope this helps

Rebecca - posted on 07/14/2009

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Well, I don't know much about the brushing of his teeth, but as far as a nap goes...instead of calling it "Nap time" Try doing a "Quiet Time" explain to him that he doesn't have to sleep, he can read or play quietly in his bed. 9 times out of 10 he'll end up falling asleep, and if he doesn't, it's still down time for him and you.

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