2 childs sleep and nap on the same time?

Annie - posted on 04/07/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I wonder any mum of 2 kids manage to make both can sleep and nap in the same time? I have a 2 and half year old girl and 1 year old son which I never come across that both can nap or sleep on the sametime. I found both have diffrence sleeping habit. My daughter is more independent she only sleep when she tell me so. But my son got a routine of sleeping but I got to be there with him until he dose off in a quiet room. But if I have my son in the room with his sister he would never want to go to sleep as he think his sister there to play with him. Instead my daughter could go to sleep if she really tired...but she never have a pattern that much...even her can have nap time early in the morning and sometime very in the evening or not at all. Night time my son goes on the sametime every night but my daughter still need security where she wanted all of us goes to bed and have all the light off and sleep with her....unless she is very tired she would fall asleep anywhere. I need help as I am expecting again...I am very tired and wanted to rest or prehap nap if both can be asleep on the sametime that be just great.

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Amy - posted on 04/09/2011

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My daughter has napped with my son since he was a year old. she is now 4 1/2 and he's 2. They STILL nap at the same time and go to bed at teh same time. I never really gave them an option, though. Naptime was naptime and time to be quiet. Even if my daughter was a stubborn 3 year old and didn't WANT to nap, she was to lay down in her room with perhaps music on really low and be quiet for at least the duration of the cd.

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Michelle - posted on 04/12/2011

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With my oldest two (twins) I started off putting them down at the same time. When my third child came he took 2 naps a day,morning and afternoon, and my oldest two where down to one afternoon nap. So that wasn't to bad. They were all excited to take naps together so I worked on them for a couple of weeks and then no problems. It also helped that they all share a room so sleeping together was no big deal.

What I found was that my third and fourth children didn't take as many naps for as long as the other two. Mainly, we were all busy with activities so don't be surprised if the youngest outgrows naps sooner than the older one does.

Just start putting them down together and work on them and hopefully in a few weeks it will all work out.

Good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 04/12/2011

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The other thing you can try is laying in bed with both of them. Try napping all together. That way, even if they aren't sleeping, they'll be quiet.

Another thing you can try is having them build a fort, perhaps out of couch cushions, and let them nap together within it?

Annie - posted on 04/11/2011

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Thk u ladies, ..I tried hard route with my son where I leave him in the cot and let him cry then my daughter she dose off no problem having him crying but he was hard one...he didn't stop cry although I can see his eye already close but still he is trying to get up. For me it was nightmare. I like play soft...I can't watch them suffer.
Today, I try to kept them both awake until about 3pm then...it was abit miserable as both was so tired...then...they did fall asleep on the same time in the same room...
I guess I just have to keep on trying.

Michelle - posted on 04/09/2011

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My two older ones have been on the same nap schedule since my daughter was about a year old. I just put them down at the same time. It's part of their routine and they do it. Sometimes my son sits in his bed and looks at books for a little while but he does go to sleep eventually. When I was pregnant with my third it was a huge help to get a nap during the day. Of course now the third one is four months old and does not nap when they do so I don't get to nap anymore.

Montana - posted on 04/09/2011

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Somehow I have gotten very lucky and my kids nap at the same time. Well... I say nap but let me specify. My son naps. He is 1. My daughter is 4. She doesnt actually sleep anymore but she stays in her room for "rest" time. Idk... I guess I have always just MADE it happen by making it manditory. Sometimes the baby wants to nap early and my daughter isnt ready. I will just find a nice quiet activity for her to do in her own room. If I NEED them to both nap at the same time for my sanity, I just push the naptime back a little. The baby might fuss but if I entertain him enough he can hold out.

Jenny - posted on 04/07/2011

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tricky tricky. Idealy you need both your kids to be much more independent when it comes to sleep.

I have a 2.4year old and a 10 month old. What i do is wait for when my 10mo is tiered for her midday nap - around 11.30am and put her to sleep in one room, then put my 2year old to sleep in his own room, and i dont care if he puts up a fuss, i tell him its nap time and thats just what it is. I dont let him get away with it. And with repetition he's an excellent sleeper. It helps a lot when i tell him "okay its going to be nap time soon". Then remind him again twice and then finally say "okay its nap time now" and he usually goes down happy :)

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