Help PLEASE How do I get my Two yr old to stay in bed when its time for his nap.

Jillian - posted on 02/18/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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ust switched to a big boy bed and now We can't get him to stay in bed when we put him down for his naps. we tried the whole putting him back repeatedly and not saying anything but we just ended doing that until it was time to pick up my daughter from school and he end up not taking a nap. how do i keep him from getting back up. I dont have time to stay there and watch him that could take hours.

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Amy - posted on 02/21/2011

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you could try a cd player and say, just stay until music's all done. we got our son one of those turtles that puts stars on the ceiling. he just watches that and then goes right to bed now. We did have to keep putting him in bed for a while.

With his sister, i laid down with her sometimes before we got her the cd player. she'd be asleep in ten minutes with me there. It was so much easier than putting her back in every two minutes. She only did it at nap, but once I put music on, i just told her when the cd was over she could come down, but she had to stay quiet and in bed. She did. No fun. hope something works for you.

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So it sounds like because he has to sleep alone is why is isn't napping. Maybe give him something of his sisters to cuddle with so she is kind of there with him. Have you let him try napping on the couch so that he has the comfort of being around someone? Been sitting here trying to think of some ideas for you but I cant think of any. Hope you find something that works :)

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Jenni - posted on 03/03/2011

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I totally hear ya! My son is hit and miss for his naps. Some days he does alright without one and others he's completely miserable. If I REALLY think he needs to take a nap and he is refusing... (sometime I just let him have quiet time in his room). I sit on the edge of his bed until he falls asleep... most of the time it works for us. Also I find if i put him down too late he's less likely to sleep. Gotta try to catch 'em in that 30 min sleep window.

Kylie - posted on 03/01/2011

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my son is 2 yrs old and as he will not stay in bed i tell him its quiet time, i leave the door open a lil so i can hear him and he is allowed to play i make sure the curtains are closed in case he does fall asleep.

Alicia - posted on 02/23/2011

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I had the say problem with my daughter what i did i would also pretend i would fall asleep, it worked for me. But as you mentioned you might not have the time, don't force him if he doesnt want to. Make him have quite time and give him books and see how it works out.

Jamie - posted on 02/22/2011

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We also did a gate on my sons room door. We just called it quiet time and left a couple toys in his room, not to many though so he would get board, and eventually fall asleep most days. That way I could get stuff done downstairs or sometime lay down in our room if I needed a nap. Good luck!!

Gretchen - posted on 02/22/2011

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We had a similar problem, and this is what we did--put a gate in the doorway (took two tries to find one he couldn't scale), then did the progressive waiting ("Ferber") approach. We just treated his room like a giant crib. Worked like a charm. Good luck!

Kristen - posted on 02/22/2011

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We just close the door, and take away all of the toys in her room. She cried at first, but now she puts her self down for naps. When she doesn't want to go to sleep I tell her she has to stay in bed for quiet time and look at books. Normally she is out within 20 minutes. if she falls asleep on the floor so be it!

Ella - posted on 02/22/2011

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lay with him- he might be lonely. Is there steady routine? Is he really tired?

Jillian - posted on 02/21/2011

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both mostly nap time cause his sister goes to bed with him so he isn't alone at bed time nap time she is at school so he can be more difficult then. as for the quiet time i would love that too but he will not stay in the room soon as i close the door not a minute later he sneeking back out

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I would have to agree, make it quiet time then. Have him play in his room and if he gets tired he may just lay down in bed. I think every mom I talk to say they have this problem.

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If it is just for naps I would say let him stay up. He can just play in his room for "quiet time" because mommy still needs her "quiet time" if he doesn't. This will take some time for him to get used to. However, I would also play music during that time to help cover up sounds you make while doing things so that isn't all he hears and keeps coming out. good luck. Some kids just stop napping by 1-3 yrs old and other nap until kindergarten.

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