No nap time!! help

Alix - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 1 month old and my 2 1/2 year old stopped taking naps the day my new baby girl was born. It has been very rough for me, not getting that break. So after a month I gave in and termed in "quite time" in her room. I was much happier and less frustrated. Now she won't stay in her room, despite all of my tactics to get her to stay in. Right now she is out playing in the family room and I have told her mom needs some time by herself so I can send this email. I am back to work in 3 weeks and feel like I haven't accomplished any sort of a new routine with her, what have others done when the napping stops or what ideas do people have for quite time (where is it, how long does it lasts, what do they do, do you get a break during this time?).

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Kim - posted on 02/27/2009

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My mother tells me I stopped napping at 1 years old. Your child knows when she needs rest and apparently, she no longer requires it during the day. I believe routines are overrated. Parents create to make our lives smoother but what we do, in essence, is teach our kids to ignore their own biological response. Kids should eat when hungry and sleep when tired. I think a better question might be how can you help your child develop more comfort with time by herself. Try making it a game. Have her spend time doing, making, constructing something that she will surprise you with when completed. That way she won't want you around will she is creating her masterpiece!

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