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I don't know how to get Aly to take a nap during the day now that she's not in her crib.
We moved her this weekend because for the past week (last week), she was trying climb out and screaming and shouting and causing a rukus. I thought, maybe she is trying to tell us she doesn't like to be caged in anymore---I was hoping I was wrong, b/c I don't want to move her yet...but, she has been sleeping thru the nights (only two days so far). It takes a bit to get her to lay in her bed (she roams)..but once she sleeps...she isn't up at 2 am screaming and shouting like she has been. I think she DOES prefer her new bed.
Problem is--I'm not sure how to do naps!
I am reading a book on how to raise a high-spirited child and they said to enforce a nap and/or siesta after lunch (she was falling asleep at like 4 pm, which is too late because she wouldn't sleep at night). They said after lunch, to tell her she can read, do puzzles or daydream..but no tv, no electornic toys and to tell them that if they dont want to sleep--it's okay...they don't have too, but they need to have quiet time for an hour. After that hour is up, resume regular toddler activities.
She won't sleep though and I know she needs it....at least with the crib she would eventually sleep. I don't know how she will be able to go all day and up until 9 at night w/o a nap..she will be nasty and miserable and try to beat up Natalie...that's how she gets when she's tired...she isn't a peaceful grouch.
This makes me nervous!!
~*~*~ Kristin--mama to two fabulous and fierce beauties--Aly and Natalie*~*~
Honestly I would try letting her skip her nap for a few days. It takes time for kids to get the hang of something new. It will be harder on you than it will be on her, but after a few days she will probably take that time to lay down. What I do to make sure Alex is ready for a nap is let Alex play outside all morning. When he is outside he is running around, and tiring himself out. He gets his lunch and then gets about an hour of quiet play. Then after we get my dd at 2pm from school everyone takes a nap. By that time he is so exhausted he passes out almost immediately. Then he sleeps until 4. That is what works for us.
Kristin, have you tried laying down with her for a few minutes? On the weekends when Livi naps I lay in her bed with her and it literally takes her like, less than 5 minutes to go to sleep because she's so sleepy. And I think with me laying down, she "gets" that she's supposed to lay down.
Thanks for my gorgeous siggy, Jaidynsmum!!!
I think laying with her would work... sometimes when michael is fighting a nap i take him in my bed and he's out in 5 minutes like Liv. However, then you run the risk of her not being able to nap without you... maybe you could lay with her for a week, then start sitting next to her bed instead, then start moving slowly out of the room? I think super nanny does this
I am a nap nazi (my 4 yr old still naps most days -- he drives me bonkers if he doesn't sleep and I don't get a break...talk about "spirited") and when we switched him to a bed, we just kept putting him back if he got out during naps and/or bedtime. We also reversed the lock of his bedroom (I know, I know - some may find this criminal) but that was mainly for his own safety -- i was so worried about what he may do at night while we were deeply sleeping. That's the only real tip that I have. Good luck!