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November 18th, 2011, 10:13 PM
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Lenae Lenae is offline
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I didn't really go through this with my own, but I'm going through something similar with my babysitting kid. She's 14 months though. It sounds really mean, but I just don't have enough hands or time to snuggle her to sleep every day when I have two 3 year olds and a nearly 2 year old in the house too. I did basically what Jenna said. I started out laying her down already asleep and then just rubbing her face if she woke up again. Then I moved on to laying her down sleepy, but not asleep and just stay withing sight until she drifted off. Now, I can lay her down awake and she just puts herself to sleep. Her parents are actually really grateful that I've been working with her because she is a better sleeper all around now.

Do you have a swing or bouncy seat? My sister has had two kids out of four who napped really well in a bouncy seat or swing. Obviously, not all sleep can happen there, but sometimes a 2 hour nap is totally worth it.
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