01-10-2007, 01:13 PM
Ok, I made a post in here a while ago asking when kids stop taking their naps. My dd is going to be 21 months this month and she has not napped now 3 days in a row! I am pulling my hair out! I still make her take quiet time but I need actual quiet time instead of kid bouncing in the crib telling her to lay down quiet time! Should I put her to bed later? She goes to bed now at 7 pm and is ready to go then unless she has a nap and then she is in her crib at 7:30 but usually talks to herself until 8 pm or so. Should I try getting her up earlier? Usually she is up at 8 am. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated so I can have my 'own' time back!
01-10-2007, 03:56 PM
I agree with Renee. When my dd and ds tried to stay up all day with no nap... I began letting them nap in my bed. I'd lay down with them until they fell asleep. They are only 14 months age difference from each other. I slowly transitioned them back to napping in their own beds now. When in their beds, they sleep about 1 1/2 hour, but when they sleep in my bed, they sleep 2-3 hours sometimes. Maybe it makes them feel secure because they feel closer to mommy and daddy that way. You could even try letting her sleep with something that smells like you if you don't want her napping in your bed. I think that our scents really put them at ease. Good luck! Hope I helped. :?
01-15-2007, 07:47 PM
I would try putting her to bed a little later, like that magic time just before the crankiness strikes. Ds always had a 7:30 bedtime too, but he would sit up playing in his crib, which is totally fine with me except for when he would get bored with being in there and want to get out. Now he goes in his crib ata round 8:15ish, plays for a little bit, starts thrwoing his binky so I'll keep getting up to give it to him (little rat!), and by 8:45 he rolls over, sips his water and goes to sleep.
01-16-2007, 09:12 PM
With my oldest (2-1/2), I find that the days that I take her to the park or something are the days where she goes down for her naps most easily. But I never, never try to soothe her to sleep, lol. If I stay in the room with her to cuddle, she just jabbers at me and eventually tries to get up to play. So we don't do that anymore.
However, it's totally opposite with my 8 mo. When it's naptime, I have to hold her in my arms for a good 15 minutes to calm her down so that she will fall asleep on her own. Otherwise, it's 15 minutes of her shrieking like a banshee before she falls asleep on her own. I know she's spoiled, but she's my baby. Can't help myself, lol.
Anyway, I think you'll need to experiment a little and see what works for your daughter. In your shoes, I'd be taking whatever suggestions were thrown my way! Hope you get it figured out!