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Old 13.07.2011, 09:12
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And when both actually nap at the same time, (like right now!) DIVINE! I love my kids, but holy Mother of God they wear me out sometimes!
So a couple of weeks ago for the duration of one week, they both got reliably very tired right after lunch. I put the eldest to nap and then took the younger into the bed with me and we all slept for at least an hour. It was just as you describe: divine. And then I made the mistake of wanting maybe even expecting it to be part of our daily routine and they both stopped doing that .

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Lay with her on a couch, put animal planet on quietly, she will doze off.
Well this is the strategy i used to survive the third trimester of my youngest. however, it was i who did the dozing and she who did the tv watching .

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Then Betty my angel of a neighbour called 'Odile - look what I've got!". Little one had managed to climb in the bed, and was fast asleep under the duvet. I cried, cried and cried some more.

You'll have to learn, like we all had to, to take any small moment of peace whenever you can get them - even if it means watching kids tv or video for an hour in the afternoon - in the hope she will sleep and you too!
That's one of those funny because it turned out okay stories. I would have panicked. Since we're garden level, I always lock all doors and during naptime in case she decides to make a run for it.
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

My daughter went through exactly the same stage at exactly the same age. She would refuse to have a nap alltogether and will be avery tired by 7pm. I tried putting her to bed later (around 2 or 3 or even 4pm) with various degrees of success. Also I've tried stroller, car, etc and was very happy if she slept even a little bit. The phase lasted for 5-6 months. Now she will nap as normal, albeit for a shorter period of time on most days, but still! So just hold on in there and try and keep the routine going whether it's just a rest time or nap time.
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Old 13.07.2011, 13:48
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

Sorry, I looked at this thread thinking that "nap dropping" was some kind of euphamism. I was wrong. Apologies again.
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

Hi Jetset,
They don't call it the terrible 2s and 3s for nothing
Nap time is good for both. A little time out just to play in her room is fine if she doesn't want to sleep.
I used to close the shutters and turn on the baby melody lamp (makes pictures on the ceiling). It never failed, my 2 year old couldn't resist.... he'd fall asleep.
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Sorry, I looked at this thread thinking that "nap dropping" was some kind of euphamism. I was wrong. Apologies again.
she started that kind of "nap dropping" at 20 months. my response was to potty train her!

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They don't call it the terrible 2s and 3s for nothing .
i've always been told that 3 is far more difficult than 2. i'm bracing myself .
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

Ahahahahahah - just wait until they hit 13! You'll be smiling at Ye Goode Olde Days of toddlership
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

..... see the bright side of it all.... she's testing her newly found limits on the person she loves most: her mama
This is good, it shapes character, it will make her strong when she grows up and has to face the outside world.
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

Hello why not try letting her nap in buggy on way home. Say she falls asleep at 11:30 just let her sleep and then wheel the buggy into her room when she is asleep. That works with my little one as we really had issues with Nap time in the crib so now I just let him fall asleep in the buggy on our way home rather than trying to keep him awake for lunch. He then sleeps one hour and a half and then is not too tired to eat lunch! Good luck!
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

when all is said and done, i really do want her to sleep for her benefit. i understand the importance of sleep for emotional, physical, and general development. as much as good sleep benefits me, i also know it's in her best interest in both the long- and short-term.

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Hello why not try letting her nap in buggy on way home.
sometimes i do that, but usually it doesn't work if i'm alone. if my other half is with me, we can get her up to our apartment bump and sound free. if i'm on my home, the jostling i need to do to maneuver the stroller up to our apartment wakes her up every single time .

spinoff of your idea though would be to deliberately go for a walk to the park during naptime and enjoy a picnic with the youngest one. then when she wakes up she can play. everyone wins. one-on-one time for the youngest, nap for the toddler, and i know there's something in it for me too .

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..... see the bright side of it all.... she's testing her newly found limits on the person she loves most: her mama
This is good, it shapes character, it will make her strong when she grows up and has to face the outside world.
you know, something about your post really made me smile and really look forward to hanging out with her tomorrow and letting her push all of my buttons. no kidding. i guess i should feel honored that she feels safe enough with me to drive me crazy .

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My daughter went through exactly the same stage at exactly the same age. She would refuse to have a nap alltogether and will be avery tired by 7pm. I tried putting her to bed later (around 2 or 3 or even 4pm) with various degrees of success. Also I've tried stroller, car, etc and was very happy if she slept even a little bit. The phase lasted for 5-6 months. Now she will nap as normal, albeit for a shorter period of time on most days, but still! So just hold on in there and try and keep the routine going whether it's just a rest time or nap time.
your post gives me hope. thank you!

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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

You don't ever have to drop the nap if you don't want to--plenty of siesta cultures around the world prove that
(In fact, I bet we'd all be a little less grumpy if we took some nap/meditation time.)
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Old 13.07.2011, 23:05
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

It's true the little ones dare much more mischief with moms...I think it is the feeling of complete trust and safety so they train for the real life and real people, since moms are still a part of them, not separate, really, in their little sweet heads.
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

Can you tell me boss that so he won't mind me taking a nap after lunch

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You don't ever have to drop the nap if you don't want to--plenty of siesta cultures around the world prove that
(In fact, I bet we'd all be a little less grumpy if we took some nap/meditation time.)
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Re: a milestone i'm not ready for - nap dropping

Agree ... Nap time just has to become quiet time but it is never quite the same ....and it is a nightmare trying to make it to bedtime
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