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my two year old throws a huge fit every time i say its naptime. he'll kick,scream and cry and if i make him stay in bed he'll cry himself to sleep sometimes other times he never falls asleep then come 5ish he's exhausted and cranky what do i do to get him to nap on time?
My son never had a problem with naps until around 21 months, and then started getting upset about it like your son. I actually realized that I was waiting too long. Instead of waiting until he seemed tired (rubbing eyes, yawning, balance issues), I started earlier in the day and we do the bedtime routine twice a day, lol. The nap routine starts at 11:30 a.m. now, instead of 1:30-2 p.m. There are several things he loves- cuddling in my lap, milk, and stories. All I have to say is let's go have milk and stories and he follows me into his room or I can carry him without a fuss. I spend about 15 minutes rocking him and reading the sleepytime stories he picks out. Then I tell him to get in his bed and sing him three lullabies and kiss him goodnight.
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continued ... He is two years old now and it has been amazing. The new nap routine created a wonderful snowball effect. The shift I made meant that my son napped earlier, and the duration of that nap suddenly doubled! He wasn't overtired, so he got better quality sleep for 90 minutes instead of 45 minutes like before. When he woke up, it was still earlier than his old nap started, so another bonus ... earlier bedtime.
Answer by FreeHomeBiz at 3:56 PM on Jan. 10, 2009
continued .... Instead of bedtime taking hours and being lucky to get him down before 10:30 p.m., we started at 6:30 p.m. and he was asleep by 7 p.m. It gets even better! He wakes up at 7 a.m. just like he always did! I am never dealing with an overtired toddler. He doesn't have meltdowns or tantrums anymore. He is like a different child and have to give the credit to Supernanny techniques.
Answer by FreeHomeBiz at 3:57 PM on Jan. 10, 2009