You just do. She may not like it at first, but here is what worked best for me to give you an idea. We eat lunch at 11. At 1030am I will start telling Ari (2yo) that we have 30 min until lunchtime. I will count down every 10 min and then we eat lunch. During lunch I tell her that after lunch it is nap time. (I used to tell her that we will rock for just a little bit, and then I am going to put her in her bed so that she can take her nap). While we we rocking, or getting tucked in I would tell Ari all kinds of stuff that we are going to do after her nap. I would then tuck her in, kiss her, and tell her that I would see her after her nap. And then leave her room and close the door. It has worked great for me, I hope you find one that does for you too.
at 9:48 PM on Jan. 19, 2009