Maybe instead of trying to make her nap, you ask her if she would like to nap. Do something that will make her REALLY tired, something where she's running and using her body a lot. It wont work right away usually but its a good place to start. I ask my 17 month old girl if she would like to nap (now without the tired activities even) and she's almost excited to do it.
Maybe try to explain to her (I know she's young but its worth a try) that she doesn't have to nap but she does have to be quite. Give her some toys and put her in her bed, or in our case play-pin, and leave it at that.
Just be sure you're not trying to time it. Let her know that when she's done that you'll come and get her, even if it was only 5 minutes. I find that security helps them feel better about going to sleep.
at 12:53 AM on Jul. 18, 2010