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Can you pick your kids' nap time?

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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Do you think you can pick your kids' nap time, or is it completely up to their bodies when nap time is?

My 1 & 2 yo beautifully napped at the same time; but now the 2 yo (although she def still needs a nap) doesn't want to nap then. Am I just SOL, or can I "train" her body to still nap at that time?
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frndlyfn
by Platinum Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

We let dd follow her natural rthym (sp).  What you can do for big sister is enforce a quiet time if she does not want to sleep.  That means stay on bed and she can either read a book (well look at the pictures) or quietly play with a few toys like stuffed animals or baby dolls.

Lindalou907
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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You're the mom, tell her she doesn't have to sleep but she has to lie down and be quiet. You most definitely CAN decide when nap time is :)

budgie1117
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM
Agreed!


Quoting Lindalou907:

You're the mom, tell her she doesn't have to sleep but she has to lie down and be quiet. You most definitely CAN decide when nap time is :)


MJP76
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I always picked my kids nap times.

luvemboth
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM
I know I can (and will! Lol) tell her when to lay down, or when rest time is. I guess my question was more do you think a toddler's body can be told when to go to sleep for a nap, or is that unreasonable and just depends on their own schedule...as far as actual sleep goes?
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Lindalou907
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I think her body will adjust to your schedule, you will probably start to see her yawn! She may wake earlier in the morning or stay up a tiny bit later in the evening.



Quoting luvemboth:

I know I can (and will! Lol) tell her when to lay down, or when rest time is. I guess my question was more do you think a toddler's body can be told when to go to sleep for a nap, or is that unreasonable and just depends on their own schedule...as far as actual sleep goes?



Mom2Just1
by Mom2boys on Apr. 23, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I let my children follow their natural sleep rhythm. It seems to work so far.

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brittany208
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

yes, you can train them. Maybe not to alter their schedule tremendously, bc they do have needs. But you can certainly shift their schedule a little earlier/later.

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