My daughter, age 2 1/2, sleeps in her own bed (always has more or less, although we never did cry-it-out), and does great at night but all of a sudden has stopped sleeping at naptime. We have also had behavioral struggles with independence. I am struggling to figure out how to work with her rather than try to control her but it is not an easy process! Anyway, I don't know what is going on with naptime- whether she's done with it or just enjoying the new discovery that she can stay awake if she wants to. I am trying to keep her in her room for quiet time, which went okay last week, but now it is getting harder and harder. When she was younger I used to lay down with her when she went through phases where she didn't want to fall asleep on her own, and then leave when she was asleep, but now she won't even sleep if I am there. This week she seems sad and lonely about me leaving, but if I stay there is no rest for anyone because she is constantly moving and talking. I really need a little time to myself. She is so energetic and personable that she constantly wants to interact with me all day. If I don't get that time to myself I don't know what to do! Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences that you can share? How do other people do quiet time with older toddlers and preschoolers? How do you get any time to yourself? I could understand when she was a newborn that I had to deal with being with her every second, but that passes within months. Also, she is only 2 1/2- shouldn't she still be napping? What do I do about helping her to sleep if she still needs it? How do I know if she still needs it?
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Toddler nap/quiet time questions