I've recently started babysitting a 15 month old little girl. I've only babysat her twice and i keep telling myself it will get easier after a few times but there is something i'm struggling with. One, this morning she cried for 45 min after her mother dropped her off. I tried numerous toys to distract her and i tried to offer her hugs as a form of comfort. None of which she was having. She didn't even want to play with my 12 month old. I'm finding it very frustrating as the mom drops her of at 9 in the morning and she has requested that her daughter is put down for a nap in the morning at 10. By the time i get her calmed down i have to put her in the playpen to sleep at 10. The mom is a fan of the CIO method and has stated that I'm to say to her daughter, "nap time", offer her something to drink and walk away. (although i do not use this method with my dd, i do feel it's important to follow the mom's request as i can attest to the frustration felt when someone doesn't listen to mine). THis morning she cried in the play pen for 30 min before i went and got her out finally deciding that she wasn't going to take her morning nap (and unfortunatly because my dd is accustomed to sleeping in the carrier i woke her up trying to retrieve a very angry little girl). I feel so bad for this little girl and would greatly appriciate any suggestions on how i can help her settle down a little quicker and adjust to her new environment?? has anyone had to deal with this situation? what did you do?
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