Monday, September 22

Naptime Conquered

DS is two. Period. That explains why we are having issues with naptime, right??? No other reasons needed. TWO! That is the issue! And for weeks we have been pleading and fighting and screaming and crying about naptime, both of us! Trust me! Its a stressful situation and I was about to pull all my hair out just to get him to take a nap that he DESPERATELY needs! Trust me the kids EXHAUSTED! But no....all I hear is "NO Night-night!!!!" "No Nap!" "NOOOO PLEEEAASSEEEE!!!!!!" And I had about given up...when in some bright light of inspiration I came up with a brilliant idea.....REST TIME! No nap, no night-night, REST TIME. I convinced him to SIT on his bed, he could have the door open, he could play with his toys, he could even have some music on quietly but there is NO getting up and NO talking. The first day he got up 2 times and I scooted him back in and told him that "No, we dont get out of bed during REST time!' I told him to sit quietly for "5 minutes" ummm good thing 2 year olds cant tell time! Day one he sat for "5 minutes" which was actually about 20. I only went in 3 times (twice cuz he got out of bed, once cuz he was singing the ABCs at full strength). Day two I went in ONCE to tell him to quit talking....went back in 5 minutes later and he was ZONKED OUT!!!! Day 3 ZONKED OUT within 10 minutes (which he still believes is only 5...but I dont feel bad about this little fib!) And the key to this is when he wakes up I go ON AND ON about how he "ACCIDENTALLY" fell asleep during "REST TIME" he thinks its funny and has NO problem going in there everyday to sit and "REST" I am FINALLY getting some much needed peace and quiet (even if he doesnt fall asleep, he still stays relatively quiet for 20 minutes) Its a miracle!!! And I am thankful that we are not fighting about naps!!

8 comments:

Liz McCoy said...

yeah! woo hoo!!! that's fantastic news!! Thankfully we don't have nap time issues. I just tell him yes it is nap time leave and shut the door. I was surprised at how well he transitioned after getting his big boy bed even though he could climb out he doesn't. Just the first 2 days. and I just picked him up put him back and left again.

now if only we could conquer #2 in the potty!!!!

Shawn said...

I used this exact method with my kids...let them choose a toy and a book, then they had to sit on the bed until I came for them again. (I never set time limits, but told them that each time I had to shoo them back into bed, they'd just have to stay in LONGER!) Of course, 5 minutes later, they'd be crashed for an hour or more! It's all in timing 'Rest Time' for JUST the right time of day. I always found it worked better right after lunch. :D

Enjoy your much-deserved YOU time!

Beachcomber said...

I used this method when my son 2, too. Yay! Those extra 20 minutes to yourself makes a difference. Good job.

Webfrau said...

Excellent. We used that trick too - QUIET TIME we called it, only I was mean and it was an hour long!! Unless of course he slept longer :)

Jaye said...

Congratulations!
My son NEVER took naps..he was up from sunup to sundown. Somehow I survived!
The other side of the coin is, that 2-yr-olds are MOST adorable, most times. :D

Jennifer Giuffre said...

good for you! my daughter goes down for her naps fairly easily...sometimes asking me to put her down. I LOVE it when she asks because it means she's really tired and she falls asleep quickly!! Us moms LOVE naptime...or rest time! (very creative idea Nicole!)

Chellie said...

Great! Yes my Michael is 2 yrs, 8 mos old and he's constantly saying "no night-night", "no nap" or "no bed". I am going to try that "rest time" but I don't know, he may pick up on it after a few times. LOL As of now, he is peacefully asleep and Elijah is soon to follow.

RoseAddict said...

Hey -- all's fair in love, war, and naps! lol

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