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[Aug. 20th, 2006|02:46 pm]
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[jamie2980]
Alright, have a question, those of you who have toddlers, almost 2 or already 2, if they are in the toddler bed, or big bed, how do you get them to nap? Do you lay down with them everyday to get them to nap, or how do you do it. Or even at night really? Since i've been working, I just really did whatever it took to get Brody to bed, and at naps, my mom usually just put him in his crib. Well in 3 weeks, that won't be an option, and I really want him to just be able to go in there and go "say night night" and like sleep ya know? Fall asleep on his own. I know there's a lot of stuff going on in his little life right now, and even more in the coming weeks when Chris gets home from deployment, but hopefully soon things will be easier for us. Just wanted some opinions!

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: aimingforpeace
2006-08-20 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'm reading No Cry Sleep Solutions for Toddlers right now. It's AWESOME. I've already implemented some things that are working well for us. 3 weeks is a short time to change a sleep habit, though.
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[User Picture]From: jamie2980
2006-08-20 07:02 pm (UTC)
No, I don't expect him to be doing it in 3 weeks, but we'll be moving in 3 weeks, from my parents house to our own, as my husband has been deployed for a year, so just a lot of changes, but when we move, I won't be taking the crib with me, just his toddler bed, so I just want to like get him more used to it in 3 weeks, because we won't have the crib at all to go back too, it will be at my parents still, do you get what i mean. I dont expect him to sleep in 3 weeks, no, but I know when hubby gets home things will be different too, and I've been working and my mom has been doing the naps thing so it's hard. But I'm done working till January now, so hopefully we can get back in the swing of things.
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[User Picture]From: aimingforpeace
2006-08-20 07:25 pm (UTC)
OH ok I get it now...

I would seriously recommend this book for you, then. She takes the long term view on how to get children to adjust comfortably to all kinds of changes - including sleep. One idea that I really like is making a picture book about the way things are and how they are going to be.

I've checked it out from my library, but it's so good, I'm probably going to figure out how to shell out the money for my own copy.

As for us, I nurse Sophia to sleep in her own toddler bed or my bed and that works great for naps. Letting her choose which bed she wants to nap in seems to make it easier on us.

Good luck and hooray to your husband coming home!!!
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[User Picture]From: jamie2980
2006-08-20 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that book selection, I might have to look into that!

Yes, I'm glad for him to be home soon!
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[User Picture]From: aimingforpeace
2006-08-20 07:27 pm (UTC)

PS.

I got the name a little off, but here's the Amazon link for it.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071444912/002-4648527-6086452?v=glance&n=283155
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[User Picture]From: sarahendipity
2006-08-21 12:28 am (UTC)
Bronwynne seemed to take to her bed quickly at about 19 months. It did help that about a week before we were out of town and with no crib I just let her sleep with me. As for naps, they are a little harder. I tuck her in, and we do the whole thing, but as soon as I close the door she plays. I let her, as she's usually quiet. Most of the time she'll find her bed eventually and nap, and occasionally she'll just sleep where she falls. ;) As long as he's happy and doesn't cry, I'm sure he'll get used to a big bed soon.
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[User Picture]From: jamie2980
2006-08-21 12:56 am (UTC)
Well like do you close the door and have those handle things on it so she can't get back out? Brody just opens the door and climbs the gate, but my parents doors are old fashioned and those things dont fit their handles, so i'm hoping i can use them at our new house
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[User Picture]From: sarahendipity
2006-08-21 01:01 am (UTC)
She still doesn't open doors. But yes, we close the door. Once we know she's asleep we'll open her door at nap time so she can get up at her leisure.
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[User Picture]From: jamie2980
2006-08-21 01:12 am (UTC)
oh, i wish brody didn't open doors, lol he does constantly, not good, now i have to block our basement door cause he fell down the stairs!
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[User Picture]From: kiss_my_kitty
2006-08-25 01:13 am (UTC)
I think I just got exceptionally lucky with Alyssa (22 months as of Sunday). We put her right into her toddler bed, told her "night night!", closed her bedroom door, and that was that.
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