Rainbows and Dragonflies

Toddler Sleep

Posted on: January 16, 2011

Li’l T normally takes two naps and sleeps about 11 hours at night. When he was a baby we followed the Happiest Baby on the Block method of swaddling, swinging and shushing him to sleep. He’s slept through the night since 4 months but getting him to sleep has always been a chore. As he got closer to a year, and started getting heavier, we knew that we had to find a way to get him to sleep without breaking our backs. Nighttime isn’t too bad anymore. We get his diaper changed, put on his PJs, and read a book before turning off the light. He whines but he usually puts his head down on a shoulder as soon as the light goes out. Put him down with his teddy bear and he’s good for the night. Naptime is NOT as pleasant. I don’t know how they do it at daycare but at home he has to be rocked some (a lot) before we can put him down. Otherwise he continues crying and gets so upset that he starts choking. That puts naptime at risk because he may not settle down until his next scheduled nap time. We only push naptime on him when we see the telltale signs: eye rubbing, yawning or the inevitable tantrum when we’ve missed his subtle clues. Even though he’s tired maybe he’s too stimulated to fall asleep. I don’t know. Any advice is appreciated. How does nap time go for you?

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2 Responses to "Toddler Sleep"

We also follow Dr. Karp’s 5 S’s with our little one. His technique is fantastic! I got to meet him in person last week at a presentation he made here in my city…it was like meeting a celebrity! LOL Have you tried taking a look at his Happiest Toddler on the Block materials? That may help with some tips on nap time.

You know I had thought about that but for some reason never got the book. *smh*

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