Josh was watching Abby while I was at work one day and he told her "if you hit Daddy again, you go in Time Out". She got up right then (not even giving herself a chance to hit him again) and faced her corner and just stared at the wall til Dad came and got her. She's almost always smiling when she turns around. What the heck?!
Nap-times look like this lately...
|just hangin out on the outskirts of her bed|
|then she'll finally fall asleep!|
We tried a week of that, and NO NAPS. I was getting desperate, and luckily I tried this lovely technique and she naps pretty easily most days. I actually decided to blog about this right now (even though it's kinda "old news"), because we're having a rough day going to sleep this afternoon. I'm finding I have to be totally consistent everyday!
"The Nap Whisperer..."
1) Keep to the tired window (right now it's 12:30-1pm) otherwise it's WAY harder.
2) Give her a cup of milk and rock her, and lay her in bed with her blankies (which, bytheway, she loves all day now, but we always have her throw it in her crib so she looks forward to going to bed).
3)Watch on the monitor for her to step out of the bed. As soon as she does, I grab her, no eye contact, and put her back in.
***I did this about 10 times one day and had heard that you have to keep going until they fall asleep, otherwise, they learn that eventually you give in... That sounded so exhausting- seeing that Abby didn't seem to be getting any closer to wanting to stay in her crib. So, my trick was that I had to make me coming in as unpleasant as possible (Sad). I made sure when I picked her up that she wouldn't find that fun or nice in anyway, but I'd lay her down and hold her firmly on the bed til she let out a little pout and then leave without saying anything and close the door. (I really hate doing it, but we-gotta-do-what-we-gotta-do to get that needed toddler sleep!)
Repeat this until she finally falls asleep!
If I remember right, it took about an hour and a half the first day, less than an hour the second, and within a few days, we'd only have to put her back in once or twice and she just plays in there til she falls asleep. YAY!
Today I put her down after 1:00 and didn't watch the monitor at all (don't usually need to, lately) and I paid for it. Once I realized she'd been playing out of her crib, I tried to put her down and it reminded me of our first day. Long, sad process- eventually I took her out, put her in a time-out and took her for a ride in the car! She was dozing within a couple of minutes (until we passed some cows in our neighborhood, which perked her up- "oooh!" she exclaimed, and then she was out a minute or two later.)
Feel free to share any thoughts with this new(ish) momma!