I'm currently blogging from the girls' room during nap time. This is what it has come to because I cannot stop Teagan from waking up Quinn.
Quinn has been in a toddler bed for a while. It is old news now, so she sleeps well. Teagan was forced into a toddler bed because she would not stop climbing out of her crib.
Quinn loves nap time and falls asleep within minutes. She unwinds quickly. Teagan is another story. She used to lie in her crib and happily chat to her animals before falling asleep. Quinn REALLY needs the nap. Without it, she's a nightmare. I understand. I'm the same way. Teagan needs a nap too, but perhaps not to Quinn's level.
I tried sitting outside the room, calmly entering and putting her back into bed when I heard her get up. She would get up quietly though. I couldn't hear her and walked in to find her waking up Quinn about almost an hour ago. The little punk knows what she shouldn't do too. She told me when I first put her down, "T stays in big girl bed." She followed with, "T doesn't wake Mini." So, now I am sitting here as she flops around her bed.
She didn't nap for the last two days. It was a disaster. On Tuesday, I had them in bed and asleep before 6pm. That bad.
Letting her nap in another room isn't an option. The playroom is next door, but it is full of toys and doesn't have curtains. I'd also need somewhere for her to sleep.
Hopefully the big girl bed will become old news to her soon. It is all a phase!
Any and all advice will be happily accepted.
What about naps in another part of the house or your bedroom. Since it's only for nap time, I don't see the harm in setting something special up for nap time.ReplyDelete
At daycare they use cots and they sit with the children who take longer to fall asleep. They don't have any better sort of solution either. :/
Yeah I've thought about putting her elsewhere. I'm nervous about letting her nap in our bed because it is so high. They both roll a lot in their sleep.Delete
I finally caved and nursed her today. She fell asleep but only slept for about an hour :(
I had to sit with our boys for about a week & then I spent probably another week staring at the monitor & going in when needed. Now I can just tell them through the monitor to calm down or lay down & that works.ReplyDelete
I hope she catches on quickly for you & you don't have to make other arrangements
Glad to hear that your guys eventually got it. Q did so I'm sure T will too. They've had some nighttime sleep issues in the last few days, so I'm exhausted. That probably isn't helping :)Delete
You may have tried this but what about putting T down first and letting her either fall asleep or just unwind and then put Q down? That trick works with our son and his daily playmate (they share a room at nap time). If they go down together, they just play and talk or R wakes up K. Usually, 15 minutes is all it takes. Good luck!ReplyDelete
I actually used to do that when they were a lot younger! Definitely worth a try again.Delete
The Bean's been fighting naps (even though he needs them still) a lot lately too. We tell him he has to stay in his bed. He mostly complies. :/ReplyDelete
He jumps himself to sleep ;)Delete
You use a sound machine right ? It's one of the first questions I ask because I remember when someone suggested it to me and although it's not some kind of a sleep miracle....it certainly helps with 2 or more kids in one room. or in the house really.ReplyDelete
There is NOTHING like having schedule differences with sleep. You get the one down....fight the other one and then when you finally get them down and get some "you" time, one of them is up. Either because it's time as he fell asleep right off....or it's the other one who just struggles to sleep.
I remember going in and sitting in the glider while they fell asleep and then when one of them woke up early I would RACE in and pick up the waking up child and try to get him back down by rocking him. Sometimes it worked and I'd get another 45 min. - 1 hr. sometimes it didn't.
Hang in there.
Yes, we use a sound machine. It definitely helps a lot. Right now, I think I have no choice but to sit there until the bed becomes old news.Delete