My dd doesn't sleep in our bed, but usually I lie down with her in bed to sleep at night, and then leave once she's out. She sleeps through most nights, or will come into bed with us if she wakes early. She naps okay at daycare, but because of maternity leave, she'll be out of daycare shortly. At home, she has never been easy to put to naps, unless she's in the car at the right time, or in the stroller. She will eventually lie down for naps with me if she's tired, but usually that's later than I would like (ie. 3 PM!).
Any suggestions from moms who have been there with two (or more)? Or should I just give up on the idea of naps for me and dd?
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It wasnt an ideal way of doing things but it worked for us.
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Maybe if this is the case for your daughter, you could start a "quiet time" when the baby is sleeping where your toddler needs to either lay down and look at books or colour quietly.
I wish you well
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I say this because if you have family over right now, it might be a good time to 'nap train' her. It will probably be rough for a while but if it works and if you stick to it, I think it will make things much easier for you. Maybe just go through a simple nap routine, like a warning of 5 minutes to nap, then pick her up and snuggle her while walking to her room with the blinds down and light off. Tell her it's nap time and then lay her down and leave.
I know lots of people are against the CIO method, so if it doesn't work for you then that's fine. We did it with two of our three and we're glad we did. They all still nap (two share a room) and they go down well and easy...for naps anyway....the roomies sure chat it up at bed time!
Good luck in whatever you do, adjusting to two kids is challenging but it gets easier as new routines are developed!
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I found that it was the first month that was the hardest so if you could have family or friends help you out during the first month that is usually great.
Quiet time worked best for me. I didn't sleep but could relax and laydown on the couch with my 2 year old. He also liked a favorite show so I could have a moment of about 20 min. to myself.
The only way I could get my 2 year old to have a nap was to stay outside all morning having him run around. Sometimes he would nap then, but if he didn't it was even worse because he was now tired but wouldn't nap!
Try not to change your 3 year old routine too much. She is already experiencing a very big change. Enjoy your moments of just having her with you and give her that special attention she doesn't get while the baby is awake.
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