Transition from nap to quiet time
January 2, 2012 3:29 PM Subscribe
NapFilter. I think that my kid is done napping. How can I set up 'quiet time' for him?
posted by k8t to human relations (16 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My kid (age 3 years, 2 months) is probably done napping. He won't go down for ANYONE, regardless of the stability/routine/his tiredness/etc.
He has always been tough to get down - needs cuddles, etc. but I'm pretty sure that we're at the end of our rope. It has been about 2 months since he's had more than 1-3 naps each week.
For everyone's sanity I'd like to institute 'quiet time' but want to go about it smartly. (I think that we'll probably keep trying naps for another few months, for what it's worth... I'd really like for him to nap.)
- Because preschool goes until 1, naps haven't been happening until 2pm. Maybe this is the problem? He wakes up around 7:30-7:45am.
- He sleeps with us at night, but he does have a bedroom (which is used by a neighbor child once a week or so when we host the babysitter). Neither bedroom has any toys in it, but we could out some books.
- He is in the habit of having a parent sit with him until he falls asleep (I know... I know... this is what happens when you have a child while writing a dissertation.) But he did successfully put himself to bed with various sitters.
- He is at another house 1.5 days a week. He is at preschool 3 mornings a week. I put him down in the afternoons ~3 days/week. Dad does weekends.
- We're not cry-it-out people. He is not a cry-it-out kid. I am willing to let him sit in the room while I sit outside the door through.
I envision a framing of 'quiet time' or 'alone time' in which he sits in the bedroom, lights dimmed, with books (I'd prefer that he not sit in there with an iPad, but...) for an hour.
Q1: Any suggestions - on framing or technique?
Q2: Also, should we be putting him to bed earlier? As it stands, he goes to bed at 7:30-8ish (after routine) and wakes up at 7:30-7:45ish. Dad doesn't get home until 6:30, so pushing dinner/bath/stories routine would be a little tough.