How do I get two toddlers to nap?
June 29, 2012 3:14 PM Subscribe
How do I get two toddlers (same age, not twins) to nap at the same time?
posted by linettasky to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This fall, I'm going to start nannying for a friend. She and I each have toddlers, about a week apart in age. The kids will be about eighteen months old when I start taking care of her daughter (in addition to my son). We're easing into it with some trial runs this summer -- I take her daughter for a few hours here and there, ramping up to a full day -- and I'm generally pretty excited about it.
Except I have no idea how to get them both to take a nap. Neither of them currently falls asleep without an adult holding them -- rocking, nursing (when Mama's available), singing. They both nap around 1 p.m. for a couple of hours. They will fall asleep in a stroller, when completely exhausted. I will generally not have enough car seats for both of them, so that's out of the question -- it's bikes and strollers all the way.
What do I do with the awake one while I'm getting the other one to sleep? (Probably put him/her in a safe place like a crib, right?)
My only thought so far is to wear them both out as much as humanly possible before trying to put them down for their naps. Park, outings, running, etc. I've considered trying to work on getting my son to fall asleep independently, since I've got a few months, but previous efforts in that direction have failed spectacularly. They'll be able to be in separate rooms, so they won't wake each other up. I'm also aware that there will be an adjustment period where neither of them are likely to nap.
So, any suggestions?