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  1. haylz says

    Thank you but I still think she needs the two sleeps so she’s not overtired. any suggestions on getting her to sleep in the Pram? should I try it at the time of her big predictable 1.5 hour am nap?

  2. Emily DeJeu says

    @ haylz — That can be frustrating. You might consider trying to put your daughter down for her morning nap a little later each morning, in an attempt to push the start time of the nap back. You could put her down 10 or 15 minutes later each day (or every few days). I did this with my boys when they were transitioning from 2 naps to 1. Eventually, their first nap of the day started around noon, so that’s how we got them transitioned into taking one long nap in the middle of the day. I liked that because it freed up my mornings to run errands, take walks, etc. Let us know what works for you!

  3. haylz says

    I’m feeling a bit trapped by naps at the moment. My daughter has just turned one and has been transitioning between 2-1 naps for over a month. We never know until the afternoon if she will decide to have a second nap. She will basically only sleep at home now as i tried to do the right thing and have her home for naps until she figured out how many naps she wanted, but now its backfired. she won’t sleep in her pram now and i’d really love to train her to do so, so i don’t have to be home every afternoon ‘incase’ she wants that second nap. how can i train her to sleep in the pram, stroller and portacot at other houses? she has a comforter that she always sleeps with but i still can’t get her to sleep when out with it. she just screams. please help!

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Lori — Sounds like you’ll need to embrace the beauty that is “rest time” 🙂 I do this with my kids. My oldest son (who’s 4 1/2) never naps anymore, but my younger ones still do. So when it’s time for naps, my oldest goes into our spare room and plays with toys, reads books, listens to music, etc. He’ll stay in there for 1 1/2 – 2 hours most days. It’s great! We started this with him as soon as he showed signs of being done with napping, and we and tried to establish clear rules right from the beginning. For example, he knows that he’s not allowed to leave the room unless he has to go potty, and he’s pretty good about obeying that rule. Might be something for you to keep in mind for the time when your oldest starts phasing out his naps (especially if you have a new baby at that time!)

  5. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Nicole Clancy — I totally understand your dillema! My second son was born in December, so we had the winter to stay inside and work out a routine (which was nice.) But by the time May rolled around, my older son and I were SO over being indoor. We spent a lot of mornings at the playground that summer, and my younger son got really, really good at napping in his stroller 🙂 I could fold the back down, pad it with blankets, drop the sunshade, and he’d usually sleep for a good 30-45 minutes. Then, after lunch, both boys would take a longer, more restorative nap. That worked well for us.
    I think there’s a fine line between embracing a routine (which I think important, because it keeps the chaos at bay) and being controlled by a routine. Odds are you’ll strike a balance that works for everyone — something that allows you to get a rhythm with your newborn but that also lets everyone get outside and enjoy the sunshine 😉 Best of luck to you, Nicole!

  6. Lori says

    Great article! I was kind of thinking along the same lines as Nicole. Our son is 19 months and not a great sleeper by any means. We have been discussing a second. Our son will be approximately 3.5 yrs by the time the second comes along and will probably no longer be napping. I’m wondering how naps with the new baby will go with an active preschooler.

  7. Nicole Clancy says

    Although I’m a big fan of routines, I wonder how it will go with the 2nd baby – due in 6 weeks. I did sleep training with my first (now 18months) at 4 months old with the help of babysleepsite and it changed our lives.

    Having an active toddler who is used to getting out and about (eg. walks, park etc) I can’t imagine that it will do either of our sanity well to go back to being housebound. I’m hoping that the two might eventually be able to nap in the middle of the day at the same time in the house but morning and arvo naps for the bubba may have to be on the run. Is this going to set us up for bad habits in the long run?

  8. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Jamie — always having a consistent routine is often easier said that done, isn’t it? If your daughter spends time other places (at grandma and grandpa’s, at dad’s), you could encourage those people to follow the same kind of routine you have at home. It’ll help if those caregivers are putting her down at the same time, feeding her at the same time, etc. It might also help if you send her with some familiar items, like a blanket, or a cerain lullaby CD, etc. Those might remind her of home and help her sleep.

    @ Megan — your strategy doesn’t sound bad to me at all! Allergy shots are definitely “musts” and not at all optional. The fact that you’re taking your son’s nap needs into account and planning your outing around them is great. Good for you! 🙂

  9. Meagan says

    I know pretty much everyone recommends against it, but when I have a major disruption, I’ll try to plan his “sleepy time” for travel, and drive around to (with luck) give him an hour+ nap. For example, when I need to get my allergy shots (every 3 weeks) which is 40 minutes away, I’ll take a scenic route there (and hope he sleeps), get the shots, hit the soft toddler playground at the mall so he has some time to crawl around, then shoot for another car nap on the way home. Sometimes it works beautifully, and sometimes it’s a disaster. There doesn’t seem to be anyway to tell which way the day will go… So I just hope!

  10. Jamie Williams says

    Hi Nicole,

    All of the books that I have read say that you absolutely need a routine to get your baby to sleep through the night. For example, Finally Asleep recommends that you even avoid travel while sleep training. Aside from just building consistency and adding a few tools, is there anything I can do to get my baby to sleep on when my schedule is so variable? I travel three days per week where she goes to her grandparents? She is with me the rest of the time except when her father has custody.