Napping solo

Weaning your toddler away from napping together isn't easy. These tips might be helpful.

Q: In order for my 2½-year-old to nap, I have to lie down with her. How can I get her to nap on her own?

A: Because you have been lying down with her, she expects that to continue. So you need to wean her off the practice. First tell her that you have some chores to do and can’t lie down with her. But sit and chat for a few minutes, or read a story. Then slowly leave the room. If she gets up, simply remind her it’s nap time and put her back to bed. It will take awhile to make the change and she may get upset, but hang in there and she’ll learn that you will not be staying with her and that she’ll be fine.

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