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Why won't he nap!!!

cawesome started this conversation

Ok, I cannot get my toddler to take a nap. He's up in his crib crying and crying. He's been there for about 40 minutes and he has not stopped crying. Any ideas on how to make him go to sleep. He has crazy will power! He always does this whenever he gets cranky and will not fall asleep on his own. I've tried leaving him alone and letting him cry hiself to sleep but he doesn't go to sleep! He hasn't napped all day and am open to any advice some experienced moms have.

Thanks! 

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Starshine
 in response to ICEVERYTHING...   

Oh, that is great advice. It was very touching that you would stay by your daughter's side till she went to sleep.

I am glad someone answered her as I was trying to call a mom to give her an answer.

I did get a chuckle out of going for a ride to get your daugher to sleep because when I was younger during family trips I loved  to sleep at night in a moving car. When my parents stopped to rest off the road I woke up asking why are we stopping? They weren't suppose to rest just keep driving so I could sleep.

It is amazing how our parents cared for us and the things they did for us throughout our life. 

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ICEVERYTHING

Don't be too surprised that a man is responding to this - Dad's have experience too :-)

This is pretty normal - I endured it but worked through it.  I found that routine worked for my daughter.  Taking naps and going to bed at consistent times is important.  Reading a story beforehand relaxed her and got her ready for sleep.  You really have to refrain from entertainment (which is what they want) and let them relax.  Also, staying close by helps them feel secure (I used to sit in a chair near her crib until she fell asleep, but didn't engage her, otherwise I'd be there all night).

As a last resort:  One thing I - and several people I've known - have had luck with, is going for a drive in the car.  Always worked like a charm (but don't do it very often or you'll be doing it all the time).

Hope this helps.

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