My 2 y/o will lay in bed, talk to her stuffed animals and sing to herself. I have to go in and remind her that it is sleepy time. Sometimes she dozes right off. A lot of the time she will just lay there for a while and I can hear her talking to herself. About an hour goes by and she yells "Mom, i'm wake!!" (she won't get out of the toddler bed unless I come in). It's actually really funny because I say to her "You didn't even sleep!" and she goes "I know."...Not much help but had to share!
2.5 yr old dropping only nap - Page 2
So I'm working toward creating a quiet time routine because it does not look like naps are going to return. We put a mattress on the floor instead of using the crib since I was having trouble getting him in now that I'm pregnant and he's about 30 lbs. This is definitely not helping the situation. For now I just put a stack of books next to the mattress and get out some activities and then close the gate on his room. I want to get some new toys/activities that will keep him busy and will be special just for quiet time. Maybe also some library books that will stay in quiet time basket so they are only accessible during that time. I also plan to order a kid friendly timer as I think a visual will help. I definitely want something established by baby 2's arrival!
Right now ds also seems to hate quiet time as he is equating it with naps (which he was fighting at the end) and knows it is time by himself. I want to try to make it a positive time so I'll have to work on that. I think we have to start small with maybe me even in there reading my own book to start and then ease my way out and lengthen the time. I have been so exhausted I am not really teaching him what the time is for and I just put him in there and crash on my own bed across the hall. He calls for me every 5 min or so and I don't really get much rest. Sometimes I let him sit on my bed and read books which he seems to accept more than being alone. I am okay with it but of course he wants to talk to me while I am trying to sleep, haha.