Today, we did not get outside that quickly - due to an overtired mom - and she fell asleep on the couch while I was bf her brother. - so much to "I am not tired" - she actually spent 45 min in her bed listening to audiobooks (the same she listens to in the evening to go to sleep)
Maybe I am just putting her to bed to early... (at around 1 p.m.)
Trin with DH , DD(7) and DS(5) , DD(2) , , (due 5/14)
I am not regularly online at the moment due to the above ...
My DD has not really napped since about 20 months, she just stopped and it became such a battle that it wasn't worth it. All the "tricks" in the world didn't work. Car rides do, so I'm sticking with it.
She turns super heinous without her nap, 5 pm rolls around and it's nothing but drama for 2 hours until bedtime. Dh comes home and she just has constant meltdowns, he can tell if she's napped or not because she acts so radically different.
She also gets an herbal calming tincture for children at nap time and before bed. It helps her relax.
I'm right there with you Triniity. We'd been pushing our son around in a stroller to get him to nap for a long time (he used to have to be worn when he was a newborn and until I was pregnant with our daughter), but seeing as how he's two it seemed like it was time to transition to napping start to finish in the bed. We're going on two weeks of daily struggles. I've tried what seems like everything. Soft music, a dark room, cuddles, reading stories, a pre-nap bath, a full belly, lots of active play beforehand, etc. I finally settled on 45 minutes of quiet time, where he needs to be in the bedroom with no books or toys, in the hopes that he'll get bored and fall asleep. He doesn't. Nothing works. He's clearly exhausted, putting his head down, yawning, becoming less active, and he gets impossible if he doesn't nap, so it's obvious he needs it. I need help! I'm anxious to hear what others have to say on the subject. As a point of interest, bedtime does not involve any of these issues...
LO seems to be slowly dropping his naps, and it has been a rough transition phase (still is). If we are home all day (ie no driving or stroller walks) he will usually not take a nap, but if I think he needs one we go lay on the bed and read a chapter book, and usually he will fall asleep. Most of the time I have to 'insist' he comes with me- picking him up and bringing into the room. I read in a calm voice while he usually cries and rolls around, but within couple minutes he quiets down and listens, and falls asleep in 10-15 minutes.
Is this your 5 year old? My kids did not nap that late, but my sister's did and they did nap much later than that even though they are early risers. You might try a quiet time closer to 2 or 3 and see how that goes. How much is she sleeping at night?
So guess what? My mom suggested I break out the playpen for my nap-striker since we don't have a full size crib and he sleeps in a bed at night. Well, he was curious about it, said, "Liam lay down. Tired." Then he decided he hated it, but after about 30 minutes of fighting it, the bedroom got quiet. HE'S ASLEEP!!!!! Omg, I never thought I'd see the day. "Quiet" time has been very loud for the last week. Now we're having nap time, and it's so much better. This little dude inherited my and my husband's stubborn streaks x's 10. That's a whole lot of stubborn. He was so exhausted. Now I hope he'll be well rested and ready for the second half of the day! Also hoping it takes less time for him to settle tomorrow, but this is progress to celebrate! I'm going to try Calms Forte too. Just thought I'd share something that worked over here.