DO YOU FEEL FRUSTRATED? EXHAUSTED? ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT FUTURE CHANGES TO A BIG KID BED? POTTY TRAINING? IS YOUR PERFECT SLEEPER WAKING UP FOR NAPS OR DURING THE NIGHT? ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH BEDTIME?
Why does my toddler not NAP?
As a mom I remember the days my toddlers just looked at me and laughed! Yes. They just ignored me and ran to their play room.
Having toddlers is NOT easy. They will cry for no reason, scream at you and then turn around and love on you.
This can truly be frustrating when you have a schedule or a routine to follow. A simple routine can be as easy as, wake-up at the around the same time each morning, nap after lunch then dinner and bedtime routine, yet your whole day is off because they will not nap.
There are so many reason for naps not working. Part of the issue is not enough outdoor playtime or fresh air. Having playtime even when it's cold will help the body tire out and relax so when your child is ready for a nap they will be ready.
Another reason is diet issues such as too much milk not enough solid protein. Food is a HUGE issue when it comes to sleep.
As a sleep consultant I look at the whole picture and look at what they are eating, playtime, early naps, late naps or just too much electronic time.
I have found that just by asking a few questions I can find the issues pretty quickly and have your family back on a nap and bedtime routine.
"I need only speaking to Summer via messenger, she gave me some great pointers. I implemented one of her pointers with my little ones next nap and it worked. Kudos to her for helping us get through to better sleeping habits."
"My son is climbing out of his crib he is 2.5 years old what do we do?"
I receive this question often and it is very common at this age. There are lot factors to consider such as diet, daycare, routine. If you are wanting to transition to a big kid bed my best answer is a Montessori way. What does that mean?
Montessori at Home: The Montessori Bedroom
Lose the crib. Place a mattress directly on the bedroom floor to allow and encourage safe exploration and freedom of movement. Without the confinement of a crib, your children can come and go as desired, which often results in less crying and more restful sleep. Respect the child's ability to put himself to sleep.
Make all furniture child-size including all book and toy shelving easily accessible.
To reduce nighttime stimulation, allow only quiet, age-appropriate toys in the bedroom. Examples include soft toys, blocks, puzzles, and books.
Decorate using natural materials that are free from chemicals.
Provide both natural light and an easy way to darken the room as needed.
"We just spent four nights with Summer, she came to our house and helped us rethink all of our sleeping habits. Or should I just say habits, we were not getting much sleep!
She helped us restructure everything we did, from the timing, our tone of voice, the pj's our kids were wearing, the temperature in the room, you name it. I was so nervous that it would get worse again after she left, but our routines are now set. We have our lives back. I owe her everything, I was so sad when she left after the fourth night, but we are good! Please just don't wait 3 1/2 years like we did!" Abby Ross
IS THE GOAL SLEEP? HAVE YOU BEEN EXHAUSTED FOR YEARS?
"Summer helped me when no one else would. She truly cares about what she does. She is extremely qualified and educated in sleep. With her support we got my 18 month old son sleep trained in 2 days. She is truly remarkable." Jade Henke
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