My 8 month old DD still needs me to go off for her naps (2 or 3 a day). It generally takes around 15 minutes.
Currently I'm sticking Cbeebies on for DS (3 years old) while I'm putting her up, but I'm not hugely happy about this. I think he watches too much TV and I really think it impacts on his behaviour. He's also asking for it ALL THE TIME and strops on when I turn it off.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can keep DS occupied, how do others do it?
I'm with you Gargula. It's the constant asking that bugs me. It's like his favourite thing - how depressing is that?! DD will still nap downstairs but will soon have to go into the cot. I'm thinking perhaps a special toy that only comes out at naptime.
For me it was either Cbeebies or dd taking her nap in the pushchair while we were out. I couldn't find an alternative at all. Sometimes ds would play happily on his own. I would pile a load of building bricks in the middle of the playroom floor and tell him to build me a giant tower, but invariably that resulted in him shouting upstairs for me to come and help him.
I used to beat myself up about it too at the start, but tried other things (giving her things to do/books to read/games to play) but, like jajay's DC, my DD used to come and 'help' me. Make it clear to him beforehand that he can watch two programmes and then TV off so you two can play - often giving a choice of two things helps them forget the thing they want (or it works with my DDs anyway!!)
Used to leave Cbeebies on at that time. At one point DS1 (who had only had max 1hr of telly a day) was getting nearly 2 hrs of TV some days. Don't beat yourself up about it. He's now in reception, bright as a button (not that I'm biased) and not addicted to the TV. I think what you let them watch is as important as how much they watch - Cbeebies is generally fairly educational, has nothing offensive or frightening - I've found it has taught my 2 loads.
There are cbeebies podcasts, so you could download one of those and leave your toddler to listen to it and play with toys - but personally I felt that letting DS1 watch TV made it more certain that he wasn't setting fire to the curtains...
I think the issue is more that you are having to spend 15 mins getting your 8 month off to sleep. What happens if you just pop her in her cot and leave her? Sure there will be a bit of crying but then it goes quiet surely?
Hi, I very much doubt my son would play with his toys if he knew I was upstairs putting DD to nap. May give it a try when I'm feeling strong. Sneakapeak - you are me. My son's behaviour has taken a nosedive recently and while I know the reasons why (no exercise, proper stimution blah de blah) it's difficult to see a way through it at the moment. Cece - oh i know I should be working on the fact I still have to rock her to sleep. I have zero problem with people who control cry but it ain't for me. Did gradual withdrawal with DS when he was older and will do the same with DD when she's ready.