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2 year old naps gone horribly wrong - help!

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Michelle6557 Fri 05-Apr-13 20:44:12

I'd love any thoughts on a specific problem please!
My daughter just turned two & has developed a huge nap problem. She was a very bad sleeper for the first 14 months & needed rocking to sleep. Some controlled crying resolved the issue surprisingly well & with no lasting negative effect. My parents kindly have her one day a week while I work & she has napped well there for 6 months. Suddenly this has gone badly wrong - she screamed one day as soon as my mum put her down & mum quickly got her back up out of the cot. My daughter is apparently quite bright & realised that screaming pays off & Nana will get her up!
Every naptime is now horrendous for my mum with screaming. It wouldn't be a major issue as its only one day a week, but the screaming has now spread to the 2 days a week my daughter spends at nursery. She now will not nap there either. I fear that its only a matter of time before she starts screaming at nap &/or bedtime at home. Does controlled crying work for 2 year olds or does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks x

alexw Fri 05-Apr-13 21:00:07

Might not giving her a nap for a couple of days help? Then she'll be quite tired on day 3 and so go down easier? Or, failing that, on day 3 put her in the car at nap time....

alexw Fri 05-Apr-13 21:07:21

Or, might she be ready to drop naps? I thought that about dd2 about 6 months ago? She went about 2 months without a nap and then suddenly wanted them again. It helped that when she didn't nap she went to bed much earlier 6.15 and then when she did it was more like 6.40. She will be 3 next month and now is only really ready for bed at 7 when she has had a nap. If no nap then 6.30 works fine. Hth

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