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Changing from a crib to a bed can disrupt sleep and nap schedules. To solve naptime problems, first determine whether or not your child still needs a nap. Her age and temperament will help you to figure out if she needs to sleep in the afternoon. If not, you might try enforcing an hour-long quiet time instead. If she still needs the sleep, try sitting by her bed without making eye contact. If she gets up, return her quickly and matter-of-factly to her bed without saying a word. In cases where a child really does need the sleep, it should only take a few days of this treatment for a nap schedule to return to normal.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|