How to Help Your Toddler Nap

Nap Sacking

Two-year-olds are very busy people -- so busy that they often balk at the idea of breaking for a snooze. "If your child is refusing to nap because she says she's not sleepy, make sure she still gets some quiet time," says Claire Lerner, L.C.S.W., a child-development specialist at Zero To Three, a Washington, D.C., organization that promotes the health and welfare of young children. To help your toddler get some rest, lay her down quietly with a book or turn on gentle music. "It's not as restorative as sleep, but at least the routine is maintained and your child gets some much-needed rest," says Lerner.

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