How to Help Your Toddler Nap

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Like the Goodian twins, your toddler may decide to drop in for a naptime visit. If crib climbing is the problem, lower your child's mattress. "If he continues to climb, however, consider introducing a bed -- for safety's sake," says Henry Shapiro, M.D., a pediatrician in private practice in St. Petersburg, Florida. But regardless of why your toddler is getting out of bed, "let her know that naptime is not negotiable," says Dr. Prazar. "Each time she leaves the bed, firmly and calmly walk her back." It may take a few tearful trips, but eventually, your child will get the rest she needs.

Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the April 2000 issue of Parents magazine.

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