Friday, January 16, 2009

No Naps, No More- No-Cry Nap Solutions Review and Giveaway

It's no secret on our family blog that the trio has not been napping well. In fact, I'd done nothing productive during the daylight hours for the past, oh two weeks, I'd say because of the fact that I was exhausted. It's not that they weren't sleeping at night, it's just the incredible energy zapping affect that their constant whining, crying, and tearing the house down like little cyclones between the hours of their supposed "rest time" and bed time was having on me.

We used to have a great schedule. The girls would all four go to bed between 7 and 8 pm and sleep until around 7:30am. Just before Christmas everyone got sick, and good sleeping was a thing of the past! Then after they recovered we still had the crazy holiday hours to contend with, and then weeks after said holidays we had still not quite gotten our groove back.

My typical MO for fixing things where the girls are concerned is to read everything I can get my hands on and then to meld all the information into a plan that I think will work for us. After simply reading Elizabeth Pantley's newest book, the no-cry nap solution, I had enough ideas and resolve to put down the books and get to work, already.

Hers is not a book full of puffed up "you have to do this or else...", but instead a gentle, real-life mother of 4, who knows from reality that what works for one kid or family may or may not work for another. I really appreciate the fact that she encourages people to choose some of the suggestions to begin working with, stick to them for a while, and then evaluate if it is working FOR YOUR FAMILY. If not, try something else. It's that simple.

In a sleep deprived parental state, it is often easy to overlook basic things that might be keeping kids from sleeping, so to have this book as a resource has been very handy. Since Ella was an infant I've been reading everything I could about children and sleep. A great deal of this info has not exactly been intuitive for me.... many of the principles I've had to see happening to believe. For example, when my girls go to be later than they should, they almost always wake up even earlier than normal. Does this make sense to me? No. Is that how it always happens here? Yes. And then there's the overtired= can't get themselves to sleep because they are too tired scenario. I would never have believed either of these had I not lived them first hand. Re-reading some of the basics about children and their sleep requirements was all the encouragement I needed to forge ahead and fix my current problem: Three two year olds in the house and not one of them was napping.

I was able to use the chapter on Nap Resisters- children who need a nap but won't take one, and discover why they girls weren't napping , make a plan with the suggestions provided, and then follow through until they are now all three napping again! Nothing short of a miracle if you ask me. I hesitate to even type it for fear of jinxing myself, but today was day 3 of a good 2 hour afternoon nap for Maggie, Kate, and Sarah.

If, like me, you are struggling with one (or three) two year olds who are prematurely trying to give up naps, or even if you just have children and want easy to read, good information about their general sleep requirements, I highly recommend Elizabeth Pantley's No Cry books. You can buy them online at amazon and Barnes and Noble.

...... and because I got so many comments and emails from commiserating moms of multiples when I began mentioning our nap woes, I asked for an extra copy of this book to give away to one of you lucky readers. Just leave me a comment on this post telling me a little bit about your successes or failures with getting your kiddos to sleep if you want to enter. I'll let choose from among the entries at around 10pm on Wednesday the 21st. Be sure to leave a valid email address in case selects you. The winner will receive an autographed copy of the No-Cry Nap Solution directly from Elizabeth Pantley.

Sweet dreams,


pinkmommy said...

I would love this book! My 5 month old Prince is already not a great sleeper. My daughter (5 years) has always been a perfect sleeper so I am not used to this at all! I would love some ideas other than letting him cry it out.

Denise Wheeler said...

I really need to get this book. I have one great sleeper, one not so great sleeper and one terrible sleeper that can never put himself to sleep. The child is so sleep deprived(therefore I am too) that it isn't even funny. My poor little Markas only gets to sleep after crying for 30 minutes to an hour. I hate letting him cry and usually he keeps Lucy up.

Marybeth said...

I just tried to find this book at my local library and it wasn't available! My 6-month old is a great night sleeper, but his naps are terrible. I could really use this.
Besides, I'm a Marybeth (one-word-small-"b", though), too :)
babygoodbuys at gmail dot com

Dina said...

My preschooler used to be a great napper but now does not even want to consider lying down during the day, even when tired. Nighttime sleep has never been an issue for us except when she was tiny. My younger one still takes good naps but sometimes wakes up several times a night. I'd love to read what advice this book has to offer.

Cindy H said...

Thanks for running this giveaway! This sounds like such a good book. I'm not having huge problems, but my 13 month old doesn't nap consistently.

cindy @ fencedinfamily dot com

Stacie said...

I am still struggling with my 4 year old to get her to bed and it seems like nothing is working. She keeps getting out of bed and coming and asking for various things (ie water, the bathroom...). I really don't know what to do anymore and need some peace and quiet in the evenings. I would love to be entered.

MelissaT said...

I could really use this. My son is only 6 months old but is a champion catnapper and at daycare sometimes only naps one time for 20 mins!

Kristen said...

We so need this at our house!

My daughter, 21 months old, has recently decided she is too big for naps. Unfortunately for her she is wrong. Although she makes it through the day fine a day or two without a nap makes for some very difficult nights because she is just so tired.

She has been a bad sleeper since she was about 3 months old and we always joked she'd give up naps before two. But we were joking!

And with #2 on the way we just cannot give up our precious naps already. Mommy still needs them. :)

Lindsey said...

You've read about our sleepy time woes on our blog. Anything to get this child to sleep without a screaming fight would be a God-send.

Nicole said...

My 2 1/2 year old daughter really needs her naps still, but refuses to nap most days. I could really use the tips from this book. Thanks!

Candace said...

Does this work on 4 1/2 year olds??

Since I didn't read about Ella, I'm assuming you just used it on the little ones.

Oldest son hasn't napped in years, but is seeming to need one badly. He will go down (protesting), but not fall asleep until too late in the afternoon.

That means grouchier at night, later bedtime, sleeping in the next morning.. which equals not wanting to rest the next afternoon.

I just gave up on naps for him ages ago, but hey, if he'd take one and feel better, I'm up for them again!

Anonymous said...

I'd love a copy! One of my little ones has already started showing signs of napping problems. And mommy REALLY needs him to nap for at least another year :)

HollyB said...

I saw this book today in the bookstore, and I thought about you and your success. So I logged back on and saw you had a give-a-way, so I will try my luck!!! My twins are not napping anymore, and I pretty much have given up. I don't have a clue what to do other than cry myself.I can't do anything anymore. Any ideas?????