Received Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I am having a problem and hoping to get some advice from my fellow ISYN readers.
I nanny for twin girls 3 days a week. They are 11 months old and I've been with them for 4 months now. They take two naps a day-a short one in the morning and a long one in the afternoon. My problem comes with the afternoon naps. They normally went down pretty easily, but lately the two of them have been having issues going down-one more than the other. So here's the issue: one baby-I'll call her Maddie-has been crying and screaming for long periods of time. Maddie will stand in her crib screaming. This is abnormal for her, as she used to babble for a little while and just go to sleep. Now it goes on for long periods of time-30 minutes or more. I have tried different tactics. If I go in and try to calm her down, she just gets more worked up when I leave. I also put her in the swing, which generally will put her to sleep, but the two of them are getting to be too big for it and I don't have alternatives. Also, it just doesn't seem to be working as well as it used to anyways. If I hold her, she thinks it is time to play. I've talked to her parents and it doesn't seem as if she does this with them-only with me. The other baby sometimes has these problems, but mostly it's Maddie.
How do I try and alleviate this problem? Is there some trick anyone has in order to ease nap time? I worry about letting her get overtired and her crying for long periods of time is not good either. Her parents and I do not like to do this. My thought now is that she just wants me-as in she is worried she'll miss something. But how do I work with this? If she doesn't nap, I don't get things done during naps that need to be done. Any suggestions?