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My oldest daughter starts preschool in a couple of weeks. School pick up is 2.30pm. Most days my 18 month old is still asleep at this time. I have tried putting her down earlier & she doesn’t sleep for as long & is grizzly into the late afternoon/evening while I am trying to cook dinner. Putting her down when we get home from school pick up would be too late & she wouldn’t settle properly in the evening. Would love to know how other mums handle this situation

Posted by melodell245, 14th January 2014

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  • Will she sleep in her pram so that you don’t have to change sleep time and can still make it to school pick up?

  • I moved the nap time a bit more forward. Mind you my youngest would have a 4 hour nap ! She always was an early bird, so she didn’t mind when I put her down at 10am and then she slept till 2pm. It was lovely, I could even take a nap myself :)

  • i agree trying to just gradually change her sleep time. hope it all works out

  • Its a tough one, I always feel sorry for the second baby as the first didn’t get disturbed as much. Is there a friend who could drop your child home occasionally so the 18 month doesn’t need to be disturbed everytime?

  • not much you can do but wake them up?

  • I just wake them, after a few weeks he started going down earlier
    Or leave early and sleep in the car

  • Do you have a baby capsule one of the ones which can be taken in and out of the car without taking the baby out?
    These are great if you put little one down in one and then transfer to the car when you leave and then take into the school while waiting for pick up it wont disturb the bub as much

  • I leave early for school pick up and let my kids sleep in the car while they wait. I bring a book or magazine to read. The kids fall asleep on the drive over and then sleep through until it’s time for school to finish.

  • if she goes to sleep im the car easily, leave 30+ mins before and let her sleep while waiting

  • We too have a 2:30 pick up and yes its smack bang in the middle of babies nap time, I just get her up and in the car, thankfully she’s not too grumpy. When we get home I dont try to get her back down for a nap but I do pop her in the carrier while I cook dinner and she has a little more rest before tea!

  • I used to have to put mine down to nap in the pram and walk to school, not sure if thats possible for you

  • You can try waking her earlier in the morning so she needs her nap earlier.

  • there are some good comments here

  • would also like to know:)

  • I have a daughter in primary school & my son has just gone 20mths. I had to tweak his nap times to fit around school pickup & would make sure I had at least 3 days a week at home to give him his naps. Over time he adjusted as sometimes you are out & about. Now as he is only on one sleep he goes down at 12pm & sleeps until 2.30-3pm.

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