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    Default Pregnant and no nap toddler

    How do others get through a day? It's only Wednesdays for me at the moment as I work 3 days and i make him have a nap on Friday, even though it means he's up late. He has a sleep at CC on the other days but somehow they get him down before 12- he won't go down before 2 most days for me.
    Anyhoo, if you are pregnant how do you cope with a no-nap toddler? We went out this morning to run some errands, came home and had lunch, then since about 1:30 the tv has been on constantly. I managed to turn it off for about an hour and we played some Lego but he's so cranky I gave up and put it back on.
    I usually limit tv to 2 hours a day, absolute max, so for me this is far too much tv. Any ideas how I can entertain a cranky tired 2.5 year old and a cranky tired mummy that doesn't involve so much tv?

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    Does he like stories? I find that semi-restful.

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    There is a park near us with no swings, that my kids love and can play pretty well by themselves there which allows me to spend some time resting on a bench.

    It's really, really hard when you are exhausted. Hope you get some more energy soon.

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    I think next week I'll try stories after lunch. He will not sit for craft activities for more than a few minutes, and usually by the afternoon I'm too sore to get to the park.

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    What about online stories - give him some headphones...

    storytimeforme.com

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    Oh god I feel your pain!!!

    I have a no nap (recent development!) 3 and 5 year old. The only consolation is that they have each other to play with.

    After lunch we read stories and the kids have one movie to watch. It usually gives me an hour to either get things done or rest (most days I collapse in a heap) After that we head out the back for a play on the lawn, or I get a box of toys out.

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    Babyla that's not a bad idea. Will have to check it out, thanks. I'll have to sit with him though as he likes to get into everything in the study

    Allforthem we live in a flat so no backyard which I'm finding really tough at the moment.

    We have a big box of toys stored away that we rotate with what's out to play with, so i will remember to pull out a couple of 'new' toys each Wednesday.

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    Do you have a toy library near you? Best thing ever!

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    Default Pregnant and no nap toddler

    Will he lay on your bed with you? I bring DDs pillow and a bunny rug off her bed and it works a treat :-) we both get a sleep.
    That could work at any time too :-)
    Oh and stroking his scalp lol like the hairdressers do when you have yor hair washed is bound to relax him lol

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    Default Pregnant and no nap toddler

    Ugh I kind of understand. DS was sick last week and didn't nap for two of those days, it was hard. On the second day I just drove for an hour - trying to get him to sleep, but also just so I could have some TIME OUT!!

    We have a sandpit, I find sometimes this gives me about half an hour to have a cup of tea and get on bubhub while he entertains himself.

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    The same way you cope when they are newborn "sleep when the baby sleeps". Put the toddler down for the night at 7pm and go to bed.

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