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    How do you organise nap time?

    If one or more child needs settling when you put them down, what do you do with the other children? If you have one who doesn't nap, do they come with you when you put the others down for their nap?

    How about nappy change time? What do the others do when you are changing a nappy?

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    hmmmmm ...

    this sounds odd, but I don't particularly manage nap or nappy times! we all just bumble along.

    My youngest minded children who nap at random times, nap in the buggy which is either in the sitting room (opposite kitchen ), or outside the french windows (in the kitchen). When a little one needs a sleep, I leave everyone playing in playroom ( off the kitchen ) and pop the child down. sometimes I have to stand and rock for a bit, at which point, the other children generally just play. often just around the corner! They just know that that is what they do! Older minded children have a nap after lunch, and those who are napping go and settle themselves down on a sleep mat, and those who are not, usually sit at the little table in kitchen and look at a book/draw/do a puzzle, whilst I settle the others down. IF I had a baby that wasn't sleeping, then I would probably take them with me to sort the others, but from about 18/20 mths, I encourage mine to be independent in settling themselves for a nap, and I check they are settled, have blankets and say 'night night' !

    nappy times; my downstairs toilet with mat etc in, is also just off the kitchen, and we all go or not! some sit on the stairs and chat, some like to pass me wipes etc, invariably someone needs to use the potty ... or they just stay playing. I can always hear what they are doing, and I know which children can't be left! But as soon as they start using the potty, I encourage them to take themselves and to be independent.

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    I agree with Loocyloo. I manage sleep times, but I don't really know how!

    At the moment I don't have any who sleep, so it's not a problem. Having said that, one of the children feel asleep on the floor just before home time today!

    When I have a younger child/baby start with me, I usually begin by putting them in the pushchair to sleep so I can keep an eye on them and rock them if I need to. I'll put them in the kitchen, next to the playroom and put some music on for them. I can then see them and the non-sleepers who will be doing a quiet activity.
    After a while I find they get used to settling themselves in the pushchair, so I can start putting them to sleep in the lounge. It means the other children don't have to be so quiet! Then, once they're used to settling themselves to sleep in the pushchair in the lounge, I'll move them onto sleep mats.

    I rarely use a travel cot. I don't really have room for them and I have limited success at getting children to sleep in them.

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    i have a travel cot, and i use it if i have someone who 'resists' a nap, but i prefer not to!

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    I am the same as the others but I don't have any sleepers at the moment. I have a travel cot somewhere but to be honest my little ones have never used it, they preferred the pushchair or the sleep mats. As far as nappy changes and toileting goes my bathroom is next to the playroom so they can all go independently and I change nappies in the bathroom doorway so I can see the others playing.
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