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Naptime (Toddler Tools) Board book – November 15, 2008

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“There is no such thing as a quick fix. However, if you’re beleaguered by the baby battles, these books could serve as a life preserver.”—The Post & Courier



"I highly recommend these books for your home library if you have a little one." —Mommin' It Up



"Toddlers will manage to calm down fairly quickly upon coming across these gentle books that help them deal with various transitions in their young lives." —SAHManswers.com (Stay At Home Moms)



“The rhyming story is one that toddlers are going to enjoy and easily pick up as part of their routine catch phrases throughout the day. The pictures portray an adorable young boy telling his story and will be appealing to young children. It definitely is a book that will become a favorite with toddlers and can even be used before naptime at school or childcare.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog



“Elizabeth Verdick gives caregivers practical, positive tools for building and maintaining the positive care environment that toddlers need.” —Dr. Dan Gartrell, Ed.D., professor of Early Childhood Education, director of Child Development Training Program, Bemidji State University



Winner, Creative Child Book of the Year Award

Book Description

Open this book and get ready to close those sleepy eyes, snuggle up with a cuddly friend, and take a little break.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Toddler Tools
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575423006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575423005
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book helped me to re-frame the entire nap time experience for my 2 year old after a highly frustrating month of her fighting it with a vengeance. The book puts napping in a very positive light, and gave me the language I needed to get my daughter back on track. It has been instrumental in getting her to enjoy her naps again. And-- bonus-- her naps are longer than ever since we started reading this book every day at nap time! I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to get their toddler to feel good/safe/happy about taking naps.
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I love these books!
Somehow, my 2 year old takes the lessons less personally when we read about it in the books. We have the sharing, calm down time, hands are not for hitting and now this book in the series. The books are simply stated so that a 2 year old can understand. They are vague enough that they apply to most children and situations. A bonus, the colors and patterns are vintage/nostalgic and fun to look at.
When I tell him it's nap time, he gets very defensive and argumentative. So, my strategy has changed. Now, we sit down to read this book. The mommy in the book tells the boy it's nap time. My son can see how the little boy in the book responds and naps nicely. I can then lay him down and tell him to nap nicely like the boy in the book.
We've taken a cue from the books and differentiated nap time, bed time, and "calm down time". My son still naps in the morning, but has given up his afternoon sleep. However, he still gets tired and needs to rest in the afternoons. The "calm down time" book has helped demonstrate what it means, to have alone time and rest (without having it be punishment or "time out". I highly recommend that book, too.
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I'm attempting to buy all the Toddler tool books because they are really fantastic.My daughter loves the illustrations and design of the book as well as how it calms her down and had a phrase that cues her that it's naptime. All the Toddler Tool books are really great and work really well for me!
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I ordered this book for our two year old granddaughter who had suddenly began protesting taking a nap, even though it's quite evident that she's very tired in the middle of the day and really needs a nap. I searched EVERYWHERE for a book that specifically addresses naps, and not going to bed at night, and this is the only one I found! Even so--this is the ABSOLUTE PERFECT book for our purpose!! It talks about how the little boy in the book still wants it to be play time when his Mommy tells him it's nap time. Then the mommy talks to the little boy about why taking a nap is a good thing, saying cute little phrases like, "I take a little rest, so I can feel my best!" The little boy ends up deciding he can be (and wants to be) A Happy Napper! The book is the perfect length for a 2 - 4 year old, and uses language that they love and say along with you after they've heard the book a time or two. Our little Sam likes us to read it a couple of times just before her nap, and then she "reads" the book to her animals after we leave the room. As we go out the door and turn out the light, we say, "Night Night Happy Napper"! And she says it right back to us. This book has made a world of difference in helping Sam to understand why she takes a nap, and to be happy to do it on most days. It's simply irreplaceable, and PERFECT for creating your own Happy Napper!!
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This is an awesome book! Teaches great habits and explains why naps are important in a way toddlers understand! "I take a rest each day to have a better day" my daughter actually told me she was crabby so she needed a nap to "have a better day" it was great!
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My two year old is a fan of other Toddler Tools books. We have Mealtime and Bedtime, and decided to get Naptime too. She likes it okay, and we have it memorized a little bit now. When she protests at naptime we can say, "Do you remember why we nap?" and she says, "We need a rest". It explains why we need to take naps in a gentle and simple way. It did help but its definitely not a miracle book. Now she knows when we pull out the book that its time to take a nap and she doesn't want to read it... so we are going to take a break from it and try it again after she forgets about it. Its great for helping to wind down before a nap, and when used with other naptime books the message will eventually get through. The illustrations are great too, I like that they show picking up toys and putting them away before naptime. We do that too as a signal that playtime is over and its time to rest, and having an illustration cements that in her mind.
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I bought this book based on the previous good reviews and I have not been disappointed. Naptime has been a real issue in our house for the past couple of months. We were resorting to driving our 2.5 year old in the car EVERY DAY to get him to take a nap. I have been incorporating Pantley's no cry techniques and this book has been a real complement to our naptime routine. We read this book whenever he wants to, but particularly before naptime. My son likes to copy the actions in the book, like giving a hug and a kiss when the boy in the book gets one. It's actually now easier to put my son down for a nap than for bed!

I really like how the book is simple for a little one to understand and has a really gentle tone. The illustrations are really great as well.
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