THE QUIET BOX METHOD EXPLAINED
Wondering what the Quiet Box Method is? The is an opportunity for you to create an independent environment for your child to have quiet time each day. The quiet box method can be used if you dropped nap and wish you hadn't, or have gotten out of the habit with life or travel. This also sets your child up for bedtime success by giving them the opportunity to nap on the days they need it and to independently play on the days they don't.
Q: What is the Quiet Box Method?
A: Use this quiet box for quiet time to give the opportunity for rest so that your child is set for success at bedtime.
A: Use a shoe box or tupperware box with a few novel toys (things from the bottom of the toy box, new books from the library, a few manipulatives.
A: On average, children are ready for the quiet box method at 18 months and can be used for older preschooler too.
A: Your child earns the quiet box each day at quiet time and must follow the Sleep Rules to earn the box the first day.
A: The quiet box is special and only offered at naps for little ones that are quiet.
A: Quiet time should start 6-8 hours after morning wake up.
Ex. If you child wakes up at 6:30 am, quiet time would start between 12-2 pm.
A: Start by closing the door and setting the time for 45 minutes and work to stretch quiet time to 1 hour.
A: Praise your child and put the box out of reach until the next time.
A: Your child may not need a nap everyday but quiet time will ensure that they have the opportunity to sleep if they need it along with the added benefit of independent play.
A: You want to wake your child after 1.5 hours of sleep to protect bedtime.
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