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t getting 'em down he dropping of the afternoon nap isn't always greeted with the huzzahs that other toddler milestones earn.The reason: Kids this age often still need some "quiet time" to keep from getting cranky— but good luck selling that plan to your kid. Noelle Cochran and Lele Diamond, child-development experts at Symbio, a San Francisco-based parenting resource, have tricks that can convince:

play name games Just saying "rest" can be a cue for kids to resist. Consider "break time" or "downtime," or ask your child for naming ideas, set reasonable expectations "It's hard for kids to comply with rules like 'Stay in bed," says Diamond, Consider letting her draw quietly, listen to a book on tape, or "read" If you like, offer options and let her choose, build up to it Begin with 20 minutes. "Start low so kids can succeed," explains Cochran. Work up to an hour from there. —Cecily O'Connor

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18 months The age at which your baby is finally developing abilities a chimp never will. (Won't find that milestone in your baby book!)

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