I made a deal with one of my sons to give his paci's to a new baby in exchange for a big boy (toddler) bed and a special present. Thurs after naps, I made the change. He has not once cried or asked for his paci's back. His first night, he needed a lot of rocking & back patting to sleep. Then he woke up at 1 am and I brought him in bed with us and he slept the rest of the night. Since then, he goes to sleep with me sitting along side his bed, except for once when I "went to get a drink of water" and he fell asleep alone. I think this is very good for a 2 1/2 year paci addiction.
Naps are another story. He is mr energy- jumping off his bed, running around his room. Up to and including Thurs he was napping everyday. Not a super long nap but at least an hour, sometimes two. Usually he would wind down by reading in his crib. he still has the books in his bed but reads one and then gets up again. I've tried rocking, laying with him. No dice. He's a mess by dinner and once nodded off in the playroom right after his brother woke up from his nap.
Do I just keep bringing him up and leave him to play in his room or do I keep trying to help him sleep? If he would last a good hour playing in his room, I would deal with afternoon crankiness. I have stuff to do during naps and I count on an hour of quiet to recharge for the afternoon.