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WWYD: Napping at Daycare

JB does not nap at daycare.  I think the longest she has napped there is about 45 mintues...total...all day.  She will however nap on the weekends.

Her daycare is closed this week but one of the teachers has come in to watch a few of the kids in the toddler room.  JB is in that room and during nap time she has slept on a mat directly on the floor (vs in a PNP) - AND SLEPT!  Yesterday she slept 1.5 hours.  Today was 1.75 hours.  If she naps again tomorrow I'm seriously considering asking the infant room to allow her to sleep on a mat instead of in the PNP.

WWYD? Can you see any downside to letting her sleep on a mat? Obviously the teachers would need to watch her a bit more closely to make sure when she wakes she doesn't crawl around and bother the other kids/start playing/etc.  Is there some other negative I'm not thinking of?

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Re: WWYD: Napping at Daycare

  • I see nothing wrong with asking for her to nap on a mat, it's a completely reasonable request.  I would question them if they say it's not a possibility.
  • I work with young children in a daycare setting and we have had families as this time and time before. If it works for your child, i don't see why they wont. Like PP said, if they wont I would question as to why not.
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  • go for it!

    RB started sleeping on a cot at 12 months so i dont think 10 months is crazy at all.

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    go for it!

    RB started sleeping on a cot at 12 months so i dont think 10 months is crazy at all.

    So let me ask you - if RB wasn't fully asleep when they put her on the cot would she stay there and soothe herself to sleep?

    That's the only part I'm trying to figure out. Because I know this staff won't rock JB to sleep and then lay her down.  If they just set her on the mat because it's nap time she won't lay there and settle.  At least I don't think.  She will soothe herself to sleep during nap time at home but it usually involves her sitting up for awhile, moving around, and then finally curling up with her blanket.

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    imagectbride08:

    go for it!

    RB started sleeping on a cot at 12 months so i dont think 10 months is crazy at all.

    So let me ask you - if RB wasn't fully asleep when they put her on the cot would she stay there and soothe herself to sleep?

    That's the only part I'm trying to figure out. Because I know this staff won't rock JB to sleep and then lay her down.  If they just set her on the mat because it's nap time she won't lay there and settle.  At least I don't think.  She will soothe herself to sleep during nap time at home but it usually involves her sitting up for awhile, moving around, and then finally curling up with her blanket.

    RB's self-soothing routine is really similar when she's home in her crib which is why i was shocked that she transitioned to the cot so easily.  The teachers rub her back for a little while, but most of the time they are able to leave her drowsey and she'll put herself to sleep. 

  • Another vote for - GO FOR IT. I don't know if she is cranky by afternoon, but you would think the staff would want her to nap. I don't think it is unreasonable for the staff to pat her back and help her settle (not rock) - heck, the kids' teachers do that for the preschool kids. Hope it works out!
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  • Our daycare is very flexible about where the children sleep (with parental buy-in of course) some kids sleep in the cribs, some in swings, Eli sleeps in a lamb chair.  Basically, if it helps with nap time they are down with it.  Our infant room also has 2-3 cots/mats that the older kids use before transitioning to the toddler room. I am sure if the parent asked, they would be ok putting a 10 month old there.  Which is all a very long way of saying, I would definitely explore it.  Good luck!
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  • Wow, maybe we should try a mat. Peanut is the Queen of Short Naps, even on the weekends. I say do whatever works! Smile
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