Re: Transition to daycare - older babies
posted at 9/3/2011 10:06 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Transition to daycare - older babies
[QUOTE]I was wondering if anyone had any nap advice for daycare. We have been doing pretty okay, in that she has mostly been playing and eating relatively happily at daycare. But naps are a problem. At home, we used to struggle but now she does really well. We read books, sing a song, and put her down awake. 90% of the time she goes to sleep on her own without crying. She rarely naps anywhere else, maybe once a week in the car. So far at daycare (only the 2nd week), she has been crying hard and long at nap time. The very kind people try to hold her and comfort her, but she pushes them and fights them. I'm not sure how to help. When I dropped her off this morning, I looked at her crib with her and talked about how nice it is. At home, she does have a lovey in her crib, but she doesn't really hold it or seem to care. Maybe I should get a duplicate for daycare? I feel badly for both her and the nice people... I guess this is the (only!) downside of having gotten her to be so good at napping in her own crib. Would love your advice!
Posted by medfordcc[/QUOTE]
Hi Medford, first..let me say that I know any transition is hard, but I think you need to take a deep breath and trust that the world is not going to stop turning if you label your daughter's shirt wrong..or if one day she may not eat all of her blueberries. The transition from home care to day care can be tough, but tears and stress may send your daughter the wrong message.
As far as nap time, your daughter is ..what..maybe 3 possibly 4 days into her new day care situation? Added to that, she now has a different routine 2 days a week. All of this is going to take time to adjust to. Nap time( or quiet time) is a big transition point in the average day care day so it will take her time. Some things to consider..if your daughter doesn't use the "lovey" at home..chances are it is not going to comfort her at day care. Is nap time at day care at the same time she is used to taking naps on non day care days? If it is different this will be part of the problem. I understand some centers do this, but I question the wisdom of having a set nap time for this age group anyhow..at least at first.
While it's understandable that you would be nervous about her hair being pulled..etc..value gained in socialization at a good quality child care center far outweighs these concerns. What's important is that the staff has an understanding of age appropriate behavior and is adept at redirecting. Above all..it is important to give your daughter time to adjust..and to give yourself time to adjust to the changes as well.
(PS..if you think this is stressful..wait 10 years!)