Daycare Infant Sleep Schedules

posted 5 months ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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northeastlove :  infants are tough to get them all on the same nap schedule to start. Our center put kids down whenever they were sleepy but also had a set dark/quiet time in the afternoon since that was when nearly all of them napped at the same time. Once they move up to the toddler room it is a set schedule for everyone. Even still my daughter has never been a great napper so if she’s up while the other kids are sleeping she needs to play quietly by herself instead. 

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northeastlove :  Our daycare had infants follow their own sleep schedules, but in a separate, divided area of the room that was quiet and dim.

Post # 19
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northeastlove :  12:30-2pm seems like a good toddler nap time but not for infants who are likely taking 2-3 naps a day. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

You might not be fully understanding the place with the dedicated nap time.  A three month old can’t get by on one nap a day, they barely stay awake 90 minutes before they need a nap.  My son started in daycare at about five months.  They have a dedicated quiet time, I think its from noon to 2 and toddlers nap at that time, older kids have quiet time, ideally the infants nap at that time too but they aren’t really all on the same schedule.  Initially my son had three naps a day and now he’s down to two.  When I look at the summary they give me it seems like he pretty much never naps during the dedicated quiet time.  It amazes me he naps at all in the light and noisy room but he does, although not as long as at home.  Also, I work from home sometimes but still take my son to daycare.  I pick him up earlier but I can’t get any work done when he’s home.  

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northeastlove :  your baby is no stranger to noise. It’s very noisy in your body! It can actually be really helpful to have naptimes be lighter/noisier than bedtime so they can start to learn the difference. When my daughter was an infant she loved to nap on me and after she fell asleep I’d switch on netflix. If I managed to get her to nap in a crib or swing I’d move about the house doing dishes, playing with the dog, vacuuming, etc. 

Post # 23
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northeastlove :  that is kinda weird.  My baby would flip his shit if I stuck him in a crib and ignored him when he wasn’t tired, lol

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northeastlove :  I would not like that. In my state I think the ratios can be higher if the children are sleeping/resting, so if I saw that I would think they were using it as an excuse to have less staff on hand or something.

I would not want my infant sitting in a dark crib wide awake for 2 hours a day or whatever if their nap schedule didn’t jive.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

Okay, I would not go with that place then.  That does sound like they are just trying to short staff the place so everyone can get a lunch break at the same time without having staff fill in when others are on a break.  I wouldn’t like my infant just lying in his crib for 1.5 hours a day not sleeping.  They actually make some effort to have infants napping when they are tired and make efforts to help them get to sleep where my son is at.  

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