Carolyn - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
My son (almost 18 months old) has been attending a home daycare part time since he was 10 monhts old. He adjusted quite well and really enjoys going there. Over the Christmas holidays, my husband and I were home with him for about two weeks and he seemed to really enjoy this (especially spending time with Daddy whom de doesn't get to see as often). However, since returning to the sitter he absolutely refuses to nap for her. He will stay in his playpen and talk or whimper or sometimes cry. She has tried many things but he won't sleep. Prior to the break, he was sleeping 1.5-2 hours for her easily. He ends up being exhausted when he comes home to us. The thing is, that the days he's home with me he continues to nap really well. I've also noticed he's starting to get a bit upset when I leave him in the mornings with the sitter and any time either my husband or I are out of sight, he's constantly calling "Mama?" or "Dada?". In the mornings, he regularly searches the house for his dad who has already left for work.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with this? My main concern is his napping at the sitter's. He's just not the same kid without enough sleep. I'm assuming part of this is just a stage he is going through that happens to coincide with having to adjust to not seeing mom and dad all day anymore.