Heather - posted on 07/25/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
My baby's sitter is a very nice person, and my baby is in no way in danger or anything that serious. My only problem is that she will not adhere to my baby's sleeping schedule. It is a pretty big deal to my husband and I because we both work full time jobs and there are many times that my daughter will come home WIDE AWAKE until midnight or later, because my sitter has had her napping for 4 or 5 of the 8 hours that my baby is there. Yes, I have discussed this with her more than once, to the point where I think I even upset her, but I am having a hard time understanding what is going on over there. Now, we have been sending Rowan to her aunt's house all summer (she is a teacher so has the summer off) and she has never once napped for more that 2 hours over there, at home, or in my mom's care. So I don't get how she could possibly be so tired at the sitter's house. She actually has had to get up earlier to go to her aunt's so you'd think she would need more sleep, but no, still no more than 2 hours. The sitter will "keep my baby awake" for a few days after I talk to her, then it's like we never had the conversation. She goes right back to having her sleep half the day until I have to talk to her again. I suspect that she let's her cry although when I asked she told me no that never happens. Also I work in a pretty small office of 35 people, where both her dad and her soon-to-be husband both work. This makes me feel a little awkward when I have to adress her constantly about the sleep issue. They have never said anything to me, but I have always gotten along with them, and now I feel like there may be tension, since I think I really ticked her off the last time I spoke with her on this. I may be imagining the tension at work, but is it time to look for a different sitter or should I continue with the sleep struggle? After all, I know this person better than anyone else I'd have to hire...