Not sleeping at daycare

Gabrielle - posted on 05/08/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Help. My daughter is 18 months old and has stopped sleeping at daycare. She is just refusing too and happy playing but by the time she gets home she is miserable and too tired to eat. At home on the weekends she still has two sleeps and needs them - 2-3 hours in the morning and 1-2 hours in the afternoon. I don't know what to do

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Gabrielle - posted on 05/08/2009

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She used to sleep fine there - they have a cot room where all the kids go to sleep - her and another child used to have the same sleep routine and the rest would only have one sleep a day at midday. I am starting to think she is worried she is going to miss out on something - they keep trying to get her to sleep but she just screams and won't go down - even if all the other kids are asleep she stays up and is happy to sit in the office with the teacher. When she is up with them she is fine.
Most days they get a cooked lunch so I guess I could give her more of a lunch type meal for dinner and let her go to bed earlier - it's just hard when we don't get much time with her anyway

Jen - posted on 05/08/2009

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My daughter is 17 months and there has been a few times that they've told me she didn't take a nap. I picked her up at the end of nap time (1:30) one day and they said she hadn't fallen asleep yet and I was taking her to work with me. Luckily she was very well behaved, but I hate when she doesn't get her nap. She also always takes her 2 naps on the weekends, but not always during the week. We usually just put her to bed earlier on the days she doesn't get a nap, but she's usually not that cranky.



You should ask her day care teachers if they can take the kids outside to run around before they eat lunch and take their nap. That may help wear her out so that she's sleepy and ready for her nap. You could also suggest that they make her lay on her mat and not have any toys within reach. Hope things get better.

Natalie - posted on 05/08/2009

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What kind of daycare are you in? I use an in home provider and the first one we were in didn't follow our same goals of sleeping and always told us my daughter didn't need the naps because she was playing and happy so she wouldn't put her down; mostly because she didn't put her own kids down. Or she would put her on the floor in front of TV and call it "quiet time" with the other kids....Big mistake for us, she was miserable at night and would have to put her to bed very early every day. So we changed in home providers who put her down for two naps each day...now she comes home happy, rested and playful. The bottom line is if your daycare doesn't share your same perspective or requirements for care, then maybe it's time for a new daycare who respects your wishes. After all, you're paying them for this!

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she should sleep at daycare by the sound of what you say, have you talked to the teachers? think, you must have.

maybe its too exciting for her and she doesnt want to miss anything? can she have dinner there? my son doesnt eat at home at night, he has enough dinner there, so maybe thats the case. chances are, if she sleeps through she gets enough food, dont worry too much. she seems to have lots of energy.

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she should sleep at daycare by the sound of what you say, have you talked to the teachers? think, you must have.

maybe its too exciting for her and she doesnt want to miss anything? can she have dinner there? my son doesnt eat at home at night, he has enough dinner there, so maybe thats the case. chances are, if she sleeps through she gets enough food, dont worry too much. she seems to have lots of energy.

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