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  1. Debbie Greenlee says

    It’s really too bad that we have to adjust our babies to what is easier for daycare centers. My grandson is in one run by a children’s hospital in a big city. I was surprised to learn of their lack of concern for the babies. I picked up my grandson one day when everyone was napping. The music was so loud I could not hear the daycare worker. I asked her to turn it down, she did. She said it was loud so the other room could hear it. !!!!!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Debbie – Thanks for writing to us about your grandson! I’m sorry to hear that the music is so loud at your grand baby’s daycare! And it sounds like they might not be very flexible in regards to schedules too? I’m glad you asked about the loud music and that they turned it down for you! It never hurts to ask, and perhaps they’d put another stereo in the other room if you suggested it? We find that often, when asked for special accommodations, a daycare will try and help, but we’ve also heard about families leaving daycares in hopes of finding one that is a better fit. I hope that your grandson’s will continue to listen to your family’s concerns and perhaps implement some things that will help! Good luck!

  2. Debbie Greenlee says

    Why do daycares drop the morning nap for one year olds? Is it healthy?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Debbie,
      Thank you for your comment! I suspect daycares schedule naps because it makes it easier for them to plan their days and schedule their employees, but no, it’s not great for the younger babies. Most babies will take at least two naps until 15-18 months-old, and switching to one nap too early can cause overtiredness, fussiness, early waking, night waking, and other issues. I hope this helps!

      • Debbie Greenlee says

        thank you

  3. Maryclaire Connors says

    Hi, my son is 7 months and has been in day care for 1 month. He started about 4 weeks ago. He loves being with other babies but he’s gotten sick (cold, ear infection, and now a cough)…these two things: starting day care and being sick have completely thrown him off. He was a great sleeper (7:30 pm to 5:00 am most nights, without a wake up), but they haven’t really been following our schedule and he has been waking up 2-5 times a night…we are really not sure what to do. He’s actually switching to a different day care in two weeks-it’s a lot smaller and just has a better feeling. Would a consultation be worth it to us? Would you be able to offer solutions? Thanks!

    • Neosha says

      @Maryclaire – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. Day care can most certainly bring out illnesses and sleep disturbances especially as babies get accustomed to the change and if your care provider runs into issues sticking close to your son’s sleep schedule. We often and regularly work families through daycare sleep challenges and would love the opportunity to work with your family as well. You can even consider setting up a free, 15-min evaluation to speak with one of our senior sleep consultants so she can help you decide if you “need” more expert sleep support. You can set your evaluation up here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/personalized-baby-sleep-evaluation/ Hang in there, Maryclaire!

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Liz — sounds like you want to shift her morning wake-time to later, so that the later nap time will work better, right? We actually have a book that’s all about that – it’s called Shift Your Child’s Schedule. It’s available to Baby Sleep Site members. Have you considered becoming a member? It’s a budget-friendly option, and it gives you access to a ton of resources, including the Shifting Schedules e-book (members can actually download and print out a copy for free 🙂

    You can see more details about membership here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/diy/

    Thanks for checking in again, Liz!! 🙂

  5. Liz Dunn says

    Hi there Emily. I wanted to check in. My lo started MMO program this week and naps have been a little off this week. I don’t know maybe if the 18 month regression, teeth or a new schedule is taking its toll which I’m sure has a lot to do with it. She’s still sleeping through the night. Roughly she’s been waking between 6:45-7 am napping around 12:45-1:45 and then down around 6:30-6:45 but she’s tired when she wakes. I’m nit really sure what to do. I keep trying to push her schedule back but it doesn’t seem to be working. 🙁

  6. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Emily – thanks for the update! It sounds to me like you have a pretty good system going, actually – your twins sound like they are managing pretty well with the daycare schedule, and while the morning mini-nap at home isn’t ideal, it doesn’t sound like it’s throwing off the rest of the daytime schedule.

    You should do what you think is best, of course, but if I were you, I would probably keep things as they are, and trust that as the twins grown, they will no doubt stop needing that morning cat nap.

    Hope this helps, Emily – thanks again for commenting! 🙂

  7. Emily says

    Thanks for responding! They are pretty happy on daycare days–they have been sleeping there from about 1:30-3:45. They are a little tired when they get home around 4:30. It doesn’t throw off bedtime too much, we still put them down at 6:30-6:45 and they chat until maybe 7, then sleep fine. I think daycare is just more exciting than home! I just wish they would do just one nap a day at home…if I don’t let them do their 20-minute morning snooze at home, they’re asleep in their high chairs at lunch time, 11:15.

  8. Emily says

    I was glad to see this, as I am having a problem with my 18-month-old twins’ daycare schedule. Drop-off is at 7:30 and naptime isn’t until 1:00. They sleep at night from 6:30pm until 5:30am; husband & I wake up at 5:30 and they just don’t sleep thru it. They are at daycare MWF and home the in-between days. At home they take a 30-minute snooze around 9am and a nap around 1pm…I just can’t get them to only one nap a day at home. Where to even start?

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @Emily (what a lovely name!! 😉 — this is truly tough. Sounds like they are making up for a little lost sleep with that 9 a.m. snooze on the off days. Let me ask – does the one nap at daycare seem to be throwing them off, in terms of their disposition? Are they extra cranky or anything when you get them home? Is it messing with bedtime at all?

      • Rachael says

        We’ve been fortunate enough to find providers up to this point (2.5 yrs) that could accommodate our desired schedule and sleeping arrangement (pitch dark, sound machine) for our daughter. Recently we’ve switched her to a pre-school full-time where the conditions are very different (natural light coming thru the window at nap time, no sound machine). Thankfully the nap schedule is within the range of her ‘norm’. And she sleeps at home 7p-7a.

        What should my expectations for pre-school sleep be now with these changes?

        She has been napping at pre-school only about 1 hr (normally 2 hrs at home) – and it has been two weeks. There have just been 2-3 days where she slept 1.5+ hrs.

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Hi @Rachael – Thanks for writing to us! It’s great to hear that you have been able to find daycare that was so accommodating! Hopefully the transition to napping at preschool goes as well! It’s great that she is already sleeping for 1+ hour! You may want to give your daughter a little more time to adjust, and you may want to do bedtime just a little early on days where she naps only one hour. She may lengthen those naps more regularly as she adjusts to the new school! Good luck!!

  9. Liz Dunn says

    My 17 month lo is starting a MMO program in a month and I’ve been trying to work with her on shifting her nap schedule back. She usually gets up at 6:30 naps around 11:30-1 and bed at 6:30. Her program is 9:30-12:30. So she will nap when she gets home. What is a realistic bedtime and wake time that I need to move her to? With her napping that late in the afternoon I’m afraid she won’t be going to bed till late. Just curious what I should be expecting. And what sort of schedule I need to move her too. Thanks!

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @Liz – That’s a great idea that you’re trying to shift your schedule before your daughter starts her MMO program! Have you started putting her down at the time you think she’ll be napping during the MMO program? If so, what have you discovered so far? It might take a few days of trial and error to find what works for her (and you) to see if she can still keep her 6:30 bedtime if she’s napping later in the day, or if that is not enough awake time for her to fall asleep at her normal time. Also, keep in mind that most toddlers adjust to the new schedule after a little while. And don’t forget to enjoy your time when she’s in MMO! I hope that helps, and thanks for commenting!

  10. Frannie says

    My little girl is a great sleeper, in no small part to this website 🙂 I do have a question, as she is getting older- she will be three in October.
    At her daycare, she still mostly naps every day. Nap length can be between 1-2 hours. On days (at home and school) when she doesn’t nap, she sleeps from 7-7, almost like clockwork.
    I’m wondering how to tweak her schedule on days she does nap. She usually sleeps from 1-2 or 1-3 and then bedtime is really tough for her to settle, sometimes taking her until 9:30 to drift off, even though lights out is at 8 pm. Then I usually have to wake her at 7, and she will nap at school, for 1-2 hours. Then it’s a late bedtime again… should we just try to cut the naps totally? We’ve tried waking her after an hour- this doesn’t always lead to an earlier bedtime. Her sleep just seems longer and she seems more rested after a “no nap” day. Any advice?

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @Frannie – Those nap transitions can be so tricky! If you’ve already tried limiting her naps to an hour, and it’s still resulting in her not getting to sleep at a decent time, then she may be ready to transition to no naps. If daycare still requires her to nap as part of their daily schedule, it may mean moving bedtime later to give her ample wake time. As her parent, you’d know your daughter best to know if she’s ready to make the transition to no naps, but this article may help you decide, and also provides some tips to make the transition smoother: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/toddler-done-napping-3-signs/ Good luck, and thanks for sharing!