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Refusing naps at daycare


My 2-year old son just started daycare after being home with a nanny. He's refusing to nap there (they do one afternoon nap that aligns with his naptime at home). He's a good napper at home and sleeps a solid 11 hours each night. The napping situation is different of course at school - a cot instead of a crib. Any tips for how to help him adjust to his new napping situation? The preschool is suggesting a later bedtime or earlier wake-up time so he will be more tired out by naptime. I don't totally agree with this approach and am interested on other opinions or totally willing to be proven wrong on this assumption! Please share what worked for you or any stories of your transition process.

  • Momof1
    Aug 20, 2019

    How long has he been going to the daycare? Maybe the cot is just not as comfortable as his bed. Can you bring extra blankets or a quilt for his to sleep on top of?

  • Lena
    Aug 20, 2019

    My son started daycare at 18mo, exact same situation. He would come home exhausted, but after 2 months his teachers reported that he was taking 1.5 hour naps and I could definitely tell he was getting sleep. It definitely takes time, but he will learn from the other children

  • Jenn
    Aug 21, 2019

    My LO was been in daycare since 4 months, but even at that age it took her a bit to take good naps at daycare. This summer she has only been going 1 day a week since I'm home and it is hit or miss with her naps there. Once she starts again regularly I'm sure it will be fine all the time. He will get it eventually. He just needs time to adjust and get used to the extra stimuli (ie other kids, a different room) that he prob isn't used to at nap

  • Kendall
    Aug 21, 2019

    No advice, my son is the same way. After a 30 min fight he’ll pass out on the floor for 30-45 min tops at daycare....... that’s probably my fault for only having him nap in his nice quiet bedroom his whole life 😭 he’s been in daycare for over 6 mo now, and same story. He still will take his 2 hour nap on the weekend in his bed so 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • Sandi
    Aug 22, 2019

    It is not unusual for a child not to nap when they first start preschool. Give it a little time. Some children need to feel safe and comfortable before they will sleep at school. Once he bonds with the teachers and knows he can trust him, he will probably nap at school.

  • Pepper W.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Aug 29, 2019

    Hello, from my experience nap time can be challenging for children coming from home. It could be that he was rocked to sleep, comforted with a pillow, suffed animal or blanket. However, in Child Development Centers the SIDS law does not allow us to put any extras in the crib. Also not being in his or her comfortable environment. We as adults are most comfortable sleeping in our own bed, and may need to get adjusted to new environments.