Nap time - share with me/us!!

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Nap time - share with me/us!!
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Tue, 01-03-2012 - 5:05pm

Please share how you do nap.

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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 8:35am

Hi there, I am new to the forum. But this is the exact topic I have been looking to discuss :)

I have been a child care provider for many years. I have done about 8 years in a center, with one of those years being as Supervisor. I have been doing in home childcare for 3 years now.

I was very lucky when I first started. All three kids I had, plus my own two all napped at the same time, my own 2 in their rooms, the other 3 in my spare room. 2 in playpens and 1 on a mat on the floor.

Now my own 2 no longer nap, my son is almost 4 and my daughter is 6 and in school.

I look after a 16 mon. old, 18 mon. old, 23 mon. old, 2 year old, 3 year old.

The 16, 18, 23 mon. old kids all nap in a playpen in my spare room. I put them down around 11:30 and the get up around 1:30. I will be moving the 23 mon. old to a mat soon.

The 3 year old does not nap, but she does have quiet time looking at books and my son 4, watches TV.

I just started the 2 year old yesterday and my biggest issue with him is that he goes down for a nap at 10:30. Which IMO is way to early for a child that age to nap, he is pretty well getting up when the others are going down. Which leaves me no time for a break. I tried holding him off, but that DID NOT work!

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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 1:45am
Hi! And welcome!
You have lots of young ones!
So if most of your kids are napping from 11:30 - 1:30 when do the kids have lunch? Before they lay down (11) or afterwards?

As for the 2 yr old you just started could you try to lay him down earlier, like 9 - 10?

When I have younger kids I have them nap from about 9 - no later than 11 so that way they go down again at 1:00. I have a 15 month old right now and I lay him down around 9 or 9:30 and I will wake him up between 10:30 & 11. He usually goes right down at 1:00 with everyone else. I need that break! Is that the only nap he takes? I would definitely try to work with the parents and get the nap moved to something that works better for your daily situation.

Allison
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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 8:38pm

The kids eat lunch at 11:00.

I can't put him down for an early nap and then one with the others because I have to pick my daughter up from school at 1:40. I just find that at the age of 2 it is a bit early for him to be having a nap. Even the 15 mon. old goes down with the others at 11:30.

BTW- I don't have all of those kids at the same time :-P They are all PT'ers ":)

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 2:42pm
oh, well that makes sense:)

Just a suggestion - could you lay them down after you get your daughter? Then you and her could have some time together? Whem my daughter got out of school at 12:20, we would pick her up come back and have lunch and the daycare kids would lay down later - around 1:45/2:00. Obviously it depends on when they are picked up, but it worked at that time.

Hopefully you've figured out something. I would just try laying him down 15 minutes later each day until he is laying down when you want him to - if it's ok with his parents.
Allison