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Old 12-31-2010, 11:57 PM
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Default Kids Sleeping/Napping Arrangement

For those of you who have a home-based daycare, how are your napping arrangements? Do the kids each have a cot? Do you separate boys from the girls? Do you have the parents take home blankets/pillows at the end of the week to wash?
I work in a school and kids have a mat, but we do not separate the boys & girls; we do send the blankets & pillows home each Friday with hopes that they get a washing, but most of the time, they don't.
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I have mats. I don't seperate the boys from the girls. I supply the blankets, sheets, and pillows and wash them all myself.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:57 AM
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We have the children all sleep on cots (they're not that much more expensive than mats. But we got our's from another place that shut down and were selling them, so we got a pretty good price for them. $15 each, I believe, maybe less). We do not seperat the boys and girls. Infact, sometimes we alternate them, so that two boys aren't next to each other because they like play around and horse play instead of laying quietly.
The parents bring their balnkets and pillows on their first day of attendance and bring them home to wash on Fridays. I think it's good for them to have something familiar from home to sleep with. They seem to settle down faster, too.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:43 PM
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I have cots, all my kids (except when first transitioning babies) sleep in the same room. I supply blankets, sheets and pillows, each child has one that they use exclusively, and I wash them all at the end of the week myself.
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:31 PM
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All my children sleep in the living room. I make them all little nap mats and blankets when they start and ask their parents to provide a small travel size pillow. I wash them weekly.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:29 PM
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I plan to purchase cots for my future daycare, but have not decided on a website to order from yet. I know there are many options. I just like the idea of cots over mats, but either will work. I also want parents to provide a blanket and pillow. It will just help overall with my start up expenses if they provide it, but if it drives me nuts I might provide those myself too! Has anyone had parents leave the pillow and only bring the pillow case and blanket home on the weekend to wash? For those who wash everything in their own home, does it make it worth it to do it yourself? I know it would make a difference on time if you can count the time you run your washer/dryer.

BTW, the main reason I don't like mats is because our current daycare kids who use a mat instead of a cot play with it and flip it on top of them to use as a blanket or pillow or toy and I also hate the crinkle noise it makes in general. ha ha
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I am planning to purchase cots within the next few months. I prefer the idea of them being up off the floor a bit--warmer, softer. I plan on providing sheets, pillows, and blankets, because I don't trust my dcparents to EVER manage to provide things like that, lol.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:54 AM
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We sleep all dck in the same room. The infants in cribs and older kids on cots. I supply sheets and blankets (no pillows) and I wash everything on Fridays. It's easier for me to just supply blankets than to have to remember to send them home and then count on the parents to bring them back on Monday.

You may be able to find cots for a decent price on craigslist. My fleece blankets cost me $1.50 each. I bought 51x67 fleece blankets for $2.99 from IKEA and I cut them in half. The edges don't unravel so no sewing involved.
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Babies in pnp's sleep in a bedroom. Once they're about 15 months they transition to sleeping with the "big kids" in the daycare room. I just use sleeping bags on the floor, with a blanket for a cover.
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I use mats. They take up less space than cots, are cushier than the cots, are easy to sterilize and store.

Parents bring bedding on first day of are, I wash weekly. I want to make sure it's here on Monday, so I don't send it home.

I sleep all of my children in the playroom. My space is broken up into centers, so the children have solid barriers between them, which reduces the amount of play at naptime. They can have books on their mat, but they must all try to fall asleep.

School-agers stay in the living room during nap and are offered books, drawing, puzzles, etc.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:36 AM
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I have kids sleeping all over my house - We have a 2 story - so top floor is my son in his bed, my 5 yr old daughter in her bed / 15 mth old in PNP in my room, 3 yr old girl in guest room on cot, 3 yr old girl on cot in office / 3 mth old baby in PNP in dining room on main floor with me / 4 yr old girl on cot in basement / 2 yr old girl in PNP in basement.

I reserve the main floor for me and my dog ( and newborn babies ) so I can clean, be louder if I want to etc. The parents like the fact that each child has their own space/room to sleep in so they get a good nap.

Parents bring bedding first day of enrollment - I keep them here and wash them. I provide pillows and sheets.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:00 AM
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I seperate the children between two of my day care rooms. The children 2 and under sleep in a pack n play and the older children sleep on crib mattresses. I bought crib mattresses because they are so much more comfortable and the children seem to get to sleep easier than on cots.
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I have mats. I don't seperate the boys from the girls. I supply the blankets, sheets, and pillows and wash them all myself.
I do it the same and wash linens everyday...
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