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nannyde 08:47 AM 03-07-2020
Originally Posted by Unregistered:
My 12 month old just started daycare at KinderCare part time (8:30-11:30) two weeks ago after spending a year with me at home. Just started letting him stay for naptime (12-2:30pm) yesterday.

He fought the workers quite a bit, but eventually they were able to get him to sleep for about half an hour (He normally sleeps 2 hrs).

He is still crying badly at drop off and pickup, but does pretty ok during the day, and hasn't cried too much since the first two days)

I'm just worried that because he hasn't started walking yet (just cruising) and still nurses to sleep half the time, and is a contact napper at home, that this adjustment is too much. How do I know if he is ready?
He needs his own adult all day every day. Putting him in a group will mean he has to share an adult. It wonít work.

When he can be put to bed wide awake and go to sleep without nursing to sleep and sleep a couple of hours with lights on and noise from the room, he will show you he is ready.

When he can entertain himself on the floor and not need an adult to hold him, walk him, and rock him during awake times, he will show you he is ready.

Heís not unique. Babies who have one to one care wherein they have an adult who hosts there sleep and play then require it to sleep and play. Itís easy math. You want him to not cry and you do whatever you can to make sure he doesnít. Thatís your mom gig. Itís all good. He just needs a mom to keep it up and he wonít have that at daycare.