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Old 04-09-2019, 02:21 PM
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Iím working on getting licensed to open an in-home childcare and should be ready to open in about a month. I have a 17-month-old son who is used to napping in his crib. When I open my daycare, he will need to nap on a mat like the other kids. Iím worried he will just want to play and wonít ever fall asleep on a mat.

Should I start transitioning him now? Maybe start by putting him down on a mat in his room, and move him to the play room when he can sleep on the mat in his room? Or just wait until I open and hope that he will take a nap ďlike the big kidsĒ?

Has anyone had the same problem? What did you do?

Thanks for your advice!!
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:11 AM
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:17 AM
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If you aren't required to keep your own children in the same room as you during daycare hours, I'd just let him nap in hos own room however he normally naps.

If you are required to keep him in the same room with you, I'd start out napping him on a nap now before you open for business so he is familiar with napping that way prior to your accepting others into care.

Seems it's a process for all kids but is definitely doable.

You could also use a PNP instead of nap mat if you think he'd do better that way. Unless your state has rules about that too..lol!

I think your son's adjustment to daycare will be an ongoing ever changing process and is usually one of the biggest issue providers deal with. It's not always negative but it's definitely something most in home providers have to do if their own kiddos are younger and part of care.

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Old 04-10-2019, 11:22 AM
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If you aren't required to keep your own children in the same room as you during daycare hours, I'd just let him nap in hos own room however he normally naps.

If you are required to keep him in the same room with you, I'd start out napping him on a nap now before you open for business so he is familiar with napping that way prior to your accepting others into care.

Seems it's a process for all kids but is definitely doable.

You could also use a PNP instead of nap mat if you think he'd do better that way. Unless your state has rules about that too..lol!

I think your son's adjustment to daycare will be an ongoing ever changing process and is usually one of the biggest issue providers deal with. It's not always negative but it's definitely something most in home providers have to do if their own kiddos are younger and part of care.

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Same. I started home daycare when DD was 2.5. She has always been mostly with the same flow as daycare kids, but not always. Her meals have been different (medically related), and of course she has some special toys that are kept separately, and stuff like that. She has always slept in her own space.

She did happen to quit daytime naps at about the same time I started home daycare. She's never been a fantastic sleeper though--a bit on the short side unfortunately.
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Old 04-14-2019, 06:30 AM
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Does your state require your children to do the same as the others? If not, I would leave him be. I'm license exempt in my state since I only keep 4, so I don't have regulations on that.

My own baby was a few months old when I started back full time. A few months before she was born, 3 of my kids went on to Kindergarten or Preschool and I just had 1 part timer. My baby is now 17 months. She sleeps in her bed, in her room. If she gets to the age where she wants to sleep in the nap room with her friends, she'll be more than welcome to.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:11 AM
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I'm another vote for let them sleep in their own space. My oldest started in my daycare when I opened at age 1. My youngest at 4 weeks . The oldest always slept in his own room upstairs on the main floor, the youngest went up when he was on 2 naps, before he slept in a pack n play in next room or even outside flat in a stroller. I just use baby monitors at night so I bring those down at nap for them. The youngest is also trapped in room via door knob thing hes currently 3 years.

As well I've made sure to have their toys in their rooms, and daycare toys downstairs. When they get new toys that are better fit with daycare we talk about it and it useally gets brought down. But most toys they get now go to their own rooms.
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