When thinking about daycare or childcare start-up your first thoughts (or worries) might run (or jump) to SLEEP.
There are a few things that you can do to help this transition run more smoothly when it comes to sleep:
Ask you child’s daycare provider if they are willing to adjust their schedule in order to accommodate your child’s sleep. This will be especially important during nap transitions or sleep training.
Ask your daycare provider if they are willing to help implement good sleep strategies for your child.
Consider taking 3-4 days at home (maybe during a holiday or long wknd) to do sleep training.
Request your child’s nap room to be as dark as possible at Daycare.
Pick up an extra lovey or blanket to keep at daycare. Consistency is key!
Ask your daycare provider to log sleep.
An age appropriate sleep schedule is a must. Make sure you are on the same page when it comes to sleep totals!
Crib/Cot for SLEEP (not play).
Try to keep the same nap schedule at home as daycare!
Remember to always keep an open line of communication between you and your child’s caregiver. It is important to work as a team and to use consistent schedules and sleep strategies.
Starting daycare can be a difficult transition for your little one. Sleep will be a very important piece of the puzzle, so remember to ask your child’s caregiver these important questions!