Short Story: Baby is 12 weeks old, always held or worn for naps. Going to daycare soon, how do we support him in the transition to crib naps?
DS will be 12 weeks on Saturday. In 2 weeks he starts daycare. I'm no stranger to the daycare scene, DD attended from 12 weeks till 4.5, so I know the caregivers are fantastic and knowledgeable. But I still have anxiety...
DS sleeps decent at night in a flat, firm bassinet next to our bed. At bedtime, we either rock him to sleep or hold him and bounce on a yoga ball.
We can't move to the rocking chair unless he is super calm and chill, almost dozing. Then we rock him until he's passed out. Bad habit I know, but 12 week old, pandemic, much needed baby cuddles/path of least resistance...
For nap, we either wear him or bounce on the ball. He does not transition well to the bassinet at naptime. His moro reflex is still quite strong. I've avoided swaddling when laying him down for naps because I know they can't at daycare. If he doesn't wake up as soon as I lay him down, he does 20-40 minutes later.
Daycare can't swaddle him, wear him or hold him for his naps. I highly doubt they can bounce with him on a yoga ball. What changes can I make now to help ease the transition?
pomelo / 5257 posts
@SweetCaroline: I don't have any tips but LO1 was similar. She ended up being held at three different daycares (over the course of a year because we moved) all of which said they wouldn't hold her for naps. Eventually when she started walking and weaned her naps got better.
kiwi / 617 posts
So I would adjust your nap routine for the next two weeks to something similar to what daycare would be.
Instead of a swaddle, get a sleep sack. We used this kind: https://www.halosleep.com/halo-sleepsack-swaddle-100-cotton-cream/
That way baby get the routine of having a swaddle put on, and its wrapped tightly around their body - but arms are free per daycare rules.
Then when baby is drowsy or asleep, put him in the bassinet, but stay there with your hand on their belly/chest. Keep singing or shushing while patting or just resting your hand.
It will be a rough transition - it always is. As a baby DD never napped as well at daycare as she did at home - there was way to much going on and she wanted to be a part of it! At home she would take 4- 45 min naps. Sometimes at daycare she would only take 1 or two naps! But as she got older, she napped longer and it all worked out.
Do what you can, try not to stress too much. Reach out to the daycare to find out more about the nap process if you think it will ease your mind. Your baby will be tired, baby will sleep
pear / 1718 posts
@jennlin821: it's a crap shoot. We have tons of Halo sleep sacks, that is what we swaddle with. They can't use it per licensing.
Taking Cara Babies actually advised the opposite
...don't change anything at home! 🤷♀️ I will prepare for the worst but hope for the best. DD did not have a rough transition to daycare, so that is not a given--maybe we will get lucky! She actually was always a better napper at daycare than at home 🤣...more tired out from all the activity and people watching.
nectarine / 2987 posts
As a daycare provider I'd say: just do whatever you want at home. Babies need sleep to be healthy, so if you like your home routine, keep it. If you don't like it then sure, give crib naps a try
Either way, they'll manage it at school