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naptime at daycare...

My 2 year old dd has been in daycare for a little over a month now and she's been doing pretty good she had a rough start but she's been adjusting well. Then all of a sudden the last couple daysshe has had these screaming fits at nap time she refuses to sleep and keeps the other children awake with her with her tantrums. its gotten to the point her teacher has sent her out with another teacher so that the other kids can nap. I'm not sure how to deal with this, she enjoys going and playing with the other kids and all the other activities she just throws a fit at nap time what do i do how do i habdle the situation when i can't be there, and I'm worried they will kick her out, can/will they do that???

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Asked by lalasmom8 at 6:32 AM on Mar. 27, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • It depends on how long this behavior lasts and if they are hurting to fill all of their available spots. What about letting her pick out some kind of stuffed animal and explaining to her that it's her special nap time stuffed animal and leave it at her daycare. They can give it to her when she's ready to take a nap and then put it up once she wakes up. There's no harm in trying it. :)

    Answer by vnw1405 at 6:35 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • One thing that I've found that really soothes stressed out children at nap time is to to buy a children's "Walkman" with earphones. Buy their favorite Cd's with stories and music that will relax them. If you really want to be creative, and you have the equipment and know how, is to make your own Cds of their favorite stories and lullabies read and sung by you. When nap time comes, just have her lay on her cot with the Walkman underneath and put the earphones on and turn it on. Get a nice soft cushy blanket and pillow and her favorite toy. Whether she goes to sleep or not, she will quietly relax to the soothing story or music. This will give both your child and the whole class a chance to rest, and her teacher a chance to regroup for afternoon activities, bringing a lot less stress into the whole classroom.


    Answer by UltimateGrandma at 8:15 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • If the day care wants to kick her out for that, you want another day care anyway. They should be willing to work with you to find out what the problem is. If she doesn't want to take a nap, it shouldn't be forced. They should offer a spot int he corner with some books or other quiet toys.

    Ask the teachers for more detail. Does she cry before or after she lays down. Does she have a specail toy or blanket that she usually uses that maybe they aren't giving her? Did she fall off the matt or a child hit her while on it to make her not like it? (our matts are off the floor, but others are not) Is there a sheet? Cold matt might be annoying to her. Does she cry just looking at it? Is she still hungry? Maybe she needs another plate of food to settle her before going down for a nap.

    It might be beneficial for you to visit around lunch time and see exactly what happens.

    It's possible she's sick too.

    Answer by ferdo0204 at 8:58 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • cont. My dd had an ear infection and she was acting out a bit b/c she didn't feel good. Maybe laying down bothers her. But that would bother her at home too. ANyhow, just some ideas.

    Answer by ferdo0204 at 8:58 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • The won't kick her out. It's their job to take care of her, fit or not. All kids are different. What time do you get her there in the mornings? Most kids her arrive early should be knocked out at nap from exhaustion. I was a toddler teacher once upon a time and the only children who didn't sleep, were the ones who had only arrived right before naptime. If they're good at their job they can get her soothed and asleep eventually.

    Answer by MAMAMISTY33 at 10:39 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

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