I used to 1/2 giggle at parents talking about stopping naps. I mean, afterall, 5yr olds nap when they go to kindergarten, so obviously kids NEED naps.
But my 3yr old is fighting me. And I have two parts with this - with regards to daycare.
First... the Perfect world.
In a perfect world... my son goes to full-time daycare. It's a BIG at-home daycare with 17kiddos. It's not ideal for sleeping. He's fighting it. I kinda understand that with so many distractions.
At home, on the weekends, IF I keep him up until 8pm, on the weekend I will put him down for a nap in his bedroom which has blackout curtains, music, solitude. Sometimes he will sleep 2hrs. Sometimes he will sleep 1/2hr. It is the best possible situation for him to sleep, and even at home, he's hit or miss.
At school, almost never now. He rarely sleeps.
He's always been an amazing sleeper, 12+hrs since he was a baby. Easy to go down; easy to nap. But things have changed with this new daycare (abt 6months now). While I've always been strict with bedtime at 7:30, I started keeping him up until 9pm, thinking if he was super-sleepy, he would nap at school.
So we've gone back to 7:30, so atleast he gets his 11hrs... he crawls in bed with me around 6:30 and 1/2plays, gets up about 7am.
He's not napping, but at least he's getting a good night's sleep. That's the Real of Today.
My 2nd question is...
he might potentially start Head-Start. He's got a speech disorder that he can get Head-start for free because he's in speech therapy with the school district.
Head start ends at 1pm.
And then the bus would take him to his afternoon daycare. Right in the middle of nap-time.
Meaning... he won't be getting a nap.
It's almost set up so he won't nap. Bus takes him from Head-Start to the next place, at... 1:30 at best. At that point, whatever kiddos in the daycare are already napping. I've already researched this with a number of different daycares, including montessori and at home places, and they say they get kids from the Head Start bus and keep them separate from the other kids who are already napping.
They might try at the now 1:30/2:00, but by that time, the other kids are starting to wake up. So really those Head-Start kids don't get a nap.
It's like it's setup so No Nap for those kiddos.
I'm a single mom, FT working mom. I have limited options of picking him up from potential Head-Start and bringing him home to nap at 2pm. Maybe 2x a week at best.
Honestly, I think.... he'll leave Head-Start, go somewhere else, be in a separate room, and join the afternoon group when they're done with nap.
Which mean... NO Nap for him
I just want some feedback on what 3yrs should be doing for nap. I think they should be napping. I don't know that I can change his daycare situation, but since he's already fighting his current situation, including my perfect at home scenario in dark with music.... is it possible he just Doesn't Need Nap?