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I have been fortunate enough to be at home with DD for the past 8 months. However, the time has come for me to go back to work and I have to put DD in daycare. The one thing I'm worried about is her naps. Right now she takes 2 naps a day and sleeps from 7-7am. I spoke with the daycare today and told them what time she usually naps during the day (9:15 am and 1:30 pm). The lady then mentioned that she would have to get DD on their schedule (they have older kids and they all take a nap around 11:30 am). I guess I'm just a little concerned because I've been SO protective of DD's naps and making sure she gets her rest because she just looses it when she is overtired. Am I just being overly concerned and everything will be Ok? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> I'm worried that if she gets up too early from her afternoon nap that she will be a mess by the time I pick her up (around 4:30/5:00 pm) and won't make it to her bedtime. I also don't want to give her a nap when I get home because then she won't go to bed until much later which won't work for us because DH and I go to bed at 8:00 pm. Any advice/encouragement would be greatly appreciated. I'm already having a difficult time having to put her in daycare in the first place.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">
 

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No, I don't think you're being overly concerned. From what I've seen, 8 months is really young to try and transition to one nap a day. Most of my friends' kids were ready around 13-15 months, but not earlier than that. Obviously, every kid is different, and some babies might be ok with one nap that young, but I think for the day care to try and force your DD into that would be a mistake.<br><br>
Personally, given her age and the fact that she's always had a regular nap routine, I don't think it's unreasonable at all for you to expect the day care to stick with that as much as possible. Or if they can't, since they only have older kids, is it possible to find another one that has another younger child? For babies that have pretty regular routines, I think following those routines is a source of comfort. The transition to daycare will already be a big change for her, but it will be eased if she can keep her other routines as similar as possible. I wouldn't think it was unreasonable if they wanted her to shift her nap times slightly to a time that was more in sync with other kids, or that made it more convenient for them, but to go from two to one - that's too big a change.<br><br>
Just my opinion... but maybe other mothers who have actually been through that situation will tell you she can weather it fine? As I said, I don't have direct experience. But I know that if I tried to get my DD (who's currently 6 months) down to one nap a day right now, we'd have a raving terror on our hands.<br><br>
ETA: You might want to also post this on the working and student mamas thread, since there are a lot of mothers there with day care experience, who might know how typical/unusual this is for the DCP to expect, or how to deal with it.
 

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i agree<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
i would be concerned. fortunately our daycare does naps based on the child's need not on a schedule.
 

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I worked as an ECA in an infant room for 4 years. In an infant room the schedule needs to be flexible meaning that babies will be sleeping/eating at different times. Yes the older babies may be on one nap and that is fine but that should not mean the younger infants need to be on there schedule. In my room we would put down the younger infants when they got sleepy and for some that was right after am snack at around 9:15-9:30 (or they would sleep on the walk) and then they would typically have another nap in the pm. The older infants would usually only need 1 nap and they would go to sleep after lunch around 11:45-12:00. Also if a baby was sleeping when it was lunch or snack time we would save their food for them to have when they woke up.
 

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Thank you for the replies. I probably should have been a little more specific. The daycare said that she is still too young for 2 naps but what they plan on doing is giving her a morning nap and then an afternoon nap around when the other children are sleeping. I just feel that if DD gets up from her afternoon anp any sooner than 3 pm then she'll never make it to bedtime. Plus, as PP mentioned I really hate to have to put her through so many changes at once. Maybe I need to talk to the daycare and get more info. and let them know how important DD's schedule is. I guess I'm a little upset too because when we interviewed the daycare the lady said that the babies slept separately from the other children because of the need for more naps/sleep. Finding a daycare is hard enough as it is so I'm doubtful we'll find another one.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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