Once your little one becomes a SleepWell Baby and is sleeping like a champ at home, you might be looking down the road to how she will do when she begins daycare.  Many of the families we work with have concerns as they transition their child from home to daycare.  Once parents have seen the benefits of a well-rested child, they worry that daycare will interrupt their child’s sleep.


Here are a few questions we suggest you ask as you search for a daycare provider who will share in making your child’s sleep a priority.

  1. Where do the children sleep? Do the kids all sleep in one room, do they have spaces for each age group or does each child have their own room?
  2. What is the environment like – Is it dark, quiet, and is white noise used?
  3. What time are naps? Do all kids nap at the same time or do they follow each child’s individual schedule?
  4. Is the daycare able to follow the nap routine that the family uses at home?
  5. What do they do if a child doesn’t want to nap or is struggling to fall asleep?

If you have already chosen a daycare and now have a new sleep plan here are some of the tips we suggest passing along to your daycare provider.

  1. Have a meeting with your daycare provider. Explain your child’s sleep plan and the goals you have for your child’s daytime sleep. Ask if your daycare provider will follow the plan too. Daycares want their little ones well rested too so they’re usually open to following the plan.
  2. Discuss your child’s routine and the importance of the routine to being done consistently prior to naps.
  3. Send a sleep sack with your child or have a sleep sack that you can leave at daycare. If your child is a bit older, send along her lovey or have a lovey that can be left at daycare.
  4. If your child has a favourite book send it along to be used with the routine.
  5. Make sure the sleep environment is dark and quiet and if you use white noise at home ask if your daycare will use white noise too.
Jen Dupuis, BSN, MN and Alysa Dobson, B.Ed, PDC (SPEC) are Certified Child Sleep Consultants with SleepWell Baby.  They work with families to help them get the sleep they need.  Jen and Alysa offer support to parents with children ages 4 months- 8 years old through both in home and remote consultations.  They can be contacted at jeniffer@sleepwellbaby.ca and alysa@sleepwellbaby.ca.
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