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Starting Nursery – 4 Top Tips for Napping at Nursery

Sending your little one off to nursery can be an anxious time for many parents. Perhaps, (after months of trying) you have just got them settled into a routine, sleeping well overnight and self-settling and the thought of sending them somewhere new to sleep fills you dread (on top of the guilt we often feel when going back to work).

But don’t worry – here are my top 4 tips to help ease your worry and the transition to nursery.

  1. Give them a “piece of home/you” to take with them. This might be their cot-sheet from home (familiar smells really calm us down). It might be their sleeping bag or even their comforter. This will help them feel more secure when going down for a nap.
  2. Don’t panic if their routine is different at nursery to when they are at home with you. Many babies nap differently at nursery and this doesn’t mean you have to adapt your home routine to match. For example, it’s very common for babies around the 9-12month mark to move to one nap at nursery whilst still happily taking two at home and this is okay. See my 2-1 nap guide for more info.
  3. Some babies will nap well at nursery (some even better than at home) but for many it will take a good few months for them to feel able to take nice long naps in their new environment. If you are worried about how this might impact your little ones nights then just bring bedtime a tad earlier on nursery days. An early bedtime can do wondered to help ease over any overtiredness they may be experiencing.
  4. Let go of the control. This is perhaps one of the most difficult lessons I had to learn when my little ones started childcare. Yes things might not go to your plan, yes there might be some separation anxiety (see my blog on separation anxiety here) but remember you chose this particular childcare provider for a reason. Perhaps you felt they were the most nurturing, perhaps you liked their values and ethos. Your little one is in good hands and if their naps are a bit all over the place to begin with that’s okay. They will be okay.

Oh and finally make sure to offer lots of extra cuddles and try and spend some extra snuggle time with your little one at the end of nursery days. You will both get a lot out of it.

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