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    Thanks ladies ...with your responses that its normal practice I will be more tame in talking with the staff about it.

    Hubby and I were wondering why daycares have toddlers sleep on mats. Hubby thinks its because they are trying to save money on cot rooms/cots. What do you think?

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    My son actually slept better once on a mat, which I think was about 16/17 months.

    Do they not all have rest time at the same time? In the 0-2 room at my daycare, they all have a rest on their mats starting from about 11:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Thanks ladies ...with your responses that its normal practice I will be more tame in talking with the staff about it.

    Hubby and I were wondering why daycares have toddlers sleep on mats. Hubby thinks its because they are trying to save money on cot rooms/cots. What do you think?
    I think it's also when the kids go to one day sleep. Babies need to use the cot room whenever they're tired, plus I think cot rooms are set to a certain temperature for the babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    My son actually slept better once on a mat, which I think was about 16/17 months.

    Do they not all have rest time at the same time? In the 0-2 room at my daycare, they all have a rest on their mats starting from about 11:45.
    I think the staff try to get all the kids to nap at the one time, around 11:30-12. Problem is my boy is towards the upper end of the age group in the room (ready to move soon I think) and at home is napping closer to 1pm. The staff say when they put him down in the cot room he makes noise and disturbs the other babies (hence I thought there might have been an alterior motive in putting him on mat outside the cot room). ---Umm ....Perhaps he doesn't want to sleep because you are still trying to put him down before 12..!

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    We laughed so hard when our centre told us Hannah was moving to the toddler room (and therefore sleeping on a camp stretcher)..... She is the worst sleeper at home- even in a cot- anyway after 2 weeks they had her sleeping during nap time (11:45-1 ish). Now at nearly 2 they tell me she happily lays down and just goes to sleep. I have watched sleep time and they set up 16 little stretchers and all the 4 staff sit spaced out between them so they can reach to pat or hold any child who is restless. I think it's a space issue. There are 48 kids at our centre under 3- that's a lot of cots. Anyone out of the nursery room sleeps on a camp bed.

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    Not part of your question but do the kids sleep on camp mats..... I would think that's dodgy- ours have little camp stretchers

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    I have read through some of the comments (not all) and as an early childhood educator who works in the nursery, I just wanted to also add that it is a OH & S issue for staff at centres to move children from cots to beds/mats. If your child is big enough to walk then they are usually too heavy to lift into a cot. Most centres would never put a child who isn't walking or isn't ready to co-sleep on a bed unless absolutely necessary. One very important reason I always take into account before transitioning a child from cot to bed is if the family have visited Tresillian for sleep issues in the past I hope I've shed some light on the subject from 'the other side'

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    Dd1 was on a mat on the floor from 16mths as we were TT and she needed to be able to get up and walk to the toilet.

    Dd2 is 12mths old and still in the nursery but they will be moving her up as soon as she starts walking. She is already on one sleep a day so makes sense to move her sooner.

    Its really cool how they get all the toddlers to sleep together. Nap time at our centre is 11.45-2pm. Both girls sleep most if not all the time. There is always one kid that won't settle and the carers at our place will rock, cuddle, wear in carrier or push in pram to settle them.

    Vp you will find most places have nap time around then so makes sense to adjust your home times to daycare.

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    At DD's they sleep on little mattresses on the floor in her room. Transitioning to one co-incided with a change in daycare so worked out ok. She sleeps a good 2hrs there. At home she marches to her own drum though lol.
    I think it is probably a space thing, the toddlers need more playing room so they have mattresses that can be stacked away etc.
    Seems to work ok, it was an amazing sight one day when I picked up DD at 1sh & there was 15 snoozing tots...I don't know how they do it... I think they encourage quiet time if one isn't ready to sleep though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    Dd1 was on a mat on the floor from 16mths as we were TT and she needed to be able to get up and walk to the toilet.

    Dd2 is 12mths old and still in the nursery but they will be moving her up as soon as she starts walking. She is already on one sleep a day so makes sense to move her sooner.

    Its really cool how they get all the toddlers to sleep together. Nap time at our centre is 11.45-2pm. Both girls sleep most if not all the time. There is always one kid that won't settle and the carers at our place will rock, cuddle, wear in carrier or push in pram to settle them.

    Vp you will find most places have nap time around then so makes sense to adjust your home times to daycare.

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    Good point about tt.

    Not sure I agree with a central nap time for a room with bubs aged 6 weeks-2 years though.


 

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