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    Default Daycare impacting night time sleep

    Hi all,

    DS has just started daycare (two days a week, Mon-Tues) and has been settling in well. His first day he was upset and didn't eat, but did nap for an hour (his usual) and since then has been getting better with food also.

    Its been three weeks now, however since week one, his night time sleep is now terrible

    His typical sleep would include 7pm bedtime, 20 mins chatting to himself and then asleep until 6:45am. Now however, he screams (almost like night terrors) until we go in and tell him "everything's OK, its time for sleep". He then will lie down quietly and nod off after 5-10 mins, then we will leave him.

    That would be OK, but it seems every sleep cycle he does this, waking almost every hour through to 2am, then we may get through to 6 when he wakes for the day and we cannot get him back to sleep again.

    We are expecting DS number two in six weeks and the exhaustion is driving DP and I up the wall.

    I'm sure this is only a phase, and no doubt linked in some way to separation anxiety due to the new daycare routine.

    Just a rant, but if anyone can relate or share feedback it is of course welcome.

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    Is he sleeping less during the day at daycare than he would at home? Some kids are very much 'sleep promotes sleep' kids and if they're not getting enough during the day then their night is messed up. A boy I nannied for was like this at night on his childcare days (screaming for ages at night, waking, etc) because he didn't sleep as much as normal in the day but then the days he was with me and had his proper naps he was a dream for his parents at night.

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    Thanks for the reply Kirst.

    From what they (childcare) have advised he is sleeping an hour which is about right for him. Problem being on the five non childcare days, he is still having trouble at night also, with no signs of improvement. We might try adding an extra sleep cycle to his nap (it couldn't get much worse!).

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    He may be going through something as 'simple' as a developmental phase and will calm down soon. Do you have 'the wonder weeks' book or app? But days at childcare are pretty full on busy days for a baby/toddler and he may need more sleep then he needed before. How old is he?

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    He's 22 months. We do have the app but I think it only went to 20 months? Will have to look into that...

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    Some kids take up to 6-8 wks to settle into daycare. My DD1 was like that too. Separation anxiety peaks at 18-20mths so he is probably missing you.

    Could you try co sleeping to reassure him that you are there and that its ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    Could you try co sleeping to reassure him that you are there and that its ok?
    Hadn't thought of that. We've never tried that before so reluctant to start something we might have difficulty "weening" off later. He's also very mobile when he sleeps anyway, we always hear him thumping the sides of the cot through the night

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    Could you sleep on a mattress in his room in the floor?


 

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