Another question for you all:
What are your LO's napping on at school? When they were 0-12months did they nap in cribs (obviously)? Now at 12-24 months are they still in cribs or have then moved to napping on cots or mats? At what age did they go to cots or mats?
Just curious as I'm trying to decide if its realistic for a 12-18 month old to be on a cot. I think 18-24 month old's could but I'm not sure about the younger set. I know Odin no way at home could be on a cot for nap but in a school setting it is crazy how kids will do what others are doing and conform to a cot or something like that even if they won't stay put in their own toddler bed at home. Its the same with the kids that will never ever nap at home but come to preschool and will sleep for 2 hours just because everyone else does. Total magic!
On a side note I'm going to try that same peer pressure logic this summer with Ryland and Odin by having Ryland sleep in Odin's room. We (I say we but DH has taken over since about 4 months ago) still spend 30- 60 min. rocking Odin to sleep at night and its way too long and becoming a PITA. My thinking is that if he sees his brother getting in bed next to him and going to sleep he will want to be 'big' as wel and follow suit. Ryland has no idea he has been signed up for a summer of co-sleeping with his little bro.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
T's infant room (under 12m) had cribs. All the other rooms have little mats they pull out. Easy to store and you don't have to worry about the wee littles rolling off them. I was STUNNED when she immediately started napping on them. STUNNED.
Haha about enrolling Ryland to sleep with Odin. We might end up doing something similar if we decide to just have #2 bunk with Teagan.
My daycare only has 3 kiddos under 2 right now. They are all in PackNplays. Then for the kids 2-3 are in these cribs built into the wall. Sounds weird but it works. Then roll out mats for the kids over 3.
Once they hit the toddler room it's mats. They transition up around fifteen months, but sometimes they have had them coming over for a bit before that. Ron in went easily to mats and went from the worst sleeper whonactualy had to be separated from others to go to sleep to easily laying down and sleeping around two hours
Ditto Erin, obviously. Including the stunned part
Hope it works!!!
The daycare system I worked with last had all kids on mats once they were out of the infant rooms. I'm not a toddler fan and never worked in that age group rooms to know how well it worked for them, but it must have worked just fine since all the centers around town did the same.
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
Our daycare begins the transition to a cot between 9 months and 18 months. Olivia was sleeping on a cot by 10 months and did great. My DS started sleeping on a cot around 14 months and did fine.
I also found that putting Olivia in Ethan's room helped her to go to bed easier because her big brother was. It was a great change for us.
Oh, also, DS sleeps 2 hours at daycare and will often never fall asleep at home for nap. We still do a 2 hour Quiet Time because he (and I) need downtime!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
At our daycare, it's cribs for under 12m, then they switch to little cots when they move to the "waddler" room at 12-18 months. Evan did great on a cot. He even lays down by himself and sleeps just fine on it. At home nap time, I still lay down with him on our bed most of the time. I don't complain though, I get a nap in too.