Getting your baby to fall asleep for their nap can be the hardest or the easiest thing in the world. All children are different when it comes to nap times. Some need a comforter, others drift by themselves, some need rubs on the back and most need an hour of cuddles, a good old fidget and a merry laugh at you as you chase them around the room! The important thing to remember is to nurture their needs and stay calm as you do so. At Tic Tocs Day Nursery in Exeter, we make sure we care for all the children’s needs for naps.
The Power of Role Play
Never underestimate how much children observe what goes on around them! The power of role playing day to day life can implement routine and develop children’s capabilities to become resourceful. From as young as 1 year old, children can imitate the actions of us as grown ups.
The Ladybirds have been roleplaying their own nap times with the baby dolls! This helps them to encourage familiarity regarding this important part of the day. Just as the staff do with the Ladybirds children, they’ve been doing to the babies!
The Ladybirds nap routines go a little like this:
- Feeding time! (Lunch for the ladybirds and bottles for the babies!)
- Nappy changing.
- Into bed and comforting. (The Ladybirds gave the babies cuddles and kisses)
- Help to fall asleep into their nap.
This structured daily routine has a great effect on the Ladybirds and is so important for keeping a good nap schedule. The same time every day, the same patterns every day and the same routine every day.
Nap Time Tips at Home
There are so many ways to promote good nap times. Here are some of the ways our staff help the children at Tic Tocs Day Nursery.
- Structured routines: like we mentioned before, the benefit of a routine provides consistency and comfort for a child.
- Ditch the cot! : We use sleeping mats for children over approx 18 months. This is so great for their independence showing them we trust them.
- The same mat or cot in the same place. The children know exactly which mat is their own. Familiarity combined with routine makes all the difference.
- Always have a calm environment: dim lights, doors closed, lullabies.
- Comfort each child differently. Like we mentioned beforehand, some children need more attention than others.
And one of the most important things to remember is to stay calm. And remember, children will be more comfortable with their parents and carers and they will test boundaries more with them. When you’re calm, they will be calm.