This past month has been full of challenges and changes.
One off the biggest changes was switching Cohen to a new sitter.
This wasn't our choice but we had some unforeseen circumstances happen at the previous place that led us to find a new sitter. We got lucky and found our new girl within a weekend. She is great too! The new sitter is a licensed in-home daycare that is total structure - something that we had been looking for Cohen since he turned two. He has adjusted really well with the new kids, especially since his old sitter is the only place he knew for the past two years.
The only adjustment that isn't happening is...nap time.
Our new afternoon "nap time"
Sleep has always been an issue with our child. I'm not kidding. I think the kid would stay up 24 hours a day if we would let him. And I would totally transition him to "quiet time" and get rid of the nap if he didn't need it. Trust me. This kid is MEAN when he doesn't sleep.
(He must get it from his dad...)
Let me add, he naps just fine here. Cohen will sleep at least 2 hours when he's napping in his own bed. It's just these new places that throw him off.
As far as I knew, he took naps at his old sitter. But then again, recently there have been things that I found out that she never told me so it wouldn't surprise me if he wasn't napping at all. However, he normally was in a good mood and didn't fall asleep in the car, which leads me to believe that he did nap at the old place. However, our new sitter says he puts up such a fight with her about nap - a fight that is so loud and distracting that it keeps the other kids up and off of their schedules. Apparently parents are asking her why their kids are so tired lately. I cringe at the thought that it is MY child keeping these kids up.
Well, this girl is so structured and organized that she has a three week adjustment period, like many other daycare centers have within their policies.
Do you know where I'm going with this one?
Cohen needs to nap or he's out of there -- and then we're back to search and find a new sitter, which means MORE change for all of us.
This stress is creating more pimples than I can handle right now.
So what have we tried so far?
We have completely gotten rid of the nap and nighttime cup that used to go to bed with him (don't judge, okay?) hoping that would solve the problem of not being able to have a cup at nap.
Nope. He still screams for a cup or doesn't even care if he has one.
I spent time scouring the dollar bins at Target last week scooping up toys and games that I could use as incentives to get him to take a nap. We call it the "Napping Box.."
Nope. Not working as of today.
We talk with him and constantly remind him he needs to rest quietly or nap.
Who am I kidding? A conversation of this sort with a toddler is like speaking with a caveman!
I'm just at a loss as to what I should do now! He will be attending preschool full time next year and will once again be required to nap on cots, so this nap time has got to be mastered by the fall or we will be dealing with this situation again. I can't handle switching him to another sitter now - especially with summer approaching in about 9 weeks.
Moms, I need your help!
What are your ideas? What do you suggest? Have you had to deal with nap time issues at daycare or the sitters before?