A few times on the blog I’ve talked about my concern for Grayson moving to the one year old room. In that room he goes from two scheduled naps (9:30 and 1:30) to one scheduled nap (11:50/12 to 2:30), he also sleeps on a mat. I worked with the owner and like I stated before she worked with me on his transition. So he visited that room some and actually didn’t move over until three weeks after he turned one. I’m so thankful for that! So I thought since he has been in there about two weeks, I wanted to share how it was going….has he transitioned well? Is he exhausted?? Does he just roll all over and never sleep on the mat??
I’m here to tell you the move has gone GREAT! I don’t want to jinx anything but I’m SHOCKED at how well he has adjusted. I know I shouldn’t be as kids adjust much more easily than adults. But I really do think the three-week transition helped A LOT. I just don’t think he was ready to go down to one nap when he first turned one, I think visiting helped so much.
Grayson is still tired in the morning and I think if given the option he would go down for an early nap, but when he gets to daycare it’s like he gets a second wind. There is just SO MUCH going on….he is really into looking and watching other babies right now (all the books we read have real babies in them), so he is interested in his friends, the teachers in the room are great. They are pretty structured in that room and there doesn’t seem to be a moment of rest for them! Props to you ladies! They go from breakfast, to play, to snack, to art/music project, to free play, to lunch, to nap, to play/activity, snack and pick up. A lot of times they also do educational activities with flash cards, lots of story time etc. I think he is learning a lot. He is a walking machine now and seeing his other friends walk all the time has helped with that too.
So what about the dreaded nap on a mat….so far it sounds like it’s going fine! They have told me they just rub his back for a few minutes and he goes right to sleep. I trust them as there is a camera and I watch around that time too and he does seem to go right to sleep. Yesterday they said they didn’t even need to rub his back, they just put him on the mat and he falls asleep. I think it helps he is probably exhausted! He still is getting up around 545 and is just so tired in the morning! We are going to try and push his bedtime back 15 min for a couple of days to get to 7 and see if he will sleep until 630 am. Right now he goes to bed around 630 and gets up around 530. So 11 hours seems to do the trick for him at night. AND he is still sleeping just fine in his crib. I was really nervous he would want to sleep on a mat all the time, but it doesn’t seem to phase him to go from one to the other. Again, much more adaptable than adults.
Finally…eating. So I’m still bringing the majority of his food and definitely his dairy products. However, I’ve noticed it’s getting harder to keep him on my own menu at daycare. The only reason is that now he is sitting at a table with all his friends and he wants what they have. He is just at that age, he isn’t at an age where I can explain it to him. So I’ve talked to his teachers about it and they are still to offer his home food first but I’m fine if he eats some of the menu items. It’s not the end of the world if he grabs a bit of pop-tart from his friend sitting right next to him. I get it. I’m adaptable too. 😉 At home he still gets almost 100% organic and I try to get GMO free as well. I was also worried about his bottle to sippy cup transition and not getting enough milk there. But again I talked to his teachers and he is to get a sippy of his milk at every meal/snack time and through out the day. They have been great about that too.
So all in all he has done very well and I’m so happy I spoke up and talked to the Director and teachers about my concern. I may seem like a helicopter parent to some of you but for right now I’m my child’s biggest advocate (as is my husband) in our eyes.
I’m hoping to do a post soon on 5 things I love about daycare, 5 things I hate and his transition to a sippy and no more bottles! So stay tuned!