Sleep Training in Daycare: Is it Doable?
If your baby goes to daycare, can he learn to nap independently?
Interestingly, there’s no clear cut answer to this question. If you’re structured stay-at-home mom with a good handle on your baby’s schedule (and you know how to nap train) chances are that it will be easier for you to teach your baby how to nap well at home.
If, on the other hand, you’re less of the structured type, and send to a daycare where all the babies are on the same schedule, it will much much easier for you to have your babysitter nap train your baby.
Your babysitter has to be on board with nap training, though, or you won’t make much progress obviously.
You can read a more in-depth version of my thoughts on this topic in Romper, an online media site for Millenial moms (it’s a baby sister site of Bustle.)
This article gives you my perspective on the positive outcomes of nap training your baby in daycare, while this article discusses how many daycares will handle the crying aspect of sleep training, which is a concern for many moms.
If you see that nap training your baby in day care isn’t an option for you, you can always train your baby to nap well at home, over an extended weekend or while you’re on leave. Babies usually adapt very well to napping at the babysitter once they’ve learned how to at home.
Is one better than the other? Yes. The one that works for you and your baby is the better one. There’s no right or wrong and there are many variables that will affect your decision. Up to you.