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Shifting Sleep Patterns at Home
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Emphasizing Physical Activity
Another way to encourage naps is to make sure your child is all worn out by the time nap time rolls around. Part of this responsibility lies with the daycare workers responsible for ensuring that your child is having fun and staying active while in their care, but you can help as well by focusing on outdoor fun and games while you are home with your child. Working out all of your kid's excess energy may seem like an impossible task, but you only need to take the edge off to promote better napping habits.
Reducing Sugar Consumption
Daycares that offer too many sugary foods and juices may have trouble getting those kids to sit still later on, and your child's breakfast can impact his or her sleepiness later on as well. Although you want your child to be bright-eyed and energetic in the morning, choose a source of long-lasting energy like complex carbohydrates and lean proteins to avoid sugar rushes and the inevitable crash that follows. The same principle applies to packed lunches. If your child is getting the sugar from daycare workers, on the other hand, talk to them about your concerns and offer healthy alternatives to prevent the dreaded sugar spike.
Communicating With Your Daycare
Most importantly, whenever you are dealing with behavioral problems away from home, communicating with your child's daycare is the most effective step you can take. In all likelihood, the daycare will share your worries and will be happy to work with you to accommodate your child's particular needs. In some cases, that may involve exempting your child from naps entirely and finding another activity for that time, or it might mean stressing more physical activity both during the day and at home. By talking over your frustrations with the people who know your child best, you stand a better chance of reaching a solution that works for everybody. To learn more, speak with a business like Big Adventures Day Care.