Tips for Toddler Naps

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Naps are an important part of a child’s development. A newborn baby will nap and sleep throughout most of the day and evening. Then, after a baby is 4 months old, he or she will need two separate naps throughout the day. Your baby will need one nap in the morning and one nap in the afternoon.

Then when a baby grows to a toddler, he or she will need just one nap during the daytime. This nap is typically during the early afternoon and sometime after lunch. This nap can range anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours.

Here are some tips for toddler naps to ensure your child sleeps peacefully:

4 Tips for Your Toddler’s Naptime

ROUTINE

Both newborns and toddlers respond very well to routines. Your best bet for a successful nap for your toddler every day is to put your son or daughter down for their nap at the same time each day.

You will find a time that works best for your schedule and for your child but we often find that sometime soon after lunch is a good time for a nap for a toddler.

ENVIRONMENT

You want the room and the bed or crib your toddler naps in to be the same room he or she sleeps in at night. This will help set the expectation that this is the time for quiet and sleep.

If necessary, run a white noise machine or a floor fan to drowned out noise from other rooms in the house and dim or turn off the lights in the room as well. If your toddler still needs a pacifier, he or she will probably want one for their naptime as well (Read: How to Take Away Your Toddler’s Pacifier).

THE FERBER METHOD

You have probably heard of the Ferber Method for helping children fall asleep. This method recommends that for both naptime and bedtime, a parent put their child in their crib or their bed when they are still awake. Don’t wait until your child has fallen asleep somewhere else and then move them to the crib.

This method does involve some patience on the part of parents as children might first cry when left in their bed or crib alone but over time the child will learn to soothe themselves to sleep and this will be better for everyone in the long run.

LENGTH

It is not recommended for a toddler to nap much longer than 2 hours in the afternoon. If a toddler naps well over 2 hours it could disrupt their schedule for the remainder of the day and it might also prevent them from falling asleep on time during the evening bedtime routine.

Cornerstone Academy daycare in Kenosha, WI offers a soothing environment for naptime for toddlers. We feel naps are an important part of a toddler’s routine and do our best to create a relaxing space for them at our location.

What’s the Ideal Child-to-Caregiver Ratio for Daycare?

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An important question from our series on Questions to Ask During a Daycare Tour regarded the amount of staff at a child care center compared to the number of children or students in attendance. For us, the perfect question is “What is your ratio of staff to child?”

This is an important question because you want to be 100% certain your child is receiving the proper care and attention during their time at a daycare Kenosha location or preschool. If the staff members in the facility are overworked, it will be impossible for them to provide the necessary focus on your child in a day.

But, what is a good ratio? Ideally, there would be one caregiver for one child but that is rarely the case for most preschools and daycares. Therefore, we have provided the perfect child-to-caregiver ratio for each age group in order for you to have an understanding of what a good answer would be when you ask about the ratio of staff to children.

BEST RATIO FOR DAYCARE STAFF TO CHILDREN:

NEWBORN TO 18 MONTHS: 1:4

Wisconsin state requirements are one child care staff member per four newborn or infant children under 15 months old in a daycare. The WI DHFS feels that one staff member should be able to coordinate feeding schedules, naps, diaper changes and other basic newborn needs throughout a day without much help from additional staff members.

TODDLERS (2 YEARS OLD): 1:6

TODDLERS (2.5 YEARS OLD): 1:8

3 YEARS OLD: 1:10

4 YEARS OLD: 1:13

The WI DHFS recommends the same child-to-caregiver ratio for toddlers as it does for newborns and infants. There should be one staff member assigned to every group of six to eight toddlers. A toddler is a child between 18 months and 30 months old. The caregiver will need to be able to help children to go to the bathroom, prepare snacks and meals, coordinate naps and schedule one or two activities throughout the day to stimulate the children.

PRESCHOOL: 1:17

Children ages 4+ in preschool only need one child caregiver per every 17 children/students. This is because there is the expectation that a 4-year-old child will be better behaved than a toddler or an infant. The expectation is the child will listen to directions, be respectful to the teacher and other students and be able to use the bathroom by themselves.

Therefore, it is the recommendation of Cornerstone Academy in Kenosha, WI that the daycare you choose for your child offer the child-to-caregiver ratios we have provided above that have been approved by the WI DHFS.

If the daycare you tour doesn’t staff enough caregivers to meet these recommendations, you should continue to interview and research other facilities near your home or job that would be better prepared to care for your child and provide them the necessary attention to foster growth and ensure safety and comfort.

To learn about the child-to-caregiver ration at Cornerstone Academy and our current enrollment opportunities, contact us online or call (262) 552-5368.

Should You Choose a Daycare Near Work or Home?

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For most parents, the location of a daycare is one of the primary factors in determining where to send your son or daughter for child care in Kenosha, WI.

Parents will often choose a daycare either near their home or near their workplace in order to drop off and pick up their child on the same route as their work commute.

But, should you choose a daycare near work or home? This is a very common concern for parents when researching the best preschool or child care center for their child.

Here are some things to consider when deciding the location of your child’s daycare:

Who Will Drop Off & Pick Up Your Child Most of the Time?

If the plan is for one parent to do the majority of the dropping off and picking up at the daycare then that parent should choose a location most convenient for them, whether that is near their work or near their home. It could be that none of the daycare near that parent’s business are a match in which case that parent will need to compromise and choose a daycare closer to home. 

How Far is Your Work from Your Home?

If it is a very long commute to and from work every morning, you might want to choose a daycare near your home instead of near your work. The reason is, if you call in sick to work or unable to go to your office for any reason, it will require your spouse to drive all the way to the daycare near your job instead of just driving to a daycare near your home. He or she can then easily pick up your child at the end of the day as well. Another reason a daycare near home is convenient is if you forget to pack something for your newborn or toddler and need to return home quick to retrieve it. This will be much easier if the daycare is by your house and not your job.

Does Your Work Require Constant Travel?

The amount of travel your job requires is important in determining if you should choose a daycare near your office or place of business. If the company you work for demands constant out-of-state and overnight travel, you will want to consider a child care center closer to your home instead of one closer to your work. The reason is similar to the issue above in that if you are out of town traveling, it will require your spouse to drive and drop off your child near your office instead of near his or hers.

Do You Want Your Child Near You During the Day?

Your comfort level and the comfort level of your child concerning how far away you are from them throughout the course of a work day depends on the needs of your child. If you have a long commute but don’t want your child to be 20-30 minutes away or even an hour or more, you will want to favor a daycare near your job.

Is There Heavy Traffic During Your Commute?

If there is heavier traffic on your commute to work, it might be best to choose a daycare near your home in order to drop off your child right away and ensure he or she doesn’t miss any part of their routine during the morning at daycare. On the other hand, if there is more traffic on your commute home from work you might want to consider a daycare closer to your job to avoid arriving late for pickup at the child care center or preschool. There are some daycares that charge a fee for pickups that occur after the designated time. This is something to consider before you choose a daycare for your son or daughter.

Location is very important and you need to decide the location of the daycare you choose that is best for you, your child and your spouse and is compatible with your family’s schedules and work day.

Cornerstone Academy is centrally located in Kenosha, WI at 1230 22nd Ave and is near a myriad of suburbs and neighborhoods as well as office buildings and industrial complexes to suit the needs of a variety of parents and lifestyles.

Learn more about enrollment here.