Well, this ended the third week at daycare for my 14 wk old lo who is only taking maybe one-two 25 minute naps during the day - then zonking out at home for 12-13 hours! I wake up with breasts hurting! While I do anticipate her needs to eat at night (don't we all), as when she begins to move around I will pick her up to change her diaper & feed her, but then she goes right back to sleep.
Just prior to starting the daycare, she was eating every 3 - 4 hours throughout the night. Now, she goes to sleep so early. It seems to me that a baby her age should be sleeping 10 hours at night, and that she really needs her naps during the day for her health. The daycare staff says they can't force her to sleep, yet I think she is being overstimulated. They changed the position of their electric swing to face outwards to all the action - yet before it was facing away (they claim it is to see the baby's face better). There is no way a baby should go from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. without sleeping at least 3-4 hours (I think she fights sleep when I pick her up b/c she wants to be with me).
Granted we co-sleep, so the crib is not used at night. But she does take up to 1 hour naps in the crib at home. I have been trying to put her in the crib on weekends for naps, but didn't want to do too many new things at once. So at daycare, if they put her in the crib (which is right near all the action), she only sleeps 25 minutes at the most. They were putting her in the swing, where she was sleeping more, but now that the position has been changed, she is overstimulated by watching all the others. If she is in the bouncer, she had been sleeping a little, but now is not!
She was left in her crib the other day to "get her comfortable" - turns out she spent most of her day there! My precious girl is a quiet baby who can amuse herself when alone - I just never thought for that long! I am sure she watched everyone, but I have made it clear that I don't want that happen again. I am not looking for a babysitter, but need people who will be like that parent during the day, interested in her development.
I think that the daycare center needs to try to be more accommodating on meeting my lo's needs for sleep.
Any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated!