Learning Through Infant Care Routines: Naps

Infants have daily needs that need to be met for them to learn, develop positive attachment to primary caregivers, and know they will be loved and taken care of. Most of these needs revolve around basic care routines. The FunShine Express Buttercups Babies kits were designed to incorporate activity ideas into these care routines to create meaningful interactions each day.

Naps and rest time

Naps and rest happen often throughout the day for infants.  The youngest infants in your care may sleep and rest more than older infants. However, young infants who are just starting in child care may have trouble resting with the sounds, cries, and activities of the other children around them. White noise, soothing lullabies and soft music, and creating a peaceful sleeping area can all help infants get the rest they need. Having a few simple activities associated with nap and rest time can be helpful.

Buttercups Babies includes activities that you can use before nap time or to create quiet moments. Use the included Lullaby Playlist to promote rest. You can find our playlist on Spotify by searching for Buttercups Babies Lullaby Music. Below are some suggestions you might try for each box. Repeat the activities often. This will help babies learn when it is time to start resting or quieting down. Each baby will likely prefer different activities to help them rest, so make notes about which ones to repeat with each baby.

My World

  • Card 3: Sleepy Baby
  • Card 4: I Am Special
  • Card 5: All About My World
  • Card 16: My Sunshine
  • Card 17: My Hands
  • Card 18: My Feet
  • Card 28: No One Like Me
  • Card 42: My Needs
  • Card 47: Sing with Me – dim lights; don’t use a flashlight

On the Go

  • Card 33: Bounce to the Beat – start rest routine after bouncing slowly
  • Card 60: Routine Patterns

Pets I Know

  • Card 2: Pets I Know
  • Card 40: Sleepy Music
  • Card 72: Night, Night Kitty

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