Rules for nap and sleep in nurseries

When a child’s attendance at a nursery or child care center requires a nap, the center must provide a separate crib, bed, or cot, as well as individual sheets and blankets.

  • Children under 6 years of age who attend daycare for 5 hours or more a day should have the opportunity to rest or take a nap.

  • Babies should be able to sleep according to their individual needs (with parental consultation).

  • Young children 3 years and older who are not enrolled in kindergarten should not be allowed to nap for more than 2 hours.

  • Kindergarten to school age children do not require a nap. However, padded chairs, floor pillows, soft rugs, or cots should be provided for lounging or lounging.

  • The crib, bed, or cot provided for each child should be appropriate for the child’s developmental level.

  • Babies must sleep in cribs.

  • Young children can use stackable cribs or full-size cribs.

A crib or bed must be provided for each toddler and preschooler who attends daycare for 5 or more consecutive hours per day. A crib must be provided for each licensed infant space, regardless of the amount of time the child is there.

  • Each crib, bed, or crib should be labeled with the child’s name.

  • Cribs, beds, and cots must be kept clean and disinfected.

  • Cribs, beds and cots should be cleaned with a cloth as often as necessary.

  • Before being used by another child, all cribs, beds, or cots must be thoroughly cleaned and then disinfected with a germicidal solution.

  • At no time should 2 children be allowed to share the same crib, bed, or cot unless it is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between each child’s use.

  • Freshly laundered sheets and blankets should be provided and changed at least twice a week for infants and toddlers, at least once a week for preschool-age children, or more often if wet or dirty.

  • Bedding must be fitted and washable.

  • Covered, plastic-lined, washable receptacles should be provided, conveniently located for soiled sheets and blankets.

  • When children nap, the room should be dimly lit but not completely dark.

It is no secret to child care providers (or parents) that young children need a good rest to feel revitalized. Stacking cribs for preschoolers and nurseries are the perfect addition to encouraging a good nap during the day.


Children tend to get cranky and, let’s face it, even cranky without naps. It is important for preschools and daycare centers to create a place for children to relax. Since most daycare centers have little room to work, stackable cots make storage and napping more manageable. Nursery cribs are specially designed with a lightweight aluminum frame for a durable and comfortable construction for children to use. They can be stacked on top of each other for quick access, and when stacked, the sleeping surfaces do not touch. This prevents the spread of disease.


With a frame constructed of durable aluminum, there are no plastic corners to snap or break. Non-traveling safety legs save approximately 16% of floor space and do not extend beyond the sleeping area. The cover, which can be easily washed with a bleach / water solution, is taut on the frame to prevent sagging.


The plastic corners, found on most baby cribs on the market today, are prone to breaking and cracking. Look for ones with a sturdy aluminum frame to prevent cracks and breaks. However, when stacked, most cribs are designed so that the sleeping surfaces do not touch, it is important that all covers are cleaned with a disinfectant and that the sheets are machine washed after each use. Another way to prevent the spread of germs is to make sure your cots are assigned and not shared.

Tips for nap time:

  • Labeling cribs with children’s names and numbers can help ensure that the same child uses the same crib every day.

  • Create a sleeping area that is separate from the play area to minimize discomfort for those who still require a nap.

  • When storing cribs, make sure they are away from hallways and activity areas.

  • Create a peaceful nap environment by dimming the lights and playing softer lullabies.