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Can a childcare facility force a 9 month old to one nap, on a mat?

questionCan a childcare facility force a 9 month old to one nap, on a mat? It seems mighty early to transition him to a mat.
answerThere are several regulations that apply to your question, but the simple answer is that infants should not be forced to nap, and they should not be on mats. They should be in cribs that meet CPSC standards. South Carolina regulations state that each infant must have an individually assigned crib until they are over one year of age, and if they are awake they should not be in the crib. If a Licensing Specialist inspects a center and finds infants are being forced to nap on mats, the facility will receive a citation.

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