What I Wish I Knew While Preparing for Daycare

Preparing for daycare doesn’t have to be a scary process. Make the transition easy for both mama and baby with these stories:

Preparing for daycare doesn't have to be a scary process. Make the transition easy for both mama and baby with stories from some Canadian mamas.
Thank you to NameBubbles.com for sponsoring this post – all opinions are 100% my own and I couldn’t be more excited for this partnership.

I’ve been so eager to write this article because amongst my peers, the majority of my mommy-friends put their kids in daycare. I’ve heard all sorts of tales – some ranging from “My kid refused and we tried again and she refused some more,” to “She adjusted so quickly and it has been amazing for our family!”

You guys, generations have changed and the larger statistic stands: in most family arrangements, both parents work. Daycare is not only an option, but may be a prime necessity for most households.

I gathered thoughts and opinions from some real Canadian mamas and their take on daycare transition. Here are our tips:

What I Wish I Knew While Preparing for Daycare

Transition Slowly
Separation anxiety can happen to many children… especially when they’re still infants. It can be a shocking experience to be left with a roomful of other kids and not spot a familiar face (especially if your little one is an only-child/first born).

“It’s important to integrate the child slowly into daycare,” early childhood educator Julie C. suggests, “a few hours the first few days, then a few half days, then full days.”

Your Family’s Best Interest
Have you ever felt it? The moment of becoming a parent and then quickly realizing that loads of people will pass judgment on everything?

Your decision is yours. People will always want to give their opinion. Don’t let anyone’s comments make you second-guess your instincts. You know what’s best for your family.

“Looking back on my first experience integrating my little one into daycare I wish someone would’ve told me (and I would’ve listened) to ‘stay away from all comments online’ and ‘it’s okay for your child to love and be loved by others’. Both are easier said than done, but I wish I would’ve been a little less anxious, and feel a little less guilty about the entire process.” – Crystal S.

What I Wish I Knew While Preparing for Daycare

Practice that Morning Routine
Daycare often involves a new morning routine for your family. As a part of your transition process, practice your “daycare mornings” a week prior. By doing so, you can make any necessary adjustments and just get used to it all.

Label Everything
Is it just me, or do babies, infants, and toddlers have so much stuff? You most likely have a (long) list of items that your little one will need to bring with him/her. Make sure you label them so that those items never get misplaced.

Preparing for daycare doesn't have to be a scary process. Make the transition easy for both mama and baby with stories from some Canadian mamas.

Recently, our family learned about NameBubbles and we were thoroughly impressed by their high-quality, durable, waterproof, personalized labels.

I am all about staying organized. I mean, just ask Joe. He thinks that I go “overboard” with my “orderly obsession.” In my eyes it’s: “Better safe than sorry!” Labelling is a great method to keep things neat and coordinated.

On NameBubbles.com, you can choose a fun design from a long list of specialized labels and personalize it as you wish.

NameBubbles‘ labels are absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t get enough of their clothing labels, which can be used for any kid at any age! You can choose between press-and-stick clothing labels to iron-on ones (which are oh-so ideal for no-tag garments).

Preparing for daycare doesn't have to be a scary process. Make the transition easy for both mama and baby with stories from some Canadian mamas.

I am most impressed with how durable the labels are. Having worked a clerical ‘9 to 5’, you can imagine all the labelling I had to do. But don’t get mixed up between standard labels and those made by NameBubbles. Theirs are tough, waterproof, dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe… yes, yes, and yes! (Excuse me while I go on a labelling frenzy). So before you think of just writing your child’s name with a tape and marker, consider going for NameBubbles‘ quality stuff (plus, they’re super cute!). Their daycare label packs are the perfect starter kit to label just about everything.

Preparing for daycare doesn't have to be a scary process. Make the transition easy for both mama and baby with stories from some Canadian mamas. Preparing for daycare doesn't have to be a scary process. Make the transition easy for both mama and baby with stories from some Canadian mamas. Preparing for daycare doesn't have to be a scary process. Make the transition easy for both mama and baby with stories from some Canadian mamas.

The Right Fit
If you’re not comfortable, then your kiddo will probably sense it. And most likely, they’ll feel the same. Visits and talking to the instructors is such an important aspect in the preparation process.

“I wish I had followed my instincts. When I felt the daycare wasn’t the best one for my daughter, I should have listened to myself instead of trying to convince myself that I was just being overprotective. Dropping our children to daycare shouldn’t make us feel worried. I know that now.” – Linh L.

Preparing for daycare doesn't have to be a scary process. Make the transition easy for both mama and baby with stories from some Canadian mamas.

How did your family prepare for daycare? Was it an easy transition or a stressful experience? Let’s talk about it in the comment below – I’m excited to read all of your stories!

Learn more about NameBubbles and their brilliant products by following them on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. You can hop over to the full product list here and browse through their hundreds of label designs and kinds (including convenient allergy-labels and bag tags).

 

Comments

  1. I can’t even imagine having to hand my child over to someone else for the day. These are great tips for mamas who have to do it.

  2. These are some great tips to keep in mind. I know lots of kids go to daycare. I was always able to stay at home with mine, so I didn’t experience this. I did my research when I dropped them off with a babysitter though.

  3. I am so glad I never had to go through the experience of dropping my baby or child off at a daycare. Know these are great tips and ideas for those mom who have to drop their kids off.

  4. I have to show this to my daughter-in-law. My grandbaby just started daycare. It’s a wonderful place but I was a little apprehensive about my grandbaby being in daycare. 🙂 She needs these labels for his bottles. They are so cute and I love that you can add notes.

  5. I always labeled everything when it came to stuff for my kiddos school. I use stickers just like these because they stay on and I know what I will back bring home and no one else can take my stuff without me knowing about it.

  6. I never had a child in daycare, but a lot of these tips are useful for things like preschool or even elementary school. It does take a lot of preparation!

  7. I think daycare can be a great choice for kids and families. For us, it was more expensive to have them in daycare than to just stay home and find a way to work from home. My entire paycheck would have gone to daycare so we didn’t see the point. But if you have to or want to do daycare you should feel good about the experience.

  8. It’s never an easy transition, at least that what I can see based on my family and friends’ experiences with daycare. I think these are great tips especially for parents doing this for the first time.

  9. My daughter went to a traditional daycare for 2 years. We did a lot of research to find the perfect one that would lessen our anxiety!

  10. Transitioning slowly is so important. When I did daycare, my son only spent half the day at the neighbors and then half at my mom’s. He knows (obviously) and loves my mom but he’d never spent time alone with my neighbors. Its been a year and he still doesn’t like going to her house! >.<

  11. I’m not exactly sure how it goes with daycare because I don’t have kids but it’s definitely important to transition slowly. Setting expectations with the kids and having a good routine can really help them adjust.

  12. I got my child in daycare right now and your right, that period is essential to get it right for the child. I dont care how much I spend on it, I am seeing the benefits and my child is a lot more sociable and knowledgeable than other toddlers of the same age.

  13. These are great tips to keep in mind even for kids that are starting school! My girls didn’t go to daycare but I did a lot of these tips when my kids entered pre-school.

  14. I always label everything for my kiddos at nursery! My kids have never done daycare but have done other nursery classes and preschool.

  15. Ah, there is SO much that goes into sending your child to daycare! Labeling everything is a must because I feel like I lose so much as an adult, I can’t imagine how easy it is for a child to, ha! Thanks for the tips!

  16. Yes, label everything. Our stuff would disappear all the time or the kids would come home with random things in their bag. Actually, that still happens in in the 4th grade.

  17. I guess, Labeling is one of the most important thing. Kids cannot handle their things yet so it is best to make sure that there is a label on it so that they will be returned in case lost.

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