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