14 Strategies to Prepare Your Baby for Daycare
As a new mommy, the most important thing you can do is find a safe place for your baby. It can be hard for you to leave your baby in the arms of another person and return to work. However, there are several strategies that you can take to make it easier. Don’t let the mommy guilt eat at your and make you miserable. It is natural to miss your baby when you are working. However, spending the entire time wishing you were somewhere else is a miserable way to live life. If you must return to work, take the time to select a fantastic place for your baby to stay during the day, make the transition pain-free, and appreciate the wonderful people who are willing to help you care for your baby.
14 Strategies to Prepare for Daycare
1. Mommy Guilt: The biggest obstacle will be overcoming your mommy guilt. If you feel bad about having to leave your baby, remember you are leaving to provide your baby a good life. Without food and shelter, your baby would not be able to live safely.
2. Separation Anxiety: By going through the first visit and starting early, you will have less separation anxiety to deal with. As your child ages, there will be new times that separation anxiety will rear its ugly head, but know that once you leave, 9 times out of 10, your baby moves right on to their friends and toys.
3. Add in Extra Time: When having to drop off your child at a daycare, there will need to be additional time added to your commute to work time. It will take time to drop off your child including: passing on messages to daycare workers, telling your child goodbye, going back to get what you forgot to bring, and waiting on the car in front of you to leave in the drop off lane (or drive into the daycare’s neighbor’s yard). You can’t wait forever.
4. Prepare Necessitates: The night before having everything out that you need: formula, breastmilk prepared, diapers, medications, bottles, extra clothing, etc.
5. Get to Know the Workers: Talk to the people that work in the baby room. Tell them what a good job they do. Appreciate not resent them. They are not taking your place. I know that lots of working mother’s struggle with this fear. Let me reassure you. My daughter began daycare when she was 3 weeks old. She’s 4 now and she rarely does anything without me. Including wipe her own butt.
6. Ask for Photos: Request photos during the day. Those photos will light up your day.
7. Pick Up at Odd Times: Check in at different times. Especially if you have concerns.
8. Know Your Goodbye Process: If you want to pass your baby over after a kiss and a cute saying, then do it every time the same. Make it your patterns for goodbye.
9. Leave: Go. Don’t stick around. It will only make the process longer. Your baby will adjust as soon as you leave. They won’t cry for hours.
10. Provide Instructions: If you want certain things done, talk with the operator/owner to ensure your requests can be completed and then tell the worker to make sure your instructions get passed on. People get busy and forget.
11. Bring the Supplies Your Baby Needs: Have extra supplies on hand.
12. Share Your Schedule: Let the daycare know what schedule you are keeping your child on. Let them know if your child got up early or went to sleep late. Prepare them for a fussy baby if it is likely to happen.
13. Get a Copy of Their Schedule: Know what your baby will be doing each day and what time. As for daycare changes. Request a notification of important things that happen with your baby during the day: diaper changes, feedings, number of feedings, fussiness, etc.
14. Be Positive: Daycare can be a beautiful thing that provides your child with learning, structure, friends, new life experiences as a preparation for school. Use the philosophy, it takes a village to raise a child, as your motto.
Starting daycare will be harder on your than it is for your baby. Following the above steps can make the transition from home to daycare easier for both you and your baby.
What are your favorite strategies to help your baby transition to daycare?
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