Guide to entering daycare
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Whether youâ€™re a new mom or seasoned parent placing your child in a day care facility is both exciting and scary. As a parent your goal is to find a day care atmosphere that best fits your families needs and wants. This article outlines some things to look for when entering daycare, especially what to pack and how to prepare your child’s diaper bag.
After interviewing and choosing a daycare feelings of anxiety many times arise about what your child will be doing and how they will be cared for when they are always from you. These feelings of anxiety can be eased by clear communication, understanding your providerâ€™s policies and care techniques, and by clearly understanding your childâ€™s needs and your expectations of a day care provider is necessary for a smooth transaction. Finding and sticking with one day care provider helps create stability, security, and comfort for both you and your child.
At the infant stage, many providers request specific items be brought to day care. However, as a parent you are left wondering if another child is wearing your childâ€™s diapers, if your child is being changed frequently enough, if the clothing you have sent is appropriate for the weather, along with other common questions good parents ponder about their childâ€™s day away.
These questions can be answered by following one specific rule. Send a prepared, organized diaper bag to day care each day with your child. As a parent, knowing that you have packed weather appropriate clothing, plenty of diapers that you can count upon picking your child up from day care to ensure the amount of times your child is being changed throughout the day, plus the comfort of knowing that you have sent every item you think your child may need throughout the day helps ease anxiety about sending your child to day care.
At this young developmental stage, your child has needs and desires that they cannot tell you. So by sending a prepared diaper bag to day care everyday you help eliminate both stress on your child and yourself. As a seasoned parent, and experienced day care professional my advice is as follows:
1. Talk to your day care provider to find out what they request each child bring to day care. Be sure to understand your providerâ€™s requests and prepare your childâ€™s diaper bag accordingly.
2. Prepare an emergency pack to be left at day care for your child in case of an emergency or forgotten bag. Having this emergency pack at day care will eliminate any unnecessary trips home to get your childâ€™s necessities. In this emergency pack you should pack 5 diapers, a small container of wipes, and one weather neutral outfit labeled with your childâ€™s name. I suggest packing these emergency items in a gallon Ziploc bag labeled with your childâ€™s name. It is the best idea to request this emergency pack back with the change of the season. This will allow you to see what has been used and re-pack an outfit that is sized to your growing child and more weather appropriate.
3. Send a diaper bag that is both prepared and practical. Make a list of the necessities your child will need during the day while they are at day care. For example, 6 diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, food and utensils (age appropriate), a healthy snack (if the provider requests), burp cloth/bib, and a weather appropriate change of clothing. (Some parents like to also send an emergency medicine pack including a thermometer, Tylenol, etc.) A second list can be made meant for outings outside of the day care. A rule to remember is that your child care provider does not have time to shuffle through a cluttered diaper bag, so sending an organized, well prepared bag with your child is both beneficial for your provider and your child.
Choosing a day care for your child can be both exciting and scary. Clearly understanding what you want and need for your child will help you tremendously. Preparing an organized, well prepared diaper bag that your child takes with them to day care each day can help eliminate stress and frustrations as a parent allowing you to enjoy your childâ€™s day care experience.