How to Prepare for Your Baby’s First Day of Daycare

For many working parents, there’s no harder day than their baby's first day of daycare. From worries about whether their care providers will know how their little one likes to be rocked at naptime to concerns about their baby taking a bottle, the transition from home to daycare can be stressful. If you’re headed back to work, and your baby is headed to daycare, check out the tips below to help ease the daycare transition.

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Choose wisely

One of the best things a parent can do to help ease the daycare transition is to choose a daycare they feel comfortable with. Knowing that your babe will be well cared for and that the people taking care of them are kind and well educated will help you feel comfortable, and even a little excited about dropping them off on their newest adventure.

Do a trial run

A few days before the actual big day, do a trial run to help you and your little one prepare for the big day. Pack your stuff and your baby’s bag, head to daycare, and practice leaving your baby for just a little while. While it might feel silly to drop your babe off before you have to head back to work, you can use the time to take some well-deserved ‘me time’ and your babe can use the time to become familiar with their new surroundings.

Pack your bags in advance

Don’t leave yourself scrambling on your baby's first day of daycare. Plan ahead for what you and your baby will need for the day, pack your bags, make sure they’re loaded in the car and do any other ‘getting ready’ activities you need to do to ease your day of packing.

Plan for obstacles

Even if you’ve planned ahead and prepared everything you can think of, there’s bound to be something that goes wrong the morning of. Whether it’s spit-up down your work shirt or a blow-out diaper, give yourself the time you need plus a little extra the morning-of to avoid getting frustrated by the little obstacles life throws your way.

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How to Prepare for Your Baby’s First Day of Daycare

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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