Leaving your child at daycare for the first time is an emotional rollercoaster. Help ease the child care Barrie transition for your little one by making sure everything they’ll need for their first day is packed and ready to go.
We all get a little hangry sometimes. Help ease the transition by packing your toddler some of their favourite goodies.
2. Diapers and Wipes
Life can be messy. Make sure your daycare provider has more than enough diapers and wipes than necessary. You know too well that you can never predict a bathroom emergency ahead of time!
3. Hats and Sunscreen
Protecting your child early from the sun is essential—their skin is extremely sensitive. Make sure they’re covered by packing all the sun protection they’ll need for a day of playing outside.
4. A Change of Clothes
Toddlers are messy! In order to protect your car at pickup time, make sure your child has a spare pair of clothes they can change into (or maybe even seven!).
Make sure to cover all of your bases. You’ll want to pack:
- a t-shirt
- a sweater
You can never predict how the weather is going to turn out.
5. A Blankey for Nap Time
Don’t you wish naptime was a required part of your day? Lucky for your toddler they get to catch some Z’s during the day. May sure it’s the epitome of comfort with a special blanket.
6. Sippy Cups/Bottles
If you’re unsure your daycare provides cups for the kids, play it on the safe side and just pack your own.
7. Diaper Rash Cream
Even the most absorbent diapers can still cause diaper rash. Make sure your toddler isn’t uncomfortable by providing the daycare with an extra bottle of diaper cream.
8. A Favourite Stuffed Animal or Comfort Item
While sending your child to daycare is difficult for you, it’s also difficult for your little one. It’s a completely new change of scenery. To make it a little bit more familiar and help ease the homesickness, provide them with a stuffed animal that reminds them of home.
It’s important not to pack the favourite stuffed animal. It’s not uncommon for things to become misplaced at daycare. Don’t risk losing your child’s prized possession—reserve the very best toy for sleeping and playtime at home.
9. Fitted Sheets
Some daycares require a fitted sheet if they provide mattresses or cribs for your toddler. Make sure to check beforehand whether this is necessary.
10. Indoor Shoes
Socks on a slippery surface can be a danger for anyone, especially a toddler. Indoor shoes help keep your child’s daycare clean and tidy and them safe. Respect the space and the other children by packing indoor shoes.
11. Extra Labels
Everything your child brings to daycare should be labeled in order to avoid it going home with the wrong person. However, it’s an easy thing to forget if you’ve recently purchased a new item. Don’t worry, packing extra labels with your child’s name on the will allow the child care providers to quickly slap a label on it if they notice any unmarked items.
Don’t be fearful of your child’s first day at daycare. If you remember to pack all of these items, it’s sure to be a success!