Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Day Care Must Haves?

Next week Ellie will start going to an in-home daycare while Matt and I are at work. I absolutely love where she is going and feel like she is going to get all the attention and care she needs while I'm away. I'm busy packing a box to send with her to keep there. I've been going over everything I think we will need, but wanted to know what works for your children while they are gone. I want her to have anything that will keep her content, comfortable, and make life a bit easier on the caregiver. Below is my list of what I've packed so far, am I missing anything else?


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What did your little one need while they're at daycare? I know some of these items might never be used, but at least they would be there and smell of home. I'll also add in extra toys that Ellie enjoys like her Oball, but I'm sure that will change all the time.

PS I start work tomorrow! Ugh. I'm spending every single minute today loving and kissing on Ellie! Any tips from Mom's on going back to work?

9 comments :

KRISTIN said...

Not sure if Ellie like pacifiers but that was definitely something we had to pack in the beginning. The day I went back to work was really, really hard. I cried almost the entire day - but every day gets easier and easier. Good Luck friend!!! xo.

AmandaG said...

I didn't do drop off on my daughter's first day, but I picked her up. I didn't cry until after I'd picked her up. It was a rough little start, but she's doing so well now (two months in), and I firmly believe it made a lot of other things easier. I know someone else at work who cried every day for a month after she returned from maternity leave (after having extended it by 3 weeks). Everyone is different.

AmandaG said...

I agree with Kristin and a paci and her favorite blanky are current must-haves.

KatiePerk said...

I ordered some inchbug labels for our daughter's bottles with her name on them. They fit over standard bottles and eventually sippies. They were cute, and easily identified who it belonged to. (www.inchbug.com)

Carolyn said...

I have no idea... but thanks for starting this list! Hopefully by the time I have to go back to work (SAD) you'll be a pro and be able to help me!

Good luck tomorrow! :) Thinking of you friend!!

Pamela said...

Wishing you lots of luck tomorrow. This can't be easy, but you can do it! :-)

Amanda said...

Sloan is in a daycare facility {not a home daycare} so we didn't need the bottle brush but I also sent some formula {Idk if you're breastfeeding or not} and let them keep it there!

eliz said...

Mya will be going to a home daycare too starting next month...right now my mom is in town to watch her. Definitely pack a paci if she uses one..and maybe sterilizing bags?
So I thought I was all cool because I was excited to go back to work. The first day I was totally fine...but the second day I was stuck in traffic and started crying because I wanted to get home so badly and see her...it is much harder than I thought...but people say it gets better.

Yuonne Smock said...

"...but at least they would be there and smell of home." This was the same thought I had when packing for daycare. I've heard horror stories about drop offs and was told that a favorite blanket or a favorite toy is a good way to help them feel more comfortable in a new environment. -Yuonne @ YMCAEUC.org