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Q&A: Tips for transitioning into daycare?

My son just got into daycare after months of being on the wait list. He's now ten months, and has been with the same nanny since three months. Any tips for making the transition into daycare as smooth as possible?

Re: My son just got into daycare after months of being on the wait list. He's now ten months, and has been with the same nanny since three months. Any tips for making the transition into daycare as smooth as possible?

The Bump Expert

Do as much research as possible before your child goes into daycare. Speak openly and honestly with the center, and ask how they help to transition new children into their program. Offer as much information about your child as possible so they can create a transitional period that best suits him. Don't be afraid to make a list of information to help them understand him even better. Include information such as "If he falls down, he likes..." or "If he acts like ... it means he's overtired." In time every child will get used to a new environment, and the children and toys available at daycare will make the transition even easier.

Tammy Gold

re: Q: Transitioning into daycare?

other points: he is still only 10 months old so don't buy anything new for the big day. put him in his usual clothes, bring his common cup or bottle, pack a usual lunch and snack and bring any toy or blanket that he is attached to. if he was transitioning and he was 2 or older i would encourage a new purchase such as small backpack or a light up spiderman lunch box. i would encourage you to talk about how proud you are of him, and how he is such a big boy. also every kid is different and as a mom you know if he is ready for the big boy speech or if he is still in the, "everything will be okay" moment. i hope this has helped you, and maybe others.

heather13777 |

re: Q: Transitioning into daycare?

have the nanny (or if you can take a day off work) bring your son into the daycare to walk around, say hi to the kids, and maybe play for an hour. but have either you, your nanny, or some other trusted person that your son knows very well to be there as support. this should be no more than one week before he actually has to go all day since he is only 10 months old. the day or two before he goes have again you or your nanny drop him off for only 1/3 of the time he is going to be in once the whole transition is in place. then the day before leave your son there for 1/2 or 2/3 of the time. once your son gets dropped off for his full day he won't be as scared. he will recognize the teachers, kids, and the environment and he has had a few days to realize he is going to keep coming back. he may cry once you drop him off but usually as soon as the parents leave the child is redirected and is fine. if your really worried ask the daycare if you can call on your break at work to give a hello to your son, just make sure it won't be during nap time.

heather13777 |