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How to prepare both myself and my 2 year old for day care?

I’m getting a promotion at work, now working full time plus extra hour sometimes. How do I prepare my 2 year old for day care. How did you mommas/daddas handled the roller coaster of emotions when preparing your little one for day care? I’m so scared with everything I see on the internet involving the traumatic daycare stories but I know it beat for my baby, to learn social interaction and learn all his motor skills

  • E
    Mar 14

    Find a daycare you feel comfortable with. It has made all the difference for this full time + extra hours mom. Ours does enhancing activities during the day (music class, yoga). It makes me feel a bit better about missing the mommy and me classes and about being too exhausted at night to want to finger paint.

  • Amanda
    Mar 14

    Find a daycare with cameras you can log into. My son's daycare has an app where I can log in and check on him at any time. They also send me photos. For me the 3 big things I cared about were being able to check in on him. The nutrition of what was being served and activity structure. Tour a lot of places and ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable. Make a list before you go in. Ask about safety and licencing and education of the teachers. Look at sample menus and ask about the policy of bringing your own food if you don't like theirs.

  • Marlen
    Mar 14

    Definitely love the camera thing. Hopefully I can find one with that option. Did you guys feel nervous/sad the first couple of days of your little ones starting daycare?

  • Amanda
    Mar 14

    Not the first couple of days. Honestly I had so much to do I was just confident I had chosen the best option and rolled with it. I got sad when he got new skills I didn't teach him and it was obvious I was missing things but it was the best option to give him the best life.

  • Julie
    Mar 14

    Our daycare doesn’t have cameras (we’ve asked), but it’s located 1/10 of a mile away on my work campus and only employees can bring their children. My daycare has an app that you can log into throughout the day to see pictures of your kids, what they’re eating and doing, whether they had a diaper change, when they fell asleep, etc. it’s nice. For me the cameras would be a distraction that I’d love but might obsess about if I had access. Lol I suggest touring every daycare you think you want and going from there. I wouldn’t make an appointment, instead id just show up and see how they take the drop in surprise. It’s very important for me that things aren’t staged. If they act like jerks about it it probably means it’s not the daycare for you. If they act a little flustered but take it in stride then awesome!! Show up somewhere around mid morning when kids are dropped off and in the middle of activities that you can observe from the windows of the classrooms. If mid morning doesn’t work for you then mid afternoon before pickup time. I was mostly interested in what was happening once the teachers and admins thought parents were mostly out of the picture for the day. Other things to look for are security, teachers credentials, ratios, etc. if it’s a Center that provides the meals ask to see the kitchen just to get a feeling for whether it’s clean and who is cooking (I toured one facility where teachers were pulled from classrooms to cook!! Not even joking, it was bananas! And it was one of the most expensive daycares on the list!!!). Good luck and congrats on the promotion!!!

  • Julie
    Mar 14

    Also, your child will have a rough adjustment period but it will end quickly and before you know it they’ll be so excited to be going to school:). In the end, us moms and dads are the ones crying the most tears over separating from our Little’s!!!

  • Marlen
    Mar 14

    Thank you everyone for your responses. Definitely taking one step at a time. I know my little one will enjoy school and being around other children his age. I’m as excited as nervous but I know daycare is always a good thing never a bad. ♥️