Posted in Child Care, Newborns

Looking for daycare advice

My son starts daycare on the 20th of this month and I’m super nervous! I’m a first time mom and my son will just be turning 8 weeks old when he starts daycare. I’m looking for some tips from other parents who have been through starting daycare with an infant. How many bottles a day do you send to daycare for your child? I am breastfeeding and started pumping about 2 weeks ago. I’m getting myself on a strict pumping schedule to help increase my supply to stock up on breast milk as much as possible to supply him with enough at daycare if possible. Any and all tips or thoughts are appreciated!

  • Anonymous
    May 13

    My baby breastfed every 2-4 hours. So I sent enough bottles for every 3 hours, plus an extra (so 5). You’ll figure out quickly what he needs, but I always sent a little extra in case I was late. I also breastfed there when I picked up. Will you be able to pump at work? Ideally you are pumping enough for the next day. Otherwise you’ll never keep up.

  • Josh
    May 14

    From a non-milk perspective, I feel an important area to focus on is how the daycare changes your baby’s diaper. I found pretty early on with my daughter that when they changed her diaper they put a lot of diaper cream which causes bad irritation. We asked them if after a change they could not use diaper cream and instead pat her down to remove moisture (from wipes) and then use aquafor. Within a week her rash completely vanished. 7 months later she is happy and has no rashes . In short, don’t be afraid to give them instructions on what works for your baby

  • Samantha
    May 14

    Thank you both for your comments! I dropped in to the daycare on Monday and put myself to ease a bit. They also recommended 5 bottles with 4 ounces in each. I’ve only breastfed directly so far and not given him any bottles so I wasn’t sure how much he was eating. We’re mixing it up between bottles of breast milk and directly breast feeding this week to get him accustomed to the bottle and to see how much he’s eating at each feeding. Josh, thank you for mentioning the diaper issue! We have been fortunate enough to not have to use any diaper creams because we haven’t had any rashes yet. I always wait about 30 seconds to a minute before putting his diaper on to make sure he’s dry. I know that the daycare probably won’t do the same because they are busy and have other kids to take care of. So thank you for mentioning it so we can keep an eye on it.