Going back to work after bringing a new baby into your family can be difficult for both the parents and child. You’ve established a routine at home, and that’s about to change. However, you can make the transition back to work and leaving your baby at day care much easier when you follow these helpful tips and choose the best daycare possible for your baby.
Make Peace with Your Decision
You will likely experience some strong emotions about day care for your baby. Take the time now to feel comfortable with your plan. The majority of American parents use infant child care, and infants can thrive in good day care environments.
Find a Group
Whether it’s an online group, a neighborhood group, or your friends from childhood, find a supportive group to help you work through the many adjustments that will be coming your way. When people have your back, you can get through anything.
Find a Daycare Provider Early
When it comes to finding the best infant child care, the earlier the better. You don’t want to be left making a choice in desperation. Give yourself some time. Interview and visit several local daycare providers before committing to one. Many have waiting lists, so the sooner you start looking, the better chance you have of finding the best daycare for your child.
Visit Your Day Care With Your Baby
If there’s time, try and bring your baby to day care before you head back to work. This will put your mind at ease as you see how things are done at the day care, and will help your child feel comfortable in his or her new surroundings.
Practice The Day Care Routine
Take the time to practice your new infant child care routine. Wake up, feed your baby, get ready, and head out the door at the time you’ll need to do it once you return to work. Be patient with yourself. It may take a few tries to get out the door on time. Visit your daycare provider during your practice run to make sure you understand traffic patterns at drop-off time.
Take It Slow
If you can, try and work part time during your first week or two back at work. This will give you and your child time to adjust to being away from each other. Starting your first work week on a Thursday will also give you a slow start with time to regroup over the weekend.
Check in With Your Day Care
You are not overbearing or paranoid if you decide to call or text a few times throughout the day to see how your baby is doing. This is a tough transition, and a good daycare provider will understand this request.
If you plan to breastfeed, make sure you have the support you need at work for pumping. You’ll need a private area and regular breaks. And make sure you work on building up a supply to leave at the day care. Talk with a lactation specialist to make sure you’re prepared.
If you’ve been breastfeeding exclusively in the first weeks postpartum, begin offering a bottle a few weeks before returning to work. That way, your baby will be more likely to have smooth feedings at day care.
Bring Something That Reminds You of Your Baby
Photos, a stuffed animal that smells like your baby, a baby bootie… these types of items will help you feel connected to your baby while still allowing you to focus on getting your work done. Leave something that smells like you with your baby at day care as well, so her or she can be comforted while you’re away.
Remember quality is greater than quantity. When you’re home with your child, don’t stress about the time you’ve been away. Instead, focus on the special bond you have. Soon, you’ll adjust to this new routine and be surprised by your child’s progress.
For a healthy infant child care environment where your child can thrive, you can trust Little Academy. Call our Humble office at (281) 459-3378 or contact us online to learn more about why we our the best daycare in Humble.
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