• Tips to Transition Back to Work & Leave Your Infant at Child Care

    young baby at infant child care center

    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.

    Breastfeeding Support

    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.

    Quality Time

    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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  • 13 Replies to “Tips to Transition Back to Work & Leave Your Infant at Child Care”

    1. We need to start leaving our son at a childcare place, but it’s hard. I agree that it’s best not to choose a facility out of desperation, so we’ll start looking now. My wife and I will take our son around to different places, just like you suggest!

    2. I like the idea to visit the day care with your baby before deciding on a child care center. My wife and I are going to be extremely busy with some DIY projects this upcoming month. I definitely think that we should find a child care service that could help to make sure that our kids are safe and happy during the morning.

    3. Thank you for the great advice about checking in with the daycare. I think that a good daycare provider will be understanding if you send them a text or two throughout the day to check in on your little one. In the future I will make sure to ask the daycare for a number that I can text to.

    4. I think my brother is struggling to find a daycare for his son because he is having difficulties with the transition. If he knew that a good daycare will be understanding if he calls the facility to check on his son, he would be more proactive with looking. I will help him look for a child care center that would be okay with this request.

    5. My wife and I have wanted to start looking for some child care centers that we could use so that she could start working again, and I think that being able to have some tips would be helpful. I’m glad that you talked about being able to check in with child care centers and that its not overbearing or annoying for you to do. I’m going to have to check out a few different child care centers, and make sure that we check in periodically to know our baby is safe! Thank you!

    6. I don’t like the thought about going back to work when I have a new child, but I have to do it. I admit though I have been struggling with the idea. That is a good idea to give myself some time to pick a daycare provider. It is true the sooner I start looking the better chance I have of finding a good daycare. Thank you for all the great tips!

    7. I never knew that I need to find a childcare provider early. I just gave birth and will be returning to work in less than two months. My mom suggested having childcare and shared this article with me. It says that I still need to spend quality time with my child when I start working.

    8. I really like that you mentioned looking for a daycare sooner than later, to avoid making a hasty decision. My wife is ready to return to work, so we’ve been looking around for child care centers to watch our son while we’re at work. Thanks for the tips-I know my wife will really appreciate them.

    9. I enjoyed your point about how when people have your back, you can get through anything. My sister is looking to get child care for her two-year-old baby boy but needs tips. I think I’ll talk to her about finding a group of friends that she can trust her boy being with.

    10. It helped a lot when you mentioned how it is recommended to visit several daycare centers before choosing the best one for your needs. I understand that taking the time to compare several companies and understand your own needs can help you find the best one to care for your kids while you are not with them. Personally, I would also want to take the time to read online reviews and ratings in order to find a childcare center that is well known and trusted in my area.

    11. I’ve been looking for some infant care options, and I think that being able to get some tips would be good. I’m glad you mentioned being able to check in with infant care, and that its totally normal to do so. I’m going to have to do a little bit of research and see what we can find!

    12. I just wanted to thank you for your advice on transitioning to child care for an infant. I’m glad that you mentioned that you should find a place early so that you can interview and visit various places before you commit to one. I can definitely see the benefits of this so that you can adequately weigh your options and pick on e that is best for your situation.

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