5 Ideas to Make Daycare Dropoff Easier

I just had to drop my baby off at Daycare for the first time on Monday and it was rough.  I have a lot of ideas to help you make the first drop-off go more smoothly if you’re going back to work at some point too.

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1.) Bring Something Familiar from Home.

I should have thought of this for her first day, but unfortunately I didn’t.  I did however, bring her bunny on the second day and it helped a lot (the teachers even thought so).  The night before I brought Bunny, I even slept with it in the hopes that it might faintly smell like me.  Bunny is her 2nd Favorite toy.  I don’t dare bring Lovey for fear that something might spill on it, another child might grab it or it might get lost.  Lovey is her favorite thing ever and so I want him to stay home.

You can see how much she loves him by the way she's stepping on his head. 🙂

Bunny has a similar face to Lovey and I think that helps too.  Bringing a toy from your baby’s home environment will bring him or her comfort when everything around him or her looks strange.  Does your little one bring a toy to daycare?

2.) Make Drop off Quick.

This really is the best way.  I know how excruciatingly painful it is to a first-time mom, but we have to keep in mind what’s going to be best for the child.  Lingering will only make it tougher.  I used to be a kindergarten teacher and I used to be a preschool teacher so I’ve seen it from that end too.  Trust me when I say this: after you leave, the child stops crying real quick once they find something to play with or get distracted by something else.  They really will be okay.  That experience didn’t make dropping my baby off any easier, but I knew what needed to be done and I did it.

We had also gone in to show Cupcakes the room and meet the teachers before we actually dropped her off and that helped.  If you do that, the environment isn’t completely foreign.

3.) Don’t Peek!

I know it’s hard.  Believe me.  I peeked the first day and that made my afternoon so much harder than it needed to be.  That little crying face absolutely broke my heart!  It took everything I had not to run in there and hold her, but I knew doing that would make things so much worse.  Day one was rough; I’m not going to lie.  You just have to make it through.  They said the second day would be worse because Cupcakes would know what was about to happen when she saw the room, but she had a MUCH better day the second time so that was awesome.  <3

4.) Get [Positive] Updates.

Most daycares are really good about updating you if you call.  They are happy to let you know how your little one is doing.  And [hopefully] they know to tell you the positives of how the day is going.  Luckily, I get to work in the same place where my daughter is in daycare and the people I work for are family friends.  My boss and the other teachers are people I’ve known since high school and they knew I was having a hard time.  So they would come to my room and tell me how she was doing and give other words of encouragement.  (They did this when they caught me peeking too, lol).  I really, really appreciated the updates!

5.) “Pray

hope and DON’T WORRY” – Saint [Padre] Pio.  Great saint.  Great advice.  Pray for strength for you and your baby.  Just talk to God; tell Him how you’re feeling; tell Him your concerns and He will bring you peace.

Good Luck!

Let me know how YOUR first drop off goes (went) or if you have any additional tips.

Other updates – my new job is going okay… I tweet when I can.  I miss twitter, my blog, pinterest and many more Internet gems, but the pay is much better at a job.  🙂  Also, we have chosen an apartment!!  We picked Ruby Lane and got approved.  Now we just have to wait until one becomes available.  More updates as they come.  🙂

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  1. She is going to do great! Your list sounds fantastic. Having something from home will surely help you! No need to pray:) So glad the work is doing great!

  2. Sounds like she is doing awesome! You always have such great tips and I think these are pretty spot on as well 😉 Glad work is going well!

  3. Great list! Making transitions in life is always tough. I know that this would be really hard for me, too. I’m glad that your little one is doing well and that the job is going okay so far. That’s great about the apartment!

  4. These are EXCELLENT tips! Especially the don’t peek one. I work at daycare, and the don’t peek is a very big thing. We have parents dropping off the little ones, and if they peek, not only does it break the parent’s heart, but if their LO sees them? The cycle starts all over again, and the crying just gets worse.

    Another tip, and for most parents it goes without saying I know, but keep your daycare teacher updated on what’s going on at home, at least minimally. LO is teething? Starting to try to potty train? Going through a stressful time at home? Please let us know. We don’t need details, and won’t pry. But the heads-up is nice. I can name a few times when I’ve mentioned things to the parent, like so-and-so has diaper rash, or something similar, only to have the parent go ‘Oh I knew that.’, and look at me like I’m stupid, or like I think they’re a horrible dumb parent.

  5. Sounds like it is going well. It took Logan awhile to be okay with daycare. But now he loves it! As I know Cupcake will too 🙂 When she starts talking about her teachers and her friends, it is wonderful

    • AdminJamin says:

      Oh wow that does sound wonderful. I seriously can’t even picture her talking!! She walks around saying “Ha!” (Hat), “Hah!” (Hot) and “Cuh!” (Cup) but that’s it. 🙂

  6. These are great tips. Fortunately, L has been going to daycare since he was 9 months and he has always been pretty good about it. There are still those days every now and then when I just don’t wanna let go of him though. It is really tough. That is so cool you work in the same place as Cupcakes goes to daycare. Good luck!

    • AdminJamin says:

      Yes I’m told that I picked the worst age to start bringing Cupcakes to daycare! It’s easier when they’re younger for sure!

  7. LOVE that you’re providing tips! I wish you’d used Child Care though, not daycare. Daycare can be such an alienating word and it’s not all encompassing. Many families need care during non traditional hours. The phrase “daycare” is just SO loaded.

    • AdminJamin says:

      I’m sorry; I had never heard that the term ‘daycare’ could be offensive! Our center is only open during the day though. I sometimes wonder what parents do when they work non-traditional hours.

  8. I will never forget my son’s first day at Pre-K – he attended Pre-K at our parochial school. I parked in the lot and he hopped out of the car and said, “thanks for the ride Mom!” and started off. I had to stop him and tell him I had to go in with him (we had to sign them into the classroom every day)…..so funny!

    • AdminJamin says:

      That is funny! I’m glad he did so well; things can get a lot more hairy for parents and kids!! 🙂


  9. As a daycare provider I agree with all of this list except one. It is really hard t have toys brought in from home. The other kids see it and want to play with it and more than likely your child will no be willing to share. I ask that parents please toys at home. If they want to bring something bring a small blanket that can be pulled out of their cubby when they are needed a snuggle

    • AdminJamin says:

      I agree about the toys! My kids used to leave theirs by their boxes and would get to hold them if they were upset. Once the toys were dropped, I scooped them up and put them back in their boxes. 🙂

  10. Thanks for sharing this advice! I am a working mom, and I need to start taking my child to a daycare center soon. The last thing I want is for the drop off to be hard on my kid, so I’ll be sure to follow this advice. And hopefully the place I choose won’t have any trouble making my toddler feel comfortable.

  11. I’ve been worried about dropping my son at his first day of daycare, so I hope that these tips will help make it easier for both of us. Bringing something for him to keep at daycare from home seems like a great tip. That would allow him to have something that he’s familiar with until he’s comfortable with being at daycare. It’s great that this method worked for your child since she didn’t need it on her second day there. I hope that this will work for my son so that he won’t have to take his stuffed bear to daycare with him every day. Thanks for the tips!

  12. I have the hardest time dropping my toddler off at daycare and knowing that she’s upset. It tears at my heart every time. I so appreciate these useful tips to make daycare drop-off easier. I think that’s a good idea to sleep with one of their stuffed animals so it smells like you and then let them bring it to daycare. It’s true that calling the daycare to get updates is often times reassuring. Thanks for sharing!


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