Starting nursery soon? How to make it a success!

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Having been through it, and worrying about it for so long, I thought i’d share some of things that I feel have made starting nursery easier for us……. the things I feel like you all need to know!

Try to control your emotions

As well as being tough for your baby, the emotions we go through at that point are immensely intense! Whether your child is going 1 day a week, or 5 days per week, they pick up on your emotions quicker than you may realise. Therefore, if you are nervous, they are going to feel it. Try to be as upbeat as possible throughout the whole process, with a level of confidence and assurance which you can pass on to them. I tried to remain upbeat when taking the little man in, playing and joking with him the whole way – I think in the end, it helped us both!



If your little one uses something at home for comfort – be it a dummy, blanket, or cuddly toy; make sure that you have duplicates, and leave one at nursery. You are their biggest comfort, and for probably the first time, they won’t have you there. Therefore, it’s always good for them to have something they are familiar with. For us, it was a dummy at nap times, and the staff said that it helped him self settle earlier than they thought he would.


Routine, routine, routine

Routine is key! That includes things such as timings, people, items etc. From day 1, my husband has done the drop off at 8am, and I always pick him up between 4-5pm. We have tried to make sure that we keep that as consistent as possible most days. Doing that for 5 days out of 7 means that he has quickly got used to the routine, and now goes straight to his little chair for breakfast when he gets to nursery.


Change bag

Invest in a little rucksack for your little one to take to nursery – we got a really cute one from Cath Kidston. Make sure it contains a change of clothes (including socks and dribble bibs), and anything else you think your child may need whilst at nursery. I was not prepared for how often he would need to change his clothes – so having a rucksack ready has been great, and saves time. We only bring it home when something needs replacing, and the rest of the time it stays on his peg. Another tip – make sure all of his / hers clothes are labelled (or you may never see it again!). We used My Nametags – they stick really well, and arrived super quickly.


Nappies & wipes

At our nursery, we supply nappies and wipes. I therefore try and stock up on smaller packs of nappies which are easy for nursery to store. Check out Bumdeal for up to date prices of nappies – I swear by it! Nursery get through way more nappies than we do, but that’s because they change him every 3 hours – so cost effective nappies are a must!


Vapour plug-in & drops

One thing I wasn’t prepared for? The amount of snot and congestion one little toddler could produce! YUK! He has had a cold which has been on and off for the past 8 weeks – there is always something! The Calpol vapour plug has been a lifesaver for us, as it really helps his breathing when he is blocked up! We need shares in the company the amount we have got through!


Questions – all the questions!

The one thing that will make nursery a success for both you and your child? Making sure that you are happy and well informed. Therefore, make sure you ask all of the questions you need to – no matter how trivial you think they may be. At the end of the day, this is THE most special person in the world to you, and you are leaving them in someone else’s care – and therefore, you need to make sure you are 100% comfortable.


Wine / Gin

I don’t think I need to go into too much detail about this one!


Good luck!

Mummy S x

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  • The Tale of Mummyhood November 5, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    My eldest will start preschool soon and I’m totally unprepared! I definitely need to invest in a vapour plug! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  • sharon brison November 6, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Its been a while since my kids went to Nursery! However, reading this list I can honestly say it’s very good, I found asking Mums for ideas was always way better than any ‘books’! Thanks for linking up #Blogstravaganza

  • Ann from Rainbows are too beautiful November 9, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Yes, there are a lot of colds that land when the kids go to nursery – all good for their immune system in the long run I suppose. #dreamteam

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons November 17, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    These are great tips, and I completely agree, especially, that routine is super important. Once everyone is used to the routine, things usually fall into place. I’m researching the Calpol vapour plug as we speak as mine is full of cold. Thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeam x

  • Cassie Parish November 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    All of this! Our nursery days have been and gone and we have recently been preschool enrolment in September. Both were hellish and a pretty dreadful emotional rollercoaster ride for about 4-6 weeks and then normal resumed and all was well again. We used most of your methods above though.

    Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS

  • Bread // Queer Little Family November 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Routine is definitely key for life with kid. My so was sick over a week ago and we’re still trying to get back to normal. #kcacols

  • mainy November 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Plan, routine, planner…..3 of my favourite words, particularly when the boys were younger or I would never get anything done.

  • Kate Eccles November 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    My first went to nursery at 10 months old and OMG the amount of bugs she picked up in the first 12 months was incredible! Calpol at the ready!! 🙂 #KCACOLS

  • Maria November 25, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Fab tips – completely agree with trying to keep your emotions in check. And yes to the vapour plug-ins. They are brilliant! #KCACOLS

  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood November 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    There’s certainly slot to sort out when they start nursery, I agree sticking to a routine is best for everyone everyone. One day out of the routine can cause lots of tears on drop offs!! #KCACOLS


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