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.
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!
Mummy S x