DOES THIS SCENARIO SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU?
It is 6 a.m., and you already have a million things on your to-do list. After you get through the hustle and bustle of preparing yourself and your little one, you grab your keys to head out the door when suddenly you see a tear drop down your little one’s face. Your little one says, “Mommy, I want to stay home with you.” You are surprised because yesterday your little one was overjoyed to go to daycare, but today of all days, your little one wants to stay connected to your hip. You begin thinking of what you can do to neutralize the situation at hand. On the outside, you look calm, but deep down inside, you are panicking.
Today’s helpful tips on “How to Make the Perfect Last Minute Daycare Survival Bag”
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When our youngest son, Houston, was 5 years old, we faced this scenario every morning. It was an unwelcome challenge until a good friend of ours recommended we start packing a daycare survival bag, a bag full of individual items that would make him feel at home when he was at his daycare. Through the years, we have tweaked our daycare survival bag to also include things that were useful and gave us a piece of mind. Now, we feel confident that we know what to pack for his baby sister’s last-minute daycare survival bag.
Here is How to Make the Perfect Last-Minute Daycare Survival Bag.
1) Grab Their Favorite Toy
Personally, I am very picky about what toys my daughter ,Joy, takes to daycare, so I only include toys that are under a specific dollar amount and can be easily replaced in the event that they mysteriously vanish.
2) Pack One of Their Favorite Books
Joy has just begun learning her ABC’s, so she loves looking through books. Therefore, I always include one of her favorite books of the week when I am throwing together her last-minute daycare survival bag.
3) Include a Few Activity Books
Although our daycare has a wide selection of activity books, I still include activity books that are centered around Joy’s interests.
4) Don’t Forget Their Blanket
I make it a point to keep an extra blanket in the car and on the arm of our couch for Joy, so if I am rushing out the door on a day that she would prefer to be with me, I automatically toss one of her blankets in the bag
5) Be Prepared In Case They Get Sick
Daycares are filled with sticky hands and tons of germs, so you need to be prepared for anything that may arise when your little one is in someone else’s care. I like to include a personalized medicine kit in Joy’s bag, so I know the person taking care of her has everything Joy might need if she doesn’t feel well. My kit includes her shot records, my written consent for the daycare to treat her, a topical ointment for cuts, scrapes or bug bites, and medicine to reduce fever or alleviate a cough with complete instructions on the proper doses to administer to her.
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