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    I am going back to work on the 22nd. I have no idea how I am going to get us out the door by 7:30am when I still rarely shower before 9am. DH and I did a practice run last week and failed. Anyways, I am trying to prepare for all this and have some questions.


    1) What time do you start to get ready?
    2) What is baby's morning feeding schedule?
    3) Do you provide burp cloths?
    4) Do you provide swaddle blankets?
    5) How many outfits do you pack? I have a spitty baby, so I am thinking at least 2?
    6) I usually keep Henry in a onesie, but put pants on him when we go out because the AC everywhere is freezing, should I bring pants and socks?
    7) I cloth diaper and daycare allows this, but I am curious if anyone has done cloth diapers and daycare and have any tips for me. I posted in the cloth diaper thread and no one responded.
    8 ) How do you wash/maintain pump parts at work between pump sessions?

    Anything else I am forgetting? Obviously I am bringing wipes, pacifiers, diaper and clothes.

    I sure hope they have a loud vacuum at daycare, because I have a screamy baby and sometimes its the only thing that calms him. I am freaking out that he is going to be upset the whole time and also that they might not take him. Surely they have seen worse babies than mine right? He is just a very sensitive baby. Colicky and whatnot. I wish that I could stay home longer, I just don't think he is ready at all. But we really need the money, so I have to return.
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    The only one I can really answer is cleaning your pump. Medela makes special wipes just for breast pumps to clean on the go. I never used daycare so I can't really help you out there. It might help to start getting you and Henry used to the new schedule now.
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    1) What time do you start to get ready? I commute, so I'll need to get up about 2.5 hours before I head to work. I didn't commute when I had the first two, however. I usually take about 45 minutes to shower, dress, makeup etc. of that. The other time is 1 hour driving, and the rest gathering the kiddos up, feeding breakfast, making their lunches.
    2) What is baby's morning feeding schedule? I usually fed in bed right after they woke up. Then it was into the bouncy chair in the bathroom with me while I showered, did makeup...
    3) Do you provide burp cloths? I wouldn't think so, but you should probably call the center to see if they would like you to. It seems like it would be easier for them to do some laundry than for them to keep up with burp cloths for each baby.
    4) Do you provide swaddle blankets? Again, I'd ask them.
    5) How many outfits do you pack? I have a spitty baby, so I am thinking at least 2? I'd pack at least two or three, each in it's own gallon-sized ziplock. That way its easy to pull one out and put the dirty one back in the ziplock so your diaper bag doesn't get too gross.
    6) I usually keep Henry in a onesie, but put pants on him when we go out because the AC everywhere is freezing, should I bring pants and socks? Do you have robeez-style shoes for him yet? This is the only way I found to get the kids to keep their socks on their feet. I'd take him in pants and socks/shoes. They'll likely need him in more than a onsie per their licensing requirements. Or you could buy those pants that have the feet built in for exclusive daycare use.
    7) I cloth diaper and daycare allows this, but I am curious if anyone has done cloth diapers and daycare and have any tips for me. I posted in the cloth diaper thread and no one responded. Do you have travel-sized wetbags? You may need a large-ish one for the entire days worth of dirty diapers/wipes.
    8 ) How do you wash/maintain pump parts at work between pump sessions? At work I stuck the flanges in a freezer bag so I wouldn't need to wash them after each use. Otherwise try the wipes the PP mentioned, or one of the portable steam bags for use in the microwave. This may gross your coworkers out though. It did mine, which is why I resorted to the additional freezer bag. I did the full clean each night when I got home.

    They for sure have encountered colicky babies before. Maybe you can see if they have a CD player in the infant room? Then you could record a CD of vacuum noise for their use.


    For sure continue on the "dry" runs and start waking up at what will be your normal time now. Then by the 22nd it will feel like old hat. You could also try showering at night to reduce your morning work load. And packing all of these things each night before bed so you just have to grab and go.
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    Thanks ladies, some good recommendations. I had no idea their feet had to be covered at daycare. I haven't been there since I was pregnant, I might need to stop by and ask more questions before he starts.
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    1) What time do you start to get ready? DH and I have a really short commute. We need to be out of the house by 6:35 and usually start around 5:30. We both shower and usually I get the baby ready while DH gets DD ready after his shower. I have the clothes out the night before. Then we usually eat breakfast and one of us gives a bottle but a lot of times the baby won't take a bottle until about 7:30 so they do it at daycare.

    2) What is baby's morning feeding schedule? Rylee varies and is still not on a schedule. Before school was out she rarely took one before leaving the house. DD always took one before at like 6 but Rylee is all over still

    3) Do you provide burp cloths? No. We do bibs when she is older but our daycare does not use them. It's just another thing for them to keep track of whose is who so I think more of a hassle but other places could be different.

    4) Do you provide swaddle blankets? No but I don't swaddle at naps usually. If I want to send one I can and thought about it when Rylee was so little. DD didn't go back to daycare until almost 5 months so by then she wasn't swaddling anymore

    5) How many outfits do you pack? I have a spitty baby, so I am thinking at least 2? We have a cubby that we keep seasonal clothes in. I usually have like 3 outfits in there and I try to replenish it when she goes through an outfit. 9/10 days she comes home in the same outfit. They usually don't change as much as we would I feel like unless it is a big messy spit or something.

    6) I usually keep Henry in a onesie, but put pants on him when we go out because the AC everywhere is freezing, should I bring pants and socks? I keep this stuff in the cubby. I keep a sweatshirt type thing and long and short sleeves. Our center used to be really warm in the infant room so a lot of times they just had the babies in onesies

    7) I cloth diaper and daycare allows this, but I am curious if anyone has done cloth diapers and daycare and have any tips for me. I posted in the cloth diaper thread and no one responded. N/A
    8 ) How do you wash/maintain pump parts at work between pump sessions? N/A

    I have never heard of needing socks to be on. Our babies all depended on their ages but it was not mandatory.

    I think you will find they will tell you he is fine for them. When DD was a baby there was one who was super high needs at home and napped and was fine at daycare. She wore him all the time, slept in his crib with him (yes you read that right) and at daycare he would sleep fine. Our center uses a noise machine/soft music at nap time but I would highly doubt you will find. Center that will use a vacuum. For your baby may like it and another it may startle and scare. It is hard at first to accept that the baby will not be the only one with all their needs met but I found that my worries were worse than needed. My center is unique in that we can go visit them a lot due to it being in our building and we all always say t is amazing you go down and there is order and the babies are all happy and cared for.
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    1) What time do you start to get ready? Usually between 5:30 and 6. I have to be out the door by about 7:45, but that also includes helping my five year old.

    2) What is baby's morning feeding schedule? I actually like it when he sometimes wakes up around 5:30 because I will nurse him and put him back to bed and then he usually sleeps again until I wake him up at 7:15. Then I get him dressed and "top him up" with another short nursing session before we leave. If he wakes up later and I think it's going to make me late to get him to try to go back down, I will just nurse him as soon as he wakes up and then put him in his bouncy chair while I take a shower and get ready. Luckily he is usually in a good mood in the mornings and doesn't complain about that too much.

    3) Do you provide burp cloths? No

    4) Do you provide swaddle blankets? I provided one but I don't know if she uses it, and now I'm about to tell her to stop using it if she does because he can roll over now.

    5) How many outfits do you pack? I have a spitty baby, so I am thinking at least 2? Spitty baby here - I left 3 outfits there for him. Keep in mind that mine is an in-home daycare, so she may have different rules. But mine doesn't send soiled clothes home with him at the end of the day, she just washes them and keeps three there at all times. So sometimes he comes home in different clothes and she keeps the outfit I sent him in. But anyway, he has 3 extra outfits at her house.

    6) I usually keep Henry in a onesie, but put pants on him when we go out because the AC everywhere is freezing, should I bring pants and socks? She keeps the house comfortable for kids dressed in summer clothes, so I just dress him like I dress T (i.e. short sleeved onesies and shorts, no socks. Socks never stay on anyway.) I would see how warm they keep the place. By this age I think that if you would be comfy in shorts and a t shirt, so would they. Or if you would need long pants, so would they.

    7) I cloth diaper and daycare allows this, but I am curious if anyone has done cloth diapers and daycare and have any tips for me. I posted in the cloth diaper thread and no one responded. Sorry, don't know about that.

    8 ) How do you wash/maintain pump parts at work between pump sessions? I do the same as Cristan. I actually rinse out and dry the flanges because I don't want to get milk everywhere, but then I just put everything in my cooler bag with the frozen...er.....don't know the word for it....the blue thing that you freeze and then it keeps everything cool for the day! LOL Then I run everything through the dishwasher at night on the top drawer to wash/sterilize it.

    Anything else I am forgetting? Obviously I am bringing wipes, pacifiers, diaper and clothes.
    - My daycare lady has me provide the bottles too, because different babies like different bottles. Like Reid will ONLY take Tommee Tippee bottles, but the other older baby there takes Avent bottles. But again, she just had me bring her several bottles and she keeps them there at her house and washes them, I don't take them home at night.

    Good luck! It is a big adjustment, but you and he will get used to it. Also, I wouldn't worry too much about him being too fussy for them. I'm sure they've seen every kind of baby out there and are used to dealing with all sorts of babies. Just like you have learned the best ways to soothe him, so will they. And maybe they won't do it exactly like you do it, but that's okay! I actually think maybe it's good for babies to learn that they can be soothed by X OR by Y, so they don't get too stuck on one way, if that makes any sense. So your day care may not run the vaccuum cleaner for him, but I bet they find SOMETHING that works.
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    I get up at 3. Sometimes Julie wakes up then or soon after/before and if she does I feed her and put her back down until DH wakes up. If she's not awake, DH feeds her when he gets up. He also changes her clothes and takes her to daycare. Thankfully, we can drop her off at 530..we also use an in home daycare.
    I provide "blankets" that she uses as burp cloths.
    I gave her a swaddleme, but she doesn't use it. Whereas I have to use it to get her to sleep.
    The daycare lady said she wanted two outfits there just in case. She says she washes them, but so far if she spits up on something, I just take it home.
    I leave Julie in a onesie...no socks.

    I took her diapers, wipes, paci, formula, blankets and outfits. I also left her bouncy chair there. Since she's licensed, she has to keep a crib there and there's allbkinds of rules she has to follow. I was worried sick about putting her in daycare, but I lucked out and got a stellar lady. The first wek, everytime I'd pick her up, Julie was smiling and talking. That helped ease my nerves a lot. I admit, I left work and went straight to get her the first week because I was scared Julie was bothering her. But she told me ...I'm paying for her time and if I need to shop or something, I shouldn't feel bad about getting it done.
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    When things go well ... here's the routine

    1) What time do you start to get ready? I have to be at work at 6, so I wake up around 4:15, feed her, try my hardest to lay her back down (she stays with dad for one more month).
    2) What is baby's morning feeding schedule? Unless she's totally out in her rock n sleep, I feed her before I get ready. If I wait until I'm closer to ready to leave, I'll never get out of there.
    3) Do you provide burp cloths? I'm not sure but I'm thinking no
    4) Do you provide swaddle blankets? It probably can't hurt to throw one in his bag, but don't be suprised if they don't use it, they'll do what works for them which might be totally different from what works at home.
    5) How many outfits do you pack? I have a spitty baby, so I am thinking at least 2? Onesies don't take up much space, so I would throw 3 or 4 in the bag.
    6) I usually keep Henry in a onesie, but put pants on him when we go out because the AC everywhere is freezing, should I bring pants and socks? Can't hurt to throw them in his bag.
    7) I cloth diaper and daycare allows this, but I am curious if anyone has done cloth diapers and daycare and have any tips for me. I posted in the cloth diaper thread and no one responded. The CD board is DEAD!! It's a bummer.
    8 ) How do you wash/maintain pump parts at work between pump sessions? I put mine in the fridge in betweeen pumps. I have the wipes, but they don't fit in the some of the tiny areas.

    Anything else I am forgetting? Obviously I am bringing wipes, pacifiers, diaper and clothes.

    I sure hope they have a loud vacuum at daycare, because I have a screamy baby and sometimes its the only thing that calms him. I am freaking out that he is going to be upset the whole time and also that they might not take him. Surely they have seen worse babies than mine right? He is just a very sensitive baby. Colicky and whatnot. I wish that I could stay home longer, I just don't think he is ready at all. But we really need the money, so I have to return.

    Try not to worry too much, daycare ladies are magical faries with super powers. There's babies who will yell at you all day and take 15 min naps, then go to daycare and sleep soundly on his or her back for 2 hours at a time with no issues, lol. When DS was one, our daycare lady could put in him a pack n play and leave the room and he would just lay down and go to sleep. At home, he'd cry for 15 minutes, then just run around in his crib for 2 hours. :-/
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    1) What time do you start to get ready? When the girls were little I started getting ready an hour before I had to leave. My routine was get up and pump/feed the baby. Take a shower and get myself ready, and head out the door. DH took all of the bags to the car (packed the night before) so that I only had to carry the baby and then my older child when the second came along.
    2) What is baby's morning feeding schedule? Get up and feed/pump, arrive at daycare 40 min drive and feed one more time before leaving for work.
    3) Do you provide burp cloths? Yes, I had very spitty babies and I would usually bring one in the carseat and pack another in the bag.
    4) Do you provide swaddle blankets? If he naps in the swaddle or it calms him down I would send it. Mine slept in them at night but not during the day, so I didn't send one.
    5) How many outfits do you pack? I have a spitty baby, so I am thinking at least 2? How many does he normally go through? I think I sent two in the bag.
    6) I usually keep Henry in a onesie, but put pants on him when we go out because the AC everywhere is freezing, should I bring pants and socks? I would dress him how he is normally comfortable, but send pants and socks just in case. Then after a few days you and the provider can have a conversation about whether or not he seems comfortable or if he needs more clothes.
    7) I cloth diaper and daycare allows this, but I am curious if anyone has done cloth diapers and daycare and have any tips for me. I posted in the cloth diaper thread and no one responded. We used cloth diapers, I would pack new ones every day, and bring home the soiled diapers every night. A regular plastic grocery bag worked fine for the daytime use. My provider would pull the inserts out of the pocket diapers so all I had to do was dump them inside our big wet bag when we got home.
    8 ) How do you wash/maintain pump parts at work between pump sessions? I usually only had to pump once during the day, and would leave them to be washed at home. If I had to pump more then once I would rinse them in between use and then do a thorough cleaning that night. Milk doesn't go bad for a number of hours unrefrigerated 6-8? I have to look it up because I forget, so I figured it wouldn't go bad in a few hours on the parts if anything was left after the rinse.

    Anything else I am forgetting? Obviously I am bringing wipes, pacifiers, diaper and clothes. I would send a favorite blanket that smells like you and home, and once he starts on food they usually expect the parent to provide it until they are on normal table food.

    I sure hope they have a loud vacuum at daycare, because I have a screamy baby and sometimes its the only thing that calms him. I am freaking out that he is going to be upset the whole time and also that they might not take him. Surely they have seen worse babies than mine right? He is just a very sensitive baby. Colicky and whatnot. I wish that I could stay home longer, I just don't think he is ready at all. But we really need the money, so I have to return.
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    Wow! Thanks so much ladies, this is very helpful. Its crazy how different some of our schedules are. Jessica, what time do you go to bed to be up at 3am?

    And I was only kidding about the daycare having a vacuum. But the CD of sounds might be a good idea. He loves the band weezer, I don't why, but it also calms him down. He also likes his sleep sheep, but I am not bringing that everyday, I have got enough to carry.
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