I started back last week. Tim is being watched by twin teen girls at their house for the rest of the summer. Tim will go to a home daycare (on my street!) when school starts.
1) What time do you start to get ready? We are usually up by 630- out the door at 730
2) What is baby's morning feeding schedule? Tim has been waking around 5am to nurse then I nurse him again just before we head out.
3) Do you provide burp cloths? no, I tossed in a couple of receiving blankets that get used for spitups, etc.
4) Do you provide swaddle blankets? I send one, the girls haven't mastered the swaddle but their attempts are cute
5) How many outfits do you pack? I have a spitty baby, so I am thinking at least 2? I send one for each diaper change just in case. Tim either spits up or leaks it seems. Sam's daycare had assigned cubbies and we just left stuff there for him, I would replace when something came home to be washed.
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 ask!
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. I bought bumgenius pockets just for daycare to use. I pack 5 in the bag and send a zippered wet bag for them to put the dirties in (they also just toss in any other dirty items--clothes or blankets) I send my cloth wipes in a quart ziplock-they are wet and ready to use.
8 ) How do you wash/maintain pump parts at work between pump sessions? I wash them in the break-room sink. I have a trial size bottle of dish soap. I have a washcloth that I set them on to dry in my office and I cover them with a cloth. I have a microwave steam bag available if I want to sterilize (only sterilize if dealing with yeast and before the weekend). I actually have 2 pumps, so I am planning on leaving one pump at work. I bring a small cooler lunch bag for the milk. I portion into storage bags right after pumping.
I send bottles with Tim, I send in frozen milk in a small cooler bag that they put in their freezer (bag and all--neat and tidy for them). They thaw the milk as they need it.
I bought a bag to use just for daycare, I pack it each evening when I get home so that it is ready to go. I also shower in the evenings to save time. I prep as much the evening before as I can. Lunches, set out clothes, packing bags, etc.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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Elizabeth.. we go to bed around 8. Julie usually goes to bed around 630 which seems absurdly early, but with us getting up so early..it works right into our schedule. However, when I have a day off.. she still wakes up at 4am lol!
I, also, get everything ready the night before. Even tho DH does most of the baby care in the morning.. I have Julies stuff sitting in the carseat so he knows to take it. Also.. I only had to take all that stuff once. She keeps it at her house.
Alissa..lol! I have dried my hair maybe three times and only straightened in like once since I've been PREGNANT. My hair looks so bad...all frizzy and poofy...andI am so past caring...lol. I know Tims like..wtf? Haha
Im pregnant with my 4th and we get up between 6:30 and 6:45 and leave the house by 7:15/7:20 so we can be at daycare by 7:30 so I can be to work by 8am. When I go back to work I will probibally do the same maybe a little earlier to get the baby ready. Daycares dont care if their feet have socks or not well most. The inhomes and centers mine went to didnt require it until they went to the year+ room and they had to have shoes and socks every day. I would call the center and ask what their preference is on what they wear and what they want for you to send for the baby. When my kids were in the last center my youngest needed diapers, wipes, an extra set of clothes or two and that was it since they provide everything else. Alot of centers its against their regulations to have a blanket or swaddle blanket in the crib with the babies. I know that since my kids are now in an inhome that we love I will have to provide a diaper bag that has diapers, maybe wipes, blanket if I want, diaper rash cream, as far as anything else my sitter will tell me as she needs or wants it. Cloth diapering at a daycare you might want seperate diapers for there they might not clean them as well as you like so I would keep that in mind. I would provide them with a wet bag and you might need a couple so you can take them back and forth as they want them taken home or how often you want them taken home.
Are you going to use disposable wipes or clothe wipes? If cloth you will want to take enough dailly or weekly or whatever. Going back to work sucks but necessary for alot of us. You have to do whats best for you and your kids on how early you get up and tweak it to get things ready. I have everything packed the night before usually otherwise I will forget things. My kids infant room had a radio that played most if not all the day for noise. So mybe yours will to.
Last edited by keaty; 07-10-2013 at 08:19 PM.
Thanks again for all the great suggestions. Yes my daycare center makes you take home the dirty cloth diapers everyday. I use cloth Wipes at home but they said I need to use disposable wipes there. I made an apointment next week to ask my questions and get a 2nd tour since its been so long.
I shower at night and get diaper bag ready the night before also! If we take lunch to work that day, I get it ready the night before. Breakfast is usually something quick.. oatmeal, breakfast shake, breakfast bar, fruit and yogurt, etc. Lucas wakes up between 3:30-5 so I feed him and put him back to bed. I get out of bed at 5:45.. get ready and my DH gets whatever needs to be done that morning for his diaper bag.. bottles, etc. and DS1 as well. We leave at 6:45-6:50. Only takes 10 mins to get to my mother's house. I usually change his diaper at my moms and leave her house at 7:10 and I am at work by 7:20-7:25. We open at 7:30
*lurker* Hi Elizabeth!
I'll answer the ones I remember/have advice for!
2) What is baby's morning feeding schedule?
I would nurse first thing when I got up and then top off before leaving for daycare.
3) Do you provide burp cloths?
Nope, center provides for the babies
4) Do you provide swaddle blankets?
Nope, center either provided or wouldn't use them, can't remember which!
5) How many outfits do you pack? I have a spitty baby, so I am thinking at least 2?
I provided 3 full outfits. My center provided bibs but if they hadn't I would have provided bibs too.
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?
Yes. that way the provider can make the clothing decision based on the temp inside that day.
8 ) How do you wash/maintain pump parts at work between pump sessions?!
UGH! I hate pumping. *sigh* okay I did this two ways - used the microwavable bags and just put everything in plastic baggies and back into the fridge.
Anything else I am forgetting? Obviously I am bringing wipes, pacifiers, diaper and clothes.
I'd suggest bringing cloth diaper safe rash cream & whatever baby lotion you use. depends on your center though. Ours loved for us to provide lotion so they could lube the baby up after bad spit up/poop sessions where they had to bathe the baby. Ours also asks for the rash cream to be provided just in case.
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