How To Prepare Your Toddler For Daycare Each Day

25 January 2022
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Just as parents who work prepare themselves for each day on the job, toddlers likewise should be prepared for each day that they attend daycare. If you have a toddler who goes to daycare, here's how to prepare them for each day at the center.

On-Time Bedtime

How the day goes depends largely on how much sleep was had the night before, and that's especially true for toddlers. If your child doesn't get enough sleep at night, the following day will only be that much harder for them (and everyone who cares for them).

While you can guarantee that your toddler will sleep well every night, you can get them tucked-in on time so that they have the opportunity for a full night's sleep. Plan your activities so that bedtime can occur as scheduled.

Wake Before Them

Resist the temptation to sleep in as much as you can, and set your alarm so that you wake up before your toddler. The time you have before they wake up will help you get ready for the day, and you'll be better able to help them get ready if you're all set yourself.

Only you can determine what's required to get yourself ready. You might want a relaxing 20 minutes with coffee and a book, or you may only want to get dressed and brush your teeth. Whatever it is that you need to do, budget time accordingly and wake up sufficiently early.

Give Them Extra Time

Delays are inevitable when you're working with a toddler, as meltdowns, temper tantrums, unexpected bathroom runs, and even simple questions will inevitably arise. 

Give your toddler some extra time in the morning, so whatever delay arises doesn't put too much pressure on your toddler's time. A meltdown will be frustrating enough, but allowing a few extra minutes for such an incident will ensure your toddler doesn't become even more stressed because they're running late.

In other words, keeping your toddler as stress-free as possible will help them begin daycare without excess worries or frustrations. You can't control all stress-inducing issues, but setting their alarm a little early can prevent rushing from adding to the stress of a situation.

Review What Will Happen

Each morning before you leave for daycare, review what will happen throughout the day with your toddler. This will help them prepare for whatever may occur, and they can be made aware of any changes in the norm.