What Should You Be Packing In Your Daycare Bag?
As a parent whose child is going to daycare for the first time, it can often be overwhelming to know that your little one will be spending time away from you. The best way to make sure your child has everything they need is to pack an amazing daycare bag. We’ve covered all the essentials to make sure your bub has a great time at daycare.
- Crib sheets, blankets, swaddles and sleep sacks
When it comes to nap time, some daycare centres ask that you provide your own sleeping materials. Even if they don’t however, packing your own blankets and sheets is a fantastic idea as your child will recognise the familiar scent from home, helping them feel more relaxed and at ease.
- Creams, nappies and wipes
The best centres provide this stuff for free. However, if your little one has sensitive skin, pack a supply of nappies, nappy rash cream and wipes that you know will work with their skin type. Just remember to check your supply every few days and remember to put in refills!
- Spare or extra clothing
It can be hard to account for every situation, so be sure to pack a complete change of clothes. This could include jackets and scarves for cold weather, hats for the sun, or simply another outfit in case of any “toilet emergencies”. If your child is toilet training, you may wish to pack multiples!
- Food and milk
Whether your bub is formula-fed or breastfed, make sure to pack clearly labelled bottles as well as your chosen milk product. Make sure to check with your daycare how they would prefer you to pack the milk as some facilities may want it thawed or frozen. When your child starts eating solids, don’t forget to pack their own sippy cups and cutlery as toddlers can get quite possessive
- Burp cloths and bibs
Every parent knows that you can never have enough burp cloths or bibs. We recommend stocking on a separate collection of “daycare bibs” to be used just at daycare. Consider purchasing both bigger bibs for meal time and smaller bibs for wiping up excess drool.
- A permanent marker or iron-on label
Every parent knows that things get lost at school. Whether it’s textbooks, stationery, or even bits of clothing, kids always seem to lose their belongings. To combat this, make sure that you clearly label everything you send to daycare. This will save you time at the end of each day, as your teacher will know which items to place in your child’s bag.
Your child deserves nothing but the best, which is why here at Bliss Early Learning, our meals are developed in partnership with leading Australian paediatric nutritionists. To find out more, please get in touch with our friendly team.