It’s time to send your precious angel to daycare. What will he/she need? How do you ensure you keep track of their stuff? If you’re anything like me, you’ve agonized over it for hours! No worries. I’ve got you covered for all your daycare essentials.
When I first toured our daycare, the administrators told me that in Texas daycares are not allowed to swaddle babies. This absolutely broke my heart. Babies love to be swaddled and mine was no different. This is definitely what worried me the most about starting daycare.
Good news is that you can bring in sleepsacks for the baby. Now, of course, not the swaddling kind. They have to have their arms free. I tried the basic Halo Sleepsack. My little one was not about it. Then I tried the Nested Bean Zen Sack. Hallelujah! She loved it. I think the tiny beans on the front made her feel like she was being swaddled. She wore it all the way up until she started sleeping on her stomach. You can definitely wear it backwards as well, she just preferred a regular sleepsack at that point.
My baby always sleeps with white noise. The daycare has a white noise machine, but I wanted to be sure it would be close enough to her crib for it to be effective. They told us we could bring our own white noise machine if we wanted. We were gifted the Skip Hop Stroll & Go Portable Baby Soother Owl. It has a nifty little strapped that can be attached the side of a stroller or in this case: a crib. It worked perfectly!
You can set it for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. There are also four sound options: 2 Lullabies (Brahms’ and Sunrise) and 2 Nature Sounds (Waves and Rainforest). The only negative about the Skip Hop Owl Soother is the battery life. You definitely have to change them more frequently than our beloved Baby Shusher.
Next, I noticed that quite a few of the babies in her class had the same type of bottles. I wanted to ensure that we could determine which ones were hers. I found these Dr. Brown’s Mybands Assorted Colors Label Bands. You write your child’s name on the band in Sharpie and then slip it over the bottle. They fade the first couple of times, but I didn’t have any issues after. I even run them through the dishwasher and her name stays!
I know you can just write straight on the bottle, but these made it highly visible which bottles were hers. They even fit on her sippy cups, so don’t think their specifically for the Dr. Brown’s bottles.
Are you sending homemade baby food to daycare? No glass jars allowed. My favorite containers are the OXO Tot 12-piece Baby Blocks set. These are perfect because you can freeze and warm them! They can even be stacked in the freezer for great space saving. And of course, they are leak proof. I just toss them in her canvas tote with her empty bottles and haven’t had any accidents. They’ve been great!
Now, how do you label the homemade baby food? I found these adorable labels from Chubbiee. These are meant to be baby bottle labels, but I use them for her baby food containers. They are super easy to apply and remove. The labels don’t leave a sticky residue either! They are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe so you can reuse them. I foresee many uses for these handy dandy labels.
These are all my must-have daycare items! What are your must-have baby items? Leave it in the comments below. Subscribe to my newsletter for more Sippy Cups and Mimosas. And thanks for stopping by!