Back to School Tips for Infants
Ease into Separation
If this is your child’s first time away from you, practice short separations before the first day to help them get used to the idea.
Ensure you have all the necessary supplies, including diapers, wipes, spare clothes, bottles, formula, and special comfort items.
If your baby is used to being held or rocked to sleep, discuss these soothing techniques with caregivers to ensure a smooth transition.
Back to School Tips for Toddlers
Visit the New Environment
Take your toddler for a visit to the new school or daycare before the first day. Familiarity can help ease anxiety.
Talk About It
Explain to your toddler what to expect using simple and positive language. Describe the new routine and the fun activities they’ll get to do.
Create a Morning Routine
Establish a consistent morning routine to help your toddler get ready for school. This routine can include brushing teeth, getting dressed, and having breakfast.
Encourage your toddler to do things independently, such as putting on their shoes, which can boost their confidence.
Celebrate your toddler’s milestones and achievements at school, no matter how small.
Back to School Tips for Infants and Toddlers
You may want to let your infant or toddler bring a comfort item from home, like a favorite toy or blanket, to help them feel secure.
When you drop off your infant or toddler, keep goodbyes positive and brief. Reassure them that you’ll be back.
- Stay Involved
- Be patient and offer comfort as needed
- Label everything
- Maintain open communication with the caregivers