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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.

Pack Essentials

Ensure you have all the necessary supplies, including diapers, wipes, spare clothes, bottles, formula, and special comfort items.

Gentle Transitions

If your baby is used to being held or rocked to sleep, discuss these soothing techniques with caregivers to ensure a smooth transition.

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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 Independence

Encourage your toddler to do things independently, such as putting on their shoes, which can boost their confidence.

Celebrate Achievements

Celebrate your toddler’s milestones and achievements at school, no matter how small.

Back to School Tips for Infants and Toddlers

Comfort Items

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.

Positive Goodbyes

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
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