Post # 1
Our son will start going to a home daycare when he is about 2.5 months old. He is going to another child’s house where a nanny is coming to watch him and the homeowners’ daughter. I am wondering what we should be prepared to provide/pack. We will definitely ask the nanny as the time gets closer; however, we wanted a general idea. This is our first child. This is the homeowners’ second child.
When I worked at a daycare facility the parents provided diapers, wipes, and extra clothes. Formula and baby food were provided by the daycare unless your child needed/wanted specific types. This was a facility setting so I know things will be different…
I know we will provide diapers, wipes, extra clothes, formula, and baby food. I’m thinking we should offer to provide crib sheets. What else have you been asked to provide in a daycare or home daycare situation? Are there any items that you supply that are optional just to make things easier for the daycare/nanny/child?
Also, how many diapers/wipes would you send? Would you send a case at a time?
Thanks in advance for your help! We are a little clueless here!
This topic was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by fiji24.
Post # 2
I worked at a home daycare for a few years in high school and some things we asked parents to provide were:
Diapers/wipes (I think a case of each at a time makes it easier), diaper rash cream, formula, bottles, binky’s (if your child takes one) sippy cups, a plate/fork/spoon when they start eating solids, crib sheets, special blanket/stuffed animal for nap/rest time, a few bibs, extra clothes.
Some home daycares ask you to supply a pack n play for their nap time, so you might want to check to make sure whether or not your responsible for that.
Invest in some good labels with your child’s name to keep track of everything. http://www.leeleelabels.com is a great site for labels that are water proof, dish washer/microwave safe.
Post # 3
For the home daycare we are sending my daughter we need to provide: bottles, breastmilk (she provides formula if you want to use hers and also provides food when they start solids unless you want to bring your own), crib sheets, diapers, (she provides wipes if we want), diaper cream and any other personal care products/medications, pacifiers, blanket/lovey/sleepsack, extra clothes, sunscreen/bug spray.
I’m planning to bring a case of diapers and a case of wipes to leave there. I’ll pack bottles of BM each day, rather than leaving a supply there. I’ll just leave an extra few ounces in the freezer just in case she has a day where she eats more than usual.
Post # 4
I’m a nanny now and used to work in a daycare. LeeBee’s list is pretty sufficient.
Post # 5
We send a big pack of diapers, wipes, formula, one bottle and extra clothes. We also send food now that dd eats solids. I know other moms who bring a bag each day with those items. For me, it is much easier to leave everything there and the daycare just lets me know when anything is running low.
Post # 6
My mom used to own a home daycare, but that’s a bit different than having a nanny go to someone’s house. The only things people had to bring were diapers and changes of clothes, plus bottles/milk/formula for the little ones. Once they got older she had kid friendly plates and utensils and healthy snacks and lunch were incuded in the weekly fee. I think in your situation you will definitely need your own bottles, diapers, etc. but will need to talk with the homeowner and nanny together to work out what else you need to provide. Like, when your baby gets bigger will the family be ok with him using their plates and cups or should you provide your own?
Post # 7
LeeBee88: thanks for the website!!
MrsWBS: nestle: thank you!!
celticbride: I think it’d be easier to send a case at a time-I’m going to check with the other family to see if they are comfortable “storing” those.
LibrarianBride: I think using their plates and stuff will be fine–The nanny is going to do dishes and light cleaning at their house. They are close family friends. However, I didn’t think about maybe providing some dishes/spoons/etc. so that they never “run” out. I want to help in any way I can.