What the heck do babies DO all day at daycare????

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

My best friend’s baby goes to daycare a few days a week.  They play, they do art (the teachers cut out shapes and the kids “paint” them), they take naps, they get fed…they read to them.  

Post # 4
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

cry, I imagine

Post # 6
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I worked in an infant room in college.  Most of the day was spent holding them, feeding them, changing them, and putting them down for the nap.  It was crazy.  I felt like most of the day was changing diapers.  

Post # 7
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@iarebridezilla:  babies do exactly what you do with them at home.  The provider cares for them, plays with them, feeds and changes them. The only difference it is the provider not the parent doing this thing. They eat, sleep and play. Yes play floor matts baby toys, etc

Post # 8
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@iarebridezilla:  You can read to a 10 week old baby, trust me.  You can also have them play around a bit.  But yeah, I don’t know other than that.

Post # 9
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@iarebridezilla:  Have you gone over to check out the room?  When I used to pick up my stepdaughter we would peek into the infant room and it seemed they had a daily schedule of activities for the babies.  All interspersed with diaper changing, napping, and bottle feeding for the little babies.  Playtime was mostly tummytime on the floor with toys but they also sang songs, read the babies stories, and did sensory activities with textures and colors.

Here’s a schedule I found from another daycare:

Infant Room Schedule: 

730 – 830 Arrivals, Quiet Play, Books 

8:00 – 9:00 Free Play and Exploration 

9:00 Breakfast (older babies) 

9:30 – 10:00 Art/Sensory Table, Music and Movement 

10:00 – 11:15 Stroller Walks, Baby Exercise, Outside Play 

11:30 Lunch (older babies) 

11:30 – 12:15 Tummy Time, Large Motor Activities 

12:15 – 2:00 Quiet Play, Songs, Finger plays, Rhymes 

2:00 – 3:00 Stroller Walk or Reading and Music 

3:00 Snack (older babies) 

3:00 – 4:30 Free Play and Exploration 

Post # 10
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

They can’t leave them in their cribs and I am pretty sure, unless there is a medical reason, they can’t be left in the car seat.  Chances are, if your baby isn’t asleep or eating then they might be interacting with a adult or a toy.

It also depends on the center.  The school where I work has very rigorous guidelines on activities, even in the infant room.  None of those babies just lie on the floor and stare at the ceiling.

Post # 14
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

10 week old babies mostly just sleep, wake up to eat, sleep, poo, sleep, eat…And they make their needs known vocally, so if she’s not sleeping, I’m sure she’ll be having her needs tended to. But it’s not like there’s much anyone can DO with a 10 week old. 

Post # 15
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I just took a tour of one of our prospects for daycare and they start at 2 months. We got there at nap time (apparently) and the majority of them were defnitely asleep. There were two that were awake and one was having tummy time on a Boppy, chewing on a toy while gazing at himself in a mirror. The other one was having tummy rubs to help get her to go to sleep.

According to the staff, it really is what you would do at home, so tummy time, music/singing, sensory stuff, etc. They don’t keep them in car seats all day for sure. I didn’t get the impression they laid there all day, but then again, I wasn’t there the whole day. On nice days, they have special buggies that are equipped for babies so they go out on walks. There was also an outdoor play area.

They also will hold them to feed them and for the older babies, they’ll introduce them to solids/finger foods.

Post # 16
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Mine started daycare at 8 weeks.  They put them in bouncy sling type seats in a semi-circle and read to them, sing to them, show them jumbo sized pictures of objects and talk about the objects.  They do artwork.  Basically lots of hand/foot print type stuff which I love, because I now have his hand and foot prints in different stages of his first year.  Then when they get older they work with grabing objects or tracking objects with their eyes.  They have quite a bit of activities that they do with them to work on their skills.

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