Post # 1
DH and I have our daycare situation all sorted out for when LO gets here. She’ll be taken care of at the military daycare facility on post, starting at around 10 weeks of age. It’s subsidized so it’s ridiculously cheap, and everyone who has used it raves about it.
My question is, what in all hell do the babies do in there all day?? I get that the older kids play with toys and with each other, but what about the wee little babies? I mean do they just, like … lie on the floor looking at things, or sit in their car seats bored and lonely? I know they have cribs for the babies to nap in, but I’m just so baffled as to what a 10-week-old baby will do for the 9 hours or so each day that she’d be in there.
Then again, I’m pretty baffled as to what a 10-week-old baby does all day anyway, so maybe that’s part of my problem
I know a few of you are daycare teachers and work in the infant room, so hopefully you can help me clear this up!! I’m not really worried about daycare negatively impacting my child’s development or anything, but I still kind of wonder how they keep the babies entertained over there!
Post # 3
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 # 5
@peachacid: but … 10 week olds can’t do any of that (except eat and sleep). They just kinda … sit there. The whole thing is just very confusing to me.
Post # 6
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
@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
@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
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@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
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 # 11
@MrsTVLover: haha I’ll bet!! That’s gotta be a LOT of diapers. I picture, like, an assembly line of people feeding, rocking, changing, and putting babies down for naps only to have the first ones wake up again and be ready to go back down the assembly line.
Post # 12
@beachbride1216: ah, this is helpful. I haven’t gotten to check the place out yet but definitely will before LO is actually born. Glad to know she won’t be just sitting there staring at the wall and getting a progressively flatter and flatter head!!
Post # 13
@peachacid: true. Whenever I try to read to my niece she just grabs the book out of my hands and eats it, but then again she’s 9 months old. The wee ones aren’t strong enough for that kind of nonsense yet, haha
Post # 14
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
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
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.