(Closed) first day of daycare today! kind words needed…

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

That first day sucked.  SUCKED.  πŸ™‚  I thought I was all prepared but as soon as I walked out the daycare door I started crying.  But the 2nd day?  Way better.  Those ladies LOVE my baby so I’m not sure I could ask for more.  If she ever comes up missing, I’ll be checking Ms. Doris’ house first. πŸ™‚  Oh, and I made it till lunchtime that first day before I called.  I felt very proud of myself.  Good luck!  Your little one will be fine!  (And you will, too.)

Post # 4
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m not a mom, but I used to work in a daycare, so I can give you that perspective. The people caring for you child WANT to be there. they LOVE working with kids, and have a special place in their hearts for the kids they look after.

Also – kids always adjust very quickly. There is so much new and fun stuff there for them to interact with, they won’t even notcie you are away. (not that they don’t miss you, but they are having fun and learning). Even if they were crying when you left – not even two minutes later, they will be happy and playing, so don’t think that they are crying all day..not the case!

Good luck with your transition back to work. Trust me – it is harder on you then on your baby! πŸ™‚

Post # 5
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Aw, good luck!  I haven’t been in your position yet, but wishing you all the best!

Post # 6
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

((hugs))  I bawled the first day, too… hell, I still have moments occassionally and DS is 3.  It will get better, I promise.  Does your center do progress reports?  Those helped me the most, to read about what he did that day, what he played with, what he ate, etc.  Reassured me that he was in a good place and having the time of his little baby life.  Focus on the fact that your little one gets to play with other babies, meet new people, experience new things… all of which help them grown up way too fast :).  Good luck with the rest of the day, and don’t worry about feeling sad… it’s completely normal and your colleagues will understand, and tomorrow will be a little better.

Post # 7
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

DS is going on his third month at daycare. It was so hard those first few days. I think it was harder on Darling Husband because he stayed home for 2.5 months after I went back to work, so I had already adjusted back into my work schedule.

It does get easier.

And what the PP said about day care providers wanting to be there is true. I work with kids in residential care, and find myself reassuring parents and kids that it’s not just a job to me. I really love what I do.


Post # 8
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ah, I wish I could give you a big hug today.  It’s hard, I know.  It will get better, though. 

I don’t know if it would help you, but I used to bring Addie’s pjs to work with me each day.  I actually got the idea from some of the brestfeeding ladies who brought their baby’s onesies or blankets to work to help with let down during pumping.  Even though I wasn’t pumping, it was a big comfort to me take my breaks in a quiet place where I could hold her pjs, think about her and look at her pictures.  It was just a nice break from my day to concentrate on my baby, and it made me feel less guilty about not being with her all the time.

Post # 10
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Glad to hear that it went as well as it could. It sounds like you have found a great day care! I’m sure they will love him and take good care of him. And it’s great that you are able to go check on him at lunch!!!! Even if you don’t do it every day, having that option is great!


Post # 11
3587 posts
Sugar bee

I’mg glad everything went well! I had to bring my baby to daycare at 2 months.       πŸ™ Thankfully I teach GA Pre-K at a daycare, so she comes to work with me, so I can see her all day when I go to the bathroom or our class goes to lunch/outside.

It was still hard though, for someone else to care for her. It gets easier though.

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