(Closed) seeking advice from daycare moms

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 4
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@kelly105:  I cant give you advice on the night time schedule thing (although there are lots of books on the matter and I know my new mom friends have figured this out and its working)

However, your daycare/preschool should have told you already regarding your other bottle/diaper/day schedule.

When I toured and put my name on the waiting list these are all items they went through on the tour. Each place is different. For my place all bottles must be made ahead, diapers were kept in a cubby for each child that its the parents job to make sure they didnt rub out and each morning I fill out a piece of paper requesting what kind of schedule etc I wanted that day as well as anything else of note. Baby is tired, sick, fussy etc today.

Post # 5
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Each child is different on feeding so you really can’t and shouldn’t go by what people say on the net. You know your child better than we do.  When my son started daycare, he was eating every 2 to 3 hours and would let you know. I would let her know when dropped off what time he ate and how long he slept that night before.  It gave her a guidance of when he would probably be hungry again.  

She in turn would document each time he had a bottle and each time he napped. 


My son was half bottle fed formula half bottle fed breast milk. I would bring her containers of formula she had her own bottles to use, and I would just let her know how many oz’s he was up to.  She would mix the formula as she would go and then let me know when he was getting low to get more.  

When time came for baby food, I would bring her jars of it.  She would then feed him the food and always let me know when she got low.



Post # 6
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My son started daycare at 12 weeks and he didn’t have a schedule other than that he wanted to eat every ~2 hours.  The daycare follows his eating and sleeping schedule, such that it is.  I found that most places we toured don’t expect young babies to be on a schedule yet.

At the place we chose, we provide breast milk, bottles, crib sheet and blanket, diapers, and wipes, and the caregivers write down every day when and how much he eats, when and how long he naps, whether his diaper is wet and/or dirty at each diaper change, and also if he’s running low on any supplies.

His particular daycare is really flexible with when you bring stuff.  I like to bring several bags of milk (they will store extra in freezer), lots of bottles and liners (I use Playtex drop-ins) and lots of diapers so I don’t have to pack this stuff every morning.  Other moms will bring only what their child needs for the day.

Other daycares we visited were more rigid and required, say, bottles ready-to-feed each day and would not store extra breast milk and extra clean bottles (or whole cans of formula and jugs of water).  Ask what policies your daycare has, if any.

Post # 7
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m currently PG so I can’t offer you first-hand experience/information, however, we are planning to send our child to a preschool program at 12 weeks. The policies depend on the daycare/preschool.

School One (Montessori, our no. 1 pick):

– Bring in your own diapers, wipes, sunscreen (we are doing disposables so I didn’t ask about cloth)

– Bring in your own bottles, labeled (they have a bottle warmer if needed, they are not microwaved). When transitioning to solids, you would bring in your own baby food (whether homemade or premade). They don’t serve their food until they hit at least 1, I think.

– Keep a few extra outfits in the cubby in case of blowouts (most parents leave a wet bag/reusable grocery bag in the cubby for consumed baby bottles/dirty clothes)

– No room for a diaper bag so you can use one to bring stuff in but you have to take it with you

– Since it is a Montessori, it is a child-led program so they’ll follow your child’s general sleep schedule. When they’re this little, they sleep a lot. I think as they get older, they will get into a schedule/pattern, much like they would if you were a Stay-At-Home Mom watching him/her.

School two (NAEYC-accredited):

– Bring in your own diapers but they will supply the wipes. I forgot to ask about sunscreen.

– No diaper bag necessary. As with the other one, you can use one to bring in your stuff but you would take it with you.

– Bring in your own baby bottles. They will feed their food to the LOs in the appropriate format (finger food, puree, etc.).

– At this age, they mostly follow the child’s schedule as well. As they get older, they will transition into a more set schedule.

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