My 28 month old is starting fulltime care next week and he has been home with me and another child his age since birth, and suggestions on easing this major transition?

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TJ has been home with mommy during the day since birth. We have had 2 other kids that have been with us in some of that time, but not a class full of 10 kids with a teacher he doesn't know. I am going back to work day shift, I have been evening shift, and he will go to full time day care. I know this transition will be brutally hard. Any suggestions on easing it would be appreciated.

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Jeanet - posted on 01/03/2009

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My daughter was younger than this, but I think it would still help. I made her a photo album, of us, grandparent's, aunts and uncles and her of course and when she got a little sad during the day, her provider got it out for her and it really seemed to help her. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2009

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Make it a big fun deal.. take him to the store to pick out his school back pack and lunch bag etc.. go on a hunt with him to find his favorite blanket for nap time and have him help you pack his bag.. i told my 2 1/2 year old son that he was going to school where big boys play etc.. making him part of the process seemed to help.. try to stay positive about this transition-- he will pick up on cues from you on how to react.. i also would find a transitional object a sm. trinket from home he can bring with him to the daycare.. it is tough.. but usually tougher on us sometimes.. he'll be ok when that becomes his new normal.. good luck..

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