Nursery

Mohor - posted on 05/06/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am planning to send my daughter to the nursery next month (she will be nine months old then) but just don't know how to prepare her and myself for the change :-( Any suggestions?!

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Rebekah - posted on 05/07/2009

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Check to see if the nursery has the same people greeting every time? This helps baby get used to the same face and they have an easier time. Drop your baby off and make the "bye bye" as quick as possible - the more you linger or keep coming back, the baby will get a sense of insecurity because the baby will think it's not safe since you can't leave. Just drop off, say bye bye, give a hug and kiss and leave. She may cry, but usually most nurseries will come and get you if the crying persists after 10 minutes (ask what their policy is). It's hard at first, but it gets easier.

Mohor - posted on 05/06/2009

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Hi - My daughter was very clingy around three weeks back and I have been researching on it since. Believe, it is part of separation anxiety which has to be dealt with carefully - I think the key is to be firm yet sensitive. Try to google it and you will come up with loads of suggestions. Just so you feel a bit better - it is an important development and reflects the bond/love she has for you :-)

Cathelijn - posted on 05/06/2009

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My daughter is going to start nursery in about 3 weeks she will 6 months by then. I am trying to get her in to a routine as much as possible check with the nursery what their daily routine is so you can work on that. We spend a lot of time just the 2 of us so I am trying to socialize her as much as possible so we go to busy place were she can see lots of new faces :-)

The nursery she is going to has settling in days so She will go for a few hours and I will stay for a while until she is comfortable. Also I am making the cot in the nursery with her favourite blankets that smell of home...

I know it is going to be hard because she is pretty clingy and doesn't like strangers so any tips you get let me know :-)

Antonia - posted on 05/06/2009

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Introduce her gradually. Ask if you can go in with her for a few short plays before the day she starts, or do that when she starts. It can be a stressful situation if you and your child are not ready for the change. Make sure you are feeling comfortable with leaving your daughter there, as she will be able to tell if you are feeling uneasy and she will feed off that.

Get her out and about to different parks and places too might help get her used to not always being at home. Also take into kindy things that she likes at home eg: a blanket to sleep with that smells like home or a favourite toy for bed or play-- that always helps!

At the end of the day, it is all about you both getting used to the new situation, so in time everything will become easier :)

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