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How to Help an Infant Adjust to Daycare

author image Rose Erickson
Rose Erickson has been a professional writer since 2010. She specializes in fitness, parenting, beauty, health, nutrition and saving money, and writes for several online publications including The Krazy Coupon Lady. She is also a novelist and a mother of three.
How to Help an Infant Adjust to Daycare
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The Babycenter website states that approximately 30 percent of children younger than five years old attend daycare. It can be a reliable, affordable option for parents returning to work after having a baby. Unfortunately, the transition can be difficult for some babies. Even at a young age, your infant is extremely sensitive and emotionally intelligent. When you introduce him to daycare, the security and comfort he felt at home with you is compromised. Luckily, there are many ways to help your baby adjust to his new surroundings.

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Step 1

Visit the daycare with your baby several times before the first day you leave her in their care. Let your baby interact with her caregiver and other children. The Family Education website explains that this can help make baby more comfortable and ease the transition.

Step 2

Put your baby on a consistent sleep schedule before starting daycare. Regular sleep times will give him a sense of security as he transitions to daycare.

Step 3

Help your baby to adjust to his new surroundings. The Scholastic website suggests leaving a T-shirt or handkerchief with your smell on it. This will help settle baby at naptime.

Step 4

Cuddle baby as much as possible when you are home from work. Allow her time to just be with you, enjoying the parent who was missed so much during the day.

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