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What to Bring to Daycare

Starting daycare is an exciting but hectic time, but a little preparation goes a long way. Check out our top packing tips to make sure this big step in your kid’s life (and your life) goes as smoothly as possible.

What To Pack for Daycare

You won’t be there to hunt down sweaters and mittens, so pack a bag to leave at the daycare with everything your kid might need as well as one bag that will come home every day.

Depending on the weather, include a set of rainwear and rubber boots for rainy days, and don’t forget important seasonal items, such as a hat, gloves or mittens, and sunglasses. It’s always a good idea to pack a full change of clothes too, just in case. When dressing for the day, layers are the best way to keep your kid comfortable both indoors and out. Choose a breathable base layer, warm mid-layer, and comfortable, protective outer layer.

Daycare Packing Checklist

  • Raincoat

  • Rain pants

  • Rubber boots

  • Hat

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunblock

  • Water or milk bottle

  • Long-sleeved fleece

  • Weatherproof outerwear

  • A full change of clothes including pants, tops, socks, and underwear

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Large plastic bag for returning damp clothing

  • Comfort object

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Pacifier

  • Bib

Other Daycare Packing Tips

While every child and situation is different, these are some of the best tips used by parents.

Bring a Comfort Item

Especially younger kids might sometimes feel a little homesick, particularly at nap times when they’re used to cuddling up to Mom or Dad. You can help your kid feel more at ease by letting him or her choose a soothing comfort object to take along, such as a favorite toy or security blanket. A small album of family photos often helps bring a smile back to your kid’s face, too.

Pack Only What You Need

Remember that space is limited at daycares, so only pack what’s truly needed. Check with your daycare to find out which essential items you should bring. This should include food or any other necessary items.

Label Everything

Label everything—and we mean everything. Everything that goes with your kid to daycare should be labeled with your kid’s name, including clothing. This will not only keep special items from getting lost, but will also help daycare employees keep track of which items belong to which kid.

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