Kid starting daycare
August 6, 2014 3:09 AM Subscribe
Should we start daycare along with everybody else or wait for other kids to finish their transition period first, just because we can?
posted by gakiko to Human Relations (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our kid is 16 months old and will be starting daycare in September. Our grandparents have been the main babysitters so far. There will be a group of 5 to 10 kids starting with him and a couple of daycare "pros", kids who started going to daycare at some point in the previous 6 months. This daycare offers a "summer vacation" option, which means you can take the kid out of daycare for up to one month from June to October and you only pay a nominal fee for them to hold your kid's place in the group. Considering we have free babysitter services, should we take advantage of this option and start daycare in October (instead of September) when everybody else has already adjusted?
I'm thinking that it would be easier on kiddo to not be among a dozen crying toddlers who are leaving their mommies for the first time. But maybe he'd do better if he goes through the same thing along with the rest of the group?
Also, I'm an introvert and would like to have good relationship with the rest of the parents, so I'm a little worried I'll miss those first contacts. But it's not like I'll be there to make those connections, because his grandma will be taking him to daycare and spending time with him there while he gradually adjusts. (I can't take much time off work for this, besides we've been told it's better if it's someone he's not as attached to.)
So what would you suggest? Do as everyone else does (= start daycare on the first "official" day) or be a special snowflake (= wait for another month)?
Bonus question: Do we do nap training now or leave that to the daycare? He falls asleep easily, but is used to being carried (while walking) to fall asleep - but just for naps and it takes 2 - 3 minutes tops. In the evening, we put him in his crib, say goodnight and that's it, so he definitely knows how to fall asleep by himself. I can devote a week or two to nap training, but I'm not sure if it's necessary. Will it be easier for him if we do nap training before he starts daycare?