My son is going to be starting daycare soon (he'll be 18 months old) and I'm starting to freak out that the transition might be really hard on him. I have to go back to work - I've already been home for way longer than I planned. I found a place that seems really nice and although I don't believe anyone can care for him like I can, this place seems like a great second to mom. He's only going in the mornings, and I plan to still pick him up after his nap so we can have time together (the husband and I are working together to make this possible). He seemed to like the place during our visits, but I know I'm currently the center of his world (like I should be) and I have heard that separation anxiety peaks at around 18 months. I'm just worried.
Has anyone started their kids in daycare/preschool around 18 months? What was the transition period like? How long did it take? I know people say it's "hard" but what does that mean? Is there anything you wish you did before starting your kid there? I know to just say goodbye and leave because lingering just makes things worse. I'll probably call to check in during the day until he's used to things. I just want to know what to expect and what can I do to make this easier on him.
And no bashing!! If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
Thanks for the help!!!
Answer by TitusMom7 at 1:53 AM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by Bellarose0212 at 5:14 AM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by MrsPilat at 3:23 PM on Jan. 2, 2011