How do you prepare yourself and your child for daycare?
I have to take my baby to daycare at 10 months old. He is 4 months now. I am fortunate I have been able to stay with him until he's a bit older.
I feel it will be the hardest for me. How do you deal with letting someone else care for your baby? Some mothers may not mind, but it will be very hard for me. But, I have to finish school. I also would like him to have the social aspect.
I don't want my baby having any junk food. How do I manage that? Will the daycare work with me. I make all of his baby food and he is on breastmilk and the WAP homemade raw milk formula. That is probably what I am most nervous about; the junk food. I want to be able to make his food on Sunday's and send it with him every day.
Also I want him to have imagination promoting toys like blocks and things and I know daycares often avoid that because of the clean-up.
I guess I am most nervous to give someone else "the wheel" on caring for my baby.
Also, how do I choose a daycare, what are some things I should look for that maybe I have not thought of.
I would like to make the transition easier on him so that he isn't one of the babies that screams bloody murder when I leave. Should I start taking him a couple of times a month now? If not now, when would you recommend? Will the daycare let me stay there a few days and play with him so that he is more comfortable with the people and surroundings?
Thanks for the advice!