As a parent, sending your child to daycare for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. There's a lot to remember and prepare for, and it's easy to feel like you're forgetting something important. To help you navigate this new chapter, we've compiled a comprehensive packing list for your child's daycare needs, featuring some fantastic products that can make your life easier.
1. Labels 🏷️
The first item on the list is perhaps the most practical: labels. With multiple children in daycare, it's easy for items to get mixed up or lost. We recommend using durable, pre-printed labels like Mabel’s Labels. They're designed to withstand hundreds of washings without fading, ensuring your child's belongings stay identifiable. For children with food allergies, allergy labels are also available, providing a clear alert to caregivers and helping prevent any allergic reactions.
2. Outdoor Gear for All Seasons 🌦️🚶
Daycare activities often include outdoor playtime, and we understand that weather can be unpredictable. It's crucial to ensure your child is prepared for all seasons and weather conditions with the right gear:
Rainy Days ☔
Rain Suits: Durable (thank you rip-stop nylon & reinforced knees & bottom!), waterproof, and breathable rain suits with hoods to keep your child dry during those unexpected rain showers.
Rain Boots: Non-slip soles, wide opening for easy-on, and waterproof materials for safe and comfortable puddle-jumping adventures.
Snowy Days ❄️
Snow Suits: Insulated, windproof snow suits to keep your child cozy and warm during snowy playtimes. Select a snow suit with well-designed features such as: elastics at the ankle cuff to keep the suit in place, neck closure to keep warmth in, and multiple zippers for easy-on or easy-off (hello diaper changes!).
Snow Boots: Insulated, lightweight, but sturdy snow boots with adjustable toggles and closures for a secure fit.
Snow Mitts: Keep those tiny hands warm and happy with fluffy snow mitts. No more chilly fingers – just warm, snug fun in the snow! Choose styles that have adjustable toggles to keep mitts in place and long, over-the-arm coverage to keep snow & cold out.
Cold Weather Days 🌬️
Fleece Hats: Our fleece hats offer unmatched warmth with soft anti-pill fleece on the outside and plush fleece lining inside. They keep your child snug even in the coldest winters, providing full ear coverage for added protection.
Fleece Mitts: Cozy, functional mittens to keep little fingers warm in chilly weather.
Stonz Cruisers: Versatile indoor and outdoor shoes that promote independence as kids can put them on themselves with an adjustable closure to keep them securely in place.
Stonz Sun Suits: Perfect for sunny days, protecting your child's delicate skin during water play or outdoor adventures.
Stonz Sunglasses: Ensure your child's eyes are shielded from harmful UV rays during sunny day escapades.
3. Bottles & Liquids 🍼💧
Proper hydration and nutrition are vital for your child's wellbeing. Depending on the age and needs of your child, pack enough baby bottles filled with breast milk or formula, or a leak-proof water bottle for older kids. Most daycare centers have refrigeration facilities, so you can trust these liquids will stay fresh and safe for consumption.
4. Lunch Bag & Bibs 🥪🧺
Equip your child for solid foods with an insulated lunch bag to keep meals fresh on-the-go. Paired with easy-to-clean bibs, this combo makes feeding time a breeze, no matter the mess. Enjoy fuss-free meals!
5. Diapers & Wipes 🚼🧴
Diapering needs are also a significant consideration. Pack enough diapers to last the week, plus a few extra ones in case of emergencies. Use a permanent marker to label them, ensuring your child's diapers aren't mixed up with another child's. Don't forget the wipes and diaper cream if your child is prone to rashes. A Diaper Bag Pack from Stonz is perfect for organizing all of these essentials in one place, with the wide zippered opening, and pockets and compartments, everything is easily accessible when needed.
6. Spare Clothes & Shoes👕👟
Even with the best-laid plans, accidents can happen. That's why it's essential to pack at least two spare outfits and shoes. Regularly check and update these clothes every few months for size and seasonality. And don't forget to pack extra socks and Stonz Baby Shoes! They are perfect for indoor use and can also serve as a spare pair in case your child's primary shoes get dirty or wet.
7. Medication 💊
If your child is on any medication, bring a new bottle in its original packaging. Daycare centers have very specific requirements for medication storage and dispensation, in line with licensing standards and child safety. Adhere to these rules to ensure your child's medication is readily available when needed.
8. Sunscreen & a Hat ☀️🧢
Protect your child's delicate skin during outdoor playtime with baby-friendly sunscreen. Even on cloudy days, UV rays can be harmful. Along with sunscreen, pack a Stonz Sun Hat and Stonz Sun Suit for your child for extra coverage. It's comfortable, adjustable, and provides ample shade for those sunny outdoor playtimes.
9. A Family Photo 🖼️
A small touch of home can provide a big comfort to your child. Many daycare centers encourage parents to provide a family photo to help children feel more secure. Check with your child's daycare to see if they have specific requirements for the type of photo they prefer.
10. Comfort Item 🧸🩱
Finally, consider including a favorite comfort item - it could be a cherished stuffed animal, a beloved blanket, or a preferred toy. Familiar items from home can make new environments feel less daunting and provide reassurance during nap times or moments of uncertainty.