Dropping off Baby at Daycare – First Day

After much consideration and looking into all avenues of options, Matt and I have decided to try out one of our local daycare centers.  The location is close to my Las Vegas pediatric dentist office and everybody seemed very pleasant and professional during our tour.  One of my patients and her sister have been going there for some time and their mom speaks highly of the facility.

We went to Target and BabyRUs this past weekend to get all the supplies needed for daycare.  The list included: 3 changes of clothing, warm weather clothing, 5 porta-crib sheets, 2 receiving blankets, wipes, diapers, and premade bottled for daily feeding.

Even though I have been preparing myself for this day in the past week, it was still emotionally difficult to hand baby off to a stranger this morning.  She was so happy and smiley when we got there I just turned around real quick and left before she could figure out what’s going on.

I think the biggest challenge for her will be taking a good nap.  At home we have been allowing her to sleep on her tummy.  I know this is an absolute no-no according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Weber, our pediatrician, would probably give us a serious lecture if she finds out.  Honestly though it was the only way that she would go to sleep without nursing.  I do feel guilty that even though Matt and I are both health professionals, we’re clearly violating the recommendations of AAP.

When we brought up our concern with the daycare last week they assured us that most babies will sleep fine on their backs as long as they’re swaddled comfortably.  I personally don’t think it’s as easily as that but we shall wait to see the results when I go pick her up later.


Happy Baby with her Daddy