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Getting your child settled

Some babies have no problems staying with a babysitter or going to daycare. They happily wave to their parents and are soon playing and content. Other babies have a much harder time. Separation anxiety is a common challenge. When your baby seems inconsolably sad or angry as you are leaving them, it can be very distressing for both of you. However, it's important for your baby's development to learn to be without you.

Making Separation Easier

Here are things you can do to make the separation easier for everyone.

  • Play games to show that things that go away come back again, like peek-a-boo.

  • Read stories where a child or animal is away from their parents and has a good experience.

  • Visit a new daycare or babysitter for a fun visit before your child has their first stay there.

  • Don't add new things to your routine, such as a new playgroup, until your baby has adjusted to their childcare routine.

  • When leaving your baby, act calm and relaxed.

  • Always take time to say "good-bye"; sneaking away while your baby isn't looking will almost always make the situation worse next time.

  • Give yourself lots of time with the new caregiver to transition before you have to leave. 

Tips to Prevent Illness in Child Care

With so many children together at a child care centre, it's easy to pass germs back and forth. The good news is your child is building immunity. However, here are some tips to help your child stay healthy:

  • Handwashing is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Practice washing hands with your child to make it a fun part of their routine. They should be washing their hands for at least 10 seconds with warm and soapy water.

  • Keep your child's immunizations up to date.

  • Help keep your child healthy by giving them nutritious food to eat, encouraging physical activity and setting them up to sleep as well as possible

  • Remind your child to cover their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze and then wash their hands.

Staying Healthy Resources

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