Child care (2)

Whether you need full-time or part-time child care for your child or you’re just looking for a few hours away, most parents find that they will need to find child care at some point. If you need child care, it’s good to start your search early, so that you can find a good fit.

Some toddlers have a hard time adjusting to child care. These tips may help make the transition easier:

• Give yourself extra time to stay with your child and the caregiver on the first day to help make the transition.
• Let your toddler bring a comfort item like a blanket or stuffed animal (if the child care is outside of the home).
• Take time to say “good-bye” before you leave. Tell your toddler when you’ll be back. Don’t just disappear when they’re distracted because that will almost always make things harder the next time.
• If possible, practice going to the daycare or babysitter’s to play for a short time before starting the child care.
• Talk about the child care before it happens. Let your toddler know what to expect. Use the caregivers names often.
Learn more about separation anxiety.

There are things you can do to help prevent your child from getting sick if they’re in a group child care program. You can also check out Sneezes and Disease, VCH’s online resource for preventing and treating common illness in toddlers.