Taking your little one to child care can be a difficult decision and an emotional experience. Here are a few ways to ease the transition from being at home together to being apart for the first time.

taking baby child care first time for parents

Know that you have a choice

  • Visit the centers or home care establishments you are interested in to get a feel for the environment, the staff, the procedures, and their standards
  • Ask about what they do for babies transitioning into their care
  • Take your baby with you when you visit so they can begin to feel comfortable in a new environment
  • Make a decision based on what you feel is best for your family


Pack your baby’s bag the night before to avoid the anxiety of being in a hurry

  • Be sure to include something that will give your baby a sense of security, like a favorite stuffed animal, toy, or blanket


Start a relationship with your care provider and communicate openly

  • Your care provider can tell you a lot about your baby’s behavior and development
  • You can tell your care provider important information about your baby
  • When you work together, your baby will receive the attention and care they need