Packing For Daycare

Packing For DaycareWith Mommy and I planning to go skiing on Saturday, we had to get Arya ready for her first day of daycare.

Packing for daycare was made even more difficult because we had to pack before we left the house on our trip.

Mommy took charge of the daycare packing list so as to be sure not to forget anything.

We collected a comprehensive packing list for daycare and whittled it down to everything Arya actually uses. Our packing list also had to include everything Arya could possibly need for both inside the facility and for outside in the snow:

Diapers – One for every two hours plus two extras (cloth if preferred)
Wipes – At least half a pack for a full day
Ointment for Diaper Rash – One small tube
Empty Plastic Bags – Supermarket grocery bags for disposal of dirty diapers

Extra Long Sleeve White Onesie – For use as an undershirt when going outside and by itself indoors
Extra Pair of Tight-fitting Pants – For use as a bottom layer when going outside and by itself indoors
Extra Pair of Socks – In case the first pair got lost or dirty
Extra Mittens – In case the first pair got lost or dirty
Extra Hat – In case the first one got lost or dirty
Extra Bib – In case the first one got lost or dirty

Bottles With Dry Formula – Eight bottles filled with dry formula and secured with a solid cap
Bottles With Liquid Formula – One bottle filled with liquid formula and secured with a nipple and cover
Baby Snacks – A cup of Cheerios and a handful of fruit snacks
Baby Food – We didn’t include it since the daycare provided lunch
Baby Bowl – We didn’t include it since the daycare provided lunch
Baby Spoon – We didn’t include it since the daycare provided lunch

Medicine – A small vial of Infant Tylenol with dosage instructions
Pacifier – Arya doesn’t use one
Favorite Blanket / Toy – Arya doesn’t have one

In addition to packing all of the items for daycare, we needed to label them to make sure that Arya’s belongings didn’t get mixed up with those of other babies. Mommy used a black Sharpie to write directly on most of the items. For small objects we used labeled ziplock bags.

Once all of the items on the daycare list were ready we relied on lots of gallon-size ziplock bags to keep everything organized. Surprisingly everything fit into our large diaper bag and one additional canvas bag.

Since we were driving to the ski resort we didn’t have to worry about flying with so much luggage. We were also able to keep the items for daycare separated from the baby items for use during the car ride and for the time before dropping Arya off at the daycare center. Being able to fully pack all of baby’s items for daycare the day before was a big help and saved us considerable time the morning we dropped her off at the daycare center.

Packing for our one day of daycare is obviously far easier than the normal routine for some parents. Nonetheless, both Mommy and I were still relieved when we finally got everything organized and ready to go in the car. If and when we send our kids to daycare more often in the future we will need two sets of everything to enable us to keep the daycare baby stuff separated from the home baby stuff.