Starting nursery for the first time is a moment feared by parents. Worrying about who will look after your baby when you have to work is a much more common concern than you think. Nursery is the best solution but what do you need to consider before leaving your child in one? Bear in mind that your little one should go through an adaptation process at nursery and you can help make things simpler. How? Follow our advice!
Starting nursery: the advice that will facilitate the adaptation process!
When a baby starts nursery, it’s essential that they undertake an adaptation process away from their mother. Little by little, they will understand that it’s alright because mummy always comes back. But how can this be achieved? Here are the keys to it!
Prepare at home
What do we mean by this? When you are relaxed at home, leave you baby for short periods with another person, such as their aunt or your best friend, provided that it’s someone who isn’t constantly in their close environment.
Little by little, your child will understand that leave the room and leave them with another person but, in the end, you always return. We recommend you start as soon as possible given that it’s helpful if they’re as prepared as can be for the first day of nursery. That way, there won’t be any problems!
DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE SOMETHING THEY TAKE EVERYWHERE? TAKE IT WITH THEM ON THEIR FIRST DAY!
A soft toy, doll, blanket… Any object your baby likes will work. Why? Because if they take it with them during their first days at nursery it will be something familiar to them. This sensation will afford them greater security and help them adapt to the change.
Do you already know which item your child never loses sight of? That’s the one they’ll need!
BE POSITIVE AND HAPPY ABOUT THEIR NEW ADVENTURE
Your baby has been with you for some time, for which reason they know almost instantly how you feel. If you’re nervous, impatient or sad, they’ll notice and you’ll project that feeling onto them. However, if you’re happy and excited, they’ll feel the same. This is key!
Go to nursery together, walk around the facilities, and show them how fun it is to be there and how happy it makes you. On the day you need to leave them, do so quickly, even if they start crying. We assure you, they’ll soon stop.
ACCUSTOM YOUR BABY TO THEIR NEW ROUTINE
A few days before starting nursery, it’s worth getting your baby used to their new routine. Get up, wake them up, have breakfast and take a walk to nursery.
To make sure you’re on time, we recommend you prepare everything you need for nursery the night before. This includes clothing, nappies, a bag in case your child’s clothes get dirty and they need changed, a bib… Everything they need every day!
There are also lots of benefits to nursery!
In addition to the aspects you must consider to ensure your baby adapts to this new stage at nursery, it will also offer them many benefits. Here are just a few!
IT ENCOURAGES SOCIALISING WITH OTHER CHILDREN
Communication with people outside a child’s comfort zone is usually a source of concern for parents. Kids are often shy during the first years they leave home without their parents. For this reason, forcing early socialising will help prepare them as they grow.
At nursery they will do activities to introduce this dynamic, such as singing and dancing together. Your baby will have a great time and will learn to work in a team.
THEY LEARN TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS
Yes, this is closely linked to the previous point. However, on this occasion, in addition to interacting with other people, we also mean learning to respect others’ opinions. At nursery and at home, your child will learn to socialise correctly and understand that there are people who have different opinions. This is sure to be a slow process though, especially when they are very young.
IT ACCELERATES COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Nursery aids the development of a baby’s intellectual abilities. Children mainly learn via the senses and activity. Nursery is one of the places where this learning method is most commonly applied.
In addition, activities that will allow them to create, invent, innovate and generate alternative ideas to specific situations will benefit their cognitive development.
Tell us about your child’s first day at nursery!
If your child has already started this new stage, let us know how it went! And if you have a child who is slightly older and has already gone through it all, tell us what worked best for them during the adaptation period. We love to hear your ideas!