What to pack for daycare

When you register your child for daycare, they will give you a list of items to send with your child.

However, I see this question asked so many times, I thought it might be worth writing a short blog post on it.

Here are things to send with your child to daycare:

  • Diapers, wipes and diaper cream
  • Extra underwear (2-3), if your child is potty trained
  • 2-3 sets of extra clothes including socks
  • Indoor shoes
  • Sleep Sack (recommended for child under 1 yr), or a blanket for older children
  • A lovey, if your child uses one
  • A pacifier or soother, if your child uses one
  • In Summer:
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    Sun Hat
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    Sunscreen
  • In Winter:
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    Snow Suit
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    Winter Hat
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    Thick waterproof mittens/gloves (x2) + mitten clips
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    Neck Warmer (most daycares will not allow scarves)
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    Snow Boots
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    Face protective cream, if your child is prone to sensitive skin in the outdoors during winters (Note that some daycares will only accept bottles with an expiry date on it)
  • In Spring/Fall
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    Light Jacket
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    Rain Boots
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    Knit Hat
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    Knit Mittens (x2) + mitten clips
  • Especially for Infant Room:
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    Formula or Breastmilk Bottles
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    Homo (3.25%) milk if your child is not on formula or breastmilk anymore. This varies by centers but some centers may ask you to bring homo-milk because they only offer 2% milk.
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    Lunch and snacks if your child is not yet eating daycare food
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    A communication sheet with feedings and nap times
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    Bottle Warmer (Check with daycare how they heat bottles. Always use bottle warmer or hot water for heating)
  • Sippy cup (Requirement varies by center)
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    Bottle of Tylenol along with directions from physician on dosage (Requirement varies by center). This is in case your child gets a fever, the center can then administer a dose right away if they have your permission, while they wait for your to pick up.

*Ensure all items sent have labels with their names on.

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