Here's a list of things we are told the little ones need:
- Diapers, wipes, diaper cream
- Clean bottles for each feeding
- Two changes of clothes
Here are thing things I'm thinking about or think I need to ask the daycare provider:
- At night Scott sleeps in a fleece sack thing, should we bring that rather than a blanket? He doesn't nap in one (just regular clothes downstairs where it's warmer), but that's his usual "sleep" outfit. If we do bring a blanket, should we do something to make it smell like home? If so, what? Let him sleep on top of it for a few nights? Have Daniel and I sleep with it so it smells like us?
- The center is fine with cloth diapers. Should we bring our own trash can/ wet bag to transport the diapers back and forth?
- Bottles/milk. This is one I'm having a hard time with. Right now when Scott takes a bottle, he's been eating about 3 - 4oz. I've pumped several 2.5oz bottles and several 5oz bottles that are hanging out in the freezer. I can divide some into 4oz bottles, but I'm concerned about waste. I hate to think about 1oz getting chucked if he only wants 3oz at a feeding or - even worse - 3.5 oz getting chucked if he wants just slightly more than one bottle. I'm going to ask at the orientation, but does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with this?
- The center gives out sheets to parents so parents can let the daycare provider know how sleep/eating was over night - should we take home a bunch of those so we can fill them out in the am before we leave?
- What's the best way to minimize the trauma (to me more than him, I'm guessing) of leaving him for the day? I'm sure just getting away quickly, especially if he's crying, but does anyone have any suggestions for ways to make it easier/better at first?
Can you think of other things I should think about or ask?????
Really the only thing I'm concerned about with work is pumping. Fortunately I have my own office where I can close the door to have privacy, and I'm borrowing a mini-fridge so I can store the milk without worrying about anyone trying to use the "plastic baggy of funny-tasting coffee creamer". I'm planning to bring those little plastic storage bags for pumping rather than transporting bottles and bringing some sterilizing wipes/bags to make clean up easier. I've seen it suggested that it's a good idea to buy extra pump parts to leave at work so there's one less thing to remember. It looks like it's about $30 to buy the two suction parts and another $10 to buy the tubing (I probably don't need to bring tubing because I don't clean it like I do the other parts that actually come into contact with the milk) so that is probably a good investment...
Anything else that I should think about with pumping/ other work related issues??? Thanks in advance!