Childcare in the infant room vs the toddler room is a kind of a big deal.
The infant room provides a little more security in that all the other baby’s are just that…’baby’s’. There isn’t “that kid” running around, pushing, biting, and hitting. Typically, there are more adults in the infant room than the toddler room so you feel like your baby may get the attention he needs or WANTS.
I stretched my kids time in the infant room as long as I possibly could. Luckily for us, my kids were late walkers so they got to stay in the infant room for extra long.
When my kids finally transitioned to the toddler room I had anxiety and fear. It made me nervous to have my ‘baby’ with the ‘big kids’.
Tips for the BIG transition:
-When opportunities allowed, I took my kids to the new BIG KID room during non-busy hours. For example: At the gym, I take my kids to the childcare center at lunch time. The morning rush hour is over and there are never more than 5 other kids in the center.
-At church, we went to the later service that was less crowded until the kids were more acclimated to the new classroom and were a little more stable on their feet before taking them to the busier service.
-At the childcare center, ask if your child can start slow. Maybe do an hour a day for a few days, then a half a day for several days before attending the toddler room full time.
Do you have any other tips or suggestions on how to ease into putting your baby into the toddler room?