Starting Your Baby on Daycare

Starting your precious little bundle of joy on daycare can take quite an emotional toll on the new mom and it can be a challenge to especially get ready in the mornings!  However, that is a task to be overcome in the wide arena of child-rearing.  Careful planning can help you ease this burden and enjoy your last few minutes with your baby before dropping him at the day-care!  Here is how;

Daycare Packing Lists

Pack A Daily Bag With The Following Essential Items Every Day For Your Baby;

  • Diapers and diaper cream
  • Wipes
  • Pacifier
  • Baby’s favourite toy
  • Bibs
  • Bottles, cups, and food (if necessary)
  • Extra set of clothing

Have Another Bag With The Following Weekly Essentials That Can Be Left At The Day-Care And Replenished Regularly By You;

  • Diapers/nappies (a week’s supply)
  • Wipes (large container)
  • Spare pacifier
  • Bedding
  • Extra clothing and bibs
  • Medications (if permitted)
  • Sunscreen and sun hat


At the beginning of every week, send a labelled pack of diapers to keep in a weekly nappy bag backpack australia.  Also, send a few in your daily bag according to your baby’s need for diapers. 


Keep a full packet/container of wipes in your weekly bag, and refill when necessary.  Send a few more every day in your daily bag, as you do for diapers.

Diaper Rash Cream Or Ointment

Send your preference of diaper rash cream or ointment in the daily day-care bag. 


Pacifiers are easily misplaced.  Pack extra, if your baby loves pacifiers.  However, wait until your baby is 3 – 4 years old before starting on pacifiers.  Pack an additional one in your weekly diaper bag too.  Studies show that sucking on a pacifier at nap/bedtime might help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Crib Bedding

Some day-care centres will require sheets and blankets from you for your baby.  Pack these in the weekly bag, with adequate extra in expectation of possible soiling.

Baby’s Favourite Cuddly Toy

Pack baby’s favourite cuddly toy or stuffed animal in the daily bag.  It might prove very useful when your baby is restless or fussy.  However, check the day-care centre’s policy on this matter, prior to bringing in stuffed toys.

Extra Clothing

Pack two complete sets of extra clothing in your weekly bag.  After all, your baby is there to have fun and enjoy the day!


Add 4 – 5 bibs of small and large sizes in the daily bag and a few more in the weekly bag.  Send small ones for drooling and big ones for mealtimes as well as burp cloths for younger babies.


Put together a medicine kit for your baby that includes a thermometer, pain reliever, fever reducer, gas drops and a topical teething ointment as well as a dropper in the daily bag.

Notes To Consider When Packing For Your Baby’s Day-Care Needs;

Keep a notepad and pen handy in the outside pocket of your daily diaper bag and start a checklist for supplies that need to be replenished.  You can do this alternatively on your phone too.  Review this list each evening when you pack for the next day.

If you are sending cloth nappies, send also a sealable bag or container for the soiled nappies to be sent back.

Also send re-sealable plastic bags for dirty clothes and bibs to be sent back.

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