Choosing the right child care provider is a big part of parenthood. You’ll be nervous, of course, that first day you drop your child off, but the feeling of anxiety will fade. It’s important that you find a provider that makes you comfortable and aligns with your values. Here are some tips on finding the right person.
1. Make sure it fits your standards.
Even if all of your friends recommended this place, you need to go and see it for yourself. Stop by and see what toys the kids are planning with, and if they are clean and safe. Ask what their policies on lunch, naps and TVs time are. If it isn’t what you were wanting for your child, now you know. You have to follow your own standards and listen to your gut on what is best for your child and your family.
2. Ask about communication.
If your child cannot talk yet this is extremely important. You want to make sure that whatever childcare provider you choose is going to be communicating with you how their day went. Find out if the caregiver normally relays what happened during the day to parents, or if they give updates. Based on their answer you can decide if that is sufficient enough for your child.
3. Watch interactions.
Whenever you are looking at a child care facility, watch how the staff interacts with the kids. Are they playing with the kids? Do they interact and speak with them? Or are they just watching them. It is important that the child care provider you choose interacts with the children and plays with them. You should want more than a set of eyes watching your child all day, so make sure that you watch to see how each center interacts.
4. Find someone who is committed.
Finding someone who is committed is especially important if you are bringing someone into your home to watch your child. You want someone to be committed to taking care of your child, so see if they are willing to sign a contract for a few months. This way you know they are committed to your child, and you don’t have to worry about the little one having too many changes if the child care provider you hired decides to leave.
Guest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
For more information, visit www.woombie.com.
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