Whether you're returning to work or simply needing support, you may begin seeking childcare at this point. This may feel like one of the scariest decisions you face as a parent. Give yourself plenty of time to research your options, interview candidates, check references and slowly transition Baby (and yourself). Remember you are not alone. (Start your search with this handy childcare checklist.
The Back-to-Work Transition
Clear communication with your childcare provider is very important. You are the expert when it comes to your baby. Maintaining a predictable schedule is especially important for a baby in childcare. When Baby knows what happens next, she feels secure and safe. This security gives her the confidence to explore her world.
Write down what you know about your baby's schedule, including sleeping and feeding patterns. Explain these predictable parts of the baby's day so that the sitter or nanny can continue the routine. Some questions to ask yourself:
- Does Baby like a certain lullaby before sleep?
- Does she only drink breast milk or a particular formula?
- Does she like to be held a certain way?
- Does she need to be burped right after she eats?