Some babies transition into childcare easily while others take longer. Sometimes it is harder for parents to adjust than their children. It's hard to leave your baby, but try to remember that she can feel your stress.
Goodbyes are very important, but try to keep them simple. Explain to Baby that you are leaving, that the provider will care for her, and that you will come back (unless Daddy or someone else is picking her up). Even if your baby is playing, make sure to say goodbye. She may seem upset when you leave, but she will probably recover quickly.
At this age, babies start to recognize people and special objects. Some babies have a specific blanket or toy they regard as a lovey. If so, bring your child's lovey to childcare for her to hold when she needs comforting. You can also leave a photograph of your family for Baby to hold.
Childcare that provides responsive and loving care offers Baby an opportunity to explore and make new relationships with adults and other children. It can be an enriching and enjoyable experience. Although Baby is making new relationships, her relationship with you can never be replaced.
More Development Help
As you're considering your child's development, keep in mind that all babies are unique. Whether your baby reaches milestones early or late, she has her own developmental path to follow. The dividing lines between these months are very fuzzy. If you have any concerns or questions about your baby's development, please check with her healthcare provider.
- Use our Development Tracker to check off Baby's 0-3 month milestones.
- Stay organized with our new-parent To-Do List.
- What's the most common medical concern for babies this age? Check it out!
Now...Let's Take a Closer Look at Each Week
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- Week 10: The Mystery of Colic
- Week 11: Raising a Bilingual Child
- Week 12: Correlating Dads and Diapers
- Week 13: The Myth of Spoiling Baby