A Day in the Life of an Infant at Day Care

Written by: Kids Work

Truth:Taking your infant to day care for the very first time is going to be way harder on you than it is on them, but it is still a big family transition.

More Truth: While you are toiling away in the working world, your baby is going to be living the life, playing with new fun toys, painting beautiful works of art, and listening to her friends and teachers sing songs.

Don’t believe it? Let’s do a little comparison of your average working day versus your baby’s time spent at Kids’ Work or Kids’ Work Too and she who gets the better deal!

A Typical Day:

  • 8:00 am: Mom brings baby to her new classroom! The teachers are so excited to see her and give her lots of hugs. Mom says goodbye and head off to work.
  • 8:30 am:Mom is stuck in terrible rush hour traffic on the expressway while heading to work. No fun! Baby has been playing and doing tummy time and now is getting sleepy. Time for a clean diaper and a nap!
  • 10:00 am:Mom gets ready for a big meeting. She needs a nice big cup of coffee because baby kept her up last night! Meanwhile, baby is awake from her nap and she is hungry. She gulps down a nice warm bottle while her teacher sings songs and rock her as she eats.
  • 12:30 pm:Mom runs out to grab a quick bite to eat. She enjoys the sunshine for a brief minute before heading back to his desk for a busy afternoon. Baby is out on a walk with her class. She sees ducks and squirrels at the nearby park. She enjoys the sunshine (with her sun hat on, of course!) and fresh air with her fellow baby friends for thirty minutes or so.
  • 2:00 pm:Mom reads emails and answers the phone all afternoon. She wishes she was with her baby. Maternity leave was way more fun than work! She calls the school to check in on baby and hears that she is having a great day. Baby is out in the Gross Motor Room with her friends. They’re all climbing and rolling and working on their tummy time while fun music plays and their teachers dance around with them.
  • 4:30 pm:Mom is heading for the train, she passes a street musician playing lively music and thinks about how much her little one loves to dance! Meanwhile, baby is at music class. One of her teachers holds her close and helps her clap her hands and shake her instruments while the teachers sing along. Baby is loving life!
  • 5:30 pm:Mom is back to pick up baby! They missed each other so much, but everyone had a great day. The teachers say “see you tomorrow” and give baby hugs goodbye.

Baby seems to be the clear winner in this one!  Who wouldn’t love this fun-filled schedule?

All joking aside, building a good rapport between parents and care providers is essential to your feeling of confidence when you leave your baby. Even though your child is having a ball during his or her time with us, we certainly understand that this is a difficult transition.

At Kids’ Work, we do everything we can to make your transition smoother. Parents should always feel welcome to call and check in or stop by for a visit or to nurse if you work close by.  If you are wondering how naptime went or thinking about whether your baby had a chance to get outside for a walk, reach out to us! We love to tell our parents about all of the fun that our babies are having each and every day. 

Written by Sarah Cudnick.  She is the mother of two and owner of Kids' Work and Kids' Work Too in Chicago. She grew up attending her mother’s in-home daycare and saw first-hand how a loving caregiver who allowed for open exploration, interactive experiences and individual expression can have an extremely positive impact on children. 

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM