The 1 Thing You Must Do When Starting Daycare

first day of daycare tips

When I’m asked “my child is starting daycare, what should I do?” the one piece of advice I give is make bedtime earlier for the first few weeks. You have to understand that when we go through major transitions we could all use some extra sleep. When our little ones are getting adjusted to a new sleep environment, possibly a new routine and schedule, they could be getting less sleep then usual. Not to mention the added excitement or stress of something new.

I always like to bring it back to you, the parent. How do you feel when going through a major transition like going back to work after maternity leave? You’ll probably be heading off to bed a bit earlier while getting adjusted so let’s do the same for the children.

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Making bedtime 30 minutes earlier for a few weeks will help you and your little one transition seamlessly until that much need sleep and routine are well adjusted.

**Bedtimes should be shifted earlier during any major transition like dropping naps or the first day of school (preschool and up.)

Alanna McGinn
Alanna McGinn
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Expert of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is host of the ‘This Girl Loves Sleep’ Podcast and author of ‘This Baby Loves Sleep’. Alanna has established the world-wide brand of Good Night Sleep Site as being a #1 sleep resource for families and her and her team of sleep consultants strive in helping families (baby to adults) and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and how to work with a Good Night Sleep Consultant at www.goodnightsleepsite.com and follow Alanna and all her sleep tips on Instagram - @GNSleepSite.

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