Most parents who take their toddlers to a daycare center have to deal with their child's cries that leave them heartbroken. As a parent, it is important to understand that toddlers tend to feel comfortable around the people they see every day, like their parents and siblings. So, they won't feel completely safe in the presence of a new caregiver until they get used to them. Moreover, your child does not understand that you will come back for them when you leave at first, and they can exhibit some form of separation anxiety.
The good news is that there are ways to prevent this separation anxiety to ensure you and your child have an easy time when they join a daycare center. Here are a few things you can do.
1. Warm Them up to the Idea of Staying in a Daycare
Before enrolling your child in a daycare, one significant thing you can do is warm them up to the idea. So, take your time to visit the facility with your child, if possible, and spend a few moments there with them. It is best to allow your child to interact with other kids and meet the caregiver during this visit. Then, when they begin interacting and getting involved in some activities, let them be but stay close by where they can see you. Several visits like this can help your kid familiarize themselves with the area and their caregiver with you there so they don't feel threatened when you leave them.
2. Start Practicing With Short Separations
You can also help your child get used to staying away from you by leaving them for short periods with a family member or neighbor. That will make it easier for them to adapt when you leave them with a caregiver. Moreover, after introducing your kid to the caregiver, practice leaving them for a short period and returning after they stop crying. This practice will help your child understand that you will always come back for them and make it easier to transition to longer separations.
3. Avoid Lingering for Long After the Drop-Off
It can be frustrating to see your child cry when you leave them, and some parents stay around for long. However, that will only make things worse for the child as they will think crying is the only way to make you stay. So instead, it is best to confidently reassure your child and let them know that you will be back to pick them up soon. Then, you can trust that the caregiver will handle the rest.
Daycare centers offer numerous benefits for you and your child. However, the transition can be stressful if you don't prepare well. Therefore, use these tactics to ensure a smoother transition into daycare and ensure your child has a great time.Share