When it comes to transitioning from the infant to the toddler room at the daycare, it might come as a tough process for your child and might even be tough for you as a parent. This transition can be stressful due to your child now interacting with older children, how their nap times may end up being affected, and whether or not walking is an issue should they be struggling with that process. However, there are a few things you can do to help ensure this is an easy and seamless process for both you and your loved one.
Open Line of Communication
One way to help ease the transition for your infant or toddler is to create an open line of communication with the teachers in the classroom they will be transitioning to. You may find it helpful to get to know them better and share some of the habits and traits of your child. Tell the daycare teachers what your child does and doesn’t like and some of the quirks that makes them unique.
You should also ask them about some of their teaching methods. Do they typically account for the transition from the infant room to the toddler room? If so, how? How do they go about doing snack and lunchtimes? Lastly, how do they go about doing nap time? All of these questions should give you a better idea of what is in store for your child. On top of that, it should quell some of your nervous parenting fears about transitioning your child to a new classroom.
Mock School Days
Once you have a better idea of what a typical day in the new room is like, a nice idea to help your child transition is running them through what a typical day is like. If you were to follow a similar schedule during the days they aren’t there, it will help them prepare and become accustomed to what they should expect. If they typically nap at 2 pm, but the daycare does nap time at 1 pm, start preparing your child by switching to 1 pm nap times. Additionally, you should find out from your questioning what type of snacks the teacher usually serves, and you can begin serving them to your child so they’re aware of what they’ll be receiving during the week. These methods will help get your child set and ready for their first day of the new room.
While no transition is perfect, these steps should at least help make the process easier. By asking the new teachers what it is like, learning more about the process, and helping walk your child through a typical day; they should have no major issues moving from one classroom to another. A transition from the infant to the toddler room can be difficult for both the child and the parent so make sure that you feel comfortable with all of the steps and ask about any questions you may have that weren’t covered in this article.