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6 Must-Haves for First-Time Parents Sending Their Little Ones to Daycare || Name Bubbles

Ariel Luy


Jan 18, 24

6 Must-Haves for First-Time Parents Sending Their Little Ones to Daycare


Embarking on the journey of parenthood is an exhilarating experience filled with joy, wonder, and a myriad of firsts. One significant milestone is when many parents choose to send their little ones to daycare. While it can be an emotional rollercoaster, proper preparation can ease the transition for both parents and children and allow you to enjoy this milestone. So, let’s settle any anxiety and help you get prepared for daycare with these six must-haves for first-time parents venturing into the world of daycare.

Comfortable and Labeled Clothing:

Comfort is key when it comes to transitioning to your child’s daycare. This can be a big adjustment for not only you but your child. Make sure your child is dressed in comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing when they attend daycare. Daycare environments can be dynamic, so choose clothes that allow for easy movement and can withstand various activities. You also want to make sure to always have a change of clothes in case of accidents or mix-ups. Also – don't forget to label each piece of clothing with your child's name to prevent any mix-ups or items ending up in the lost-and-found. The number one rule of daycare is to label everything. For specifically labeling clothing items, we recommend our Stick-On Clothing Labels, but they are also included in our Daycare Value Pack, which has everything you need to keep your child organized. 

Personalized Comfort Items:

Speaking on how transitioning to daycare can be overwhelming for your little one, another method to make them feel more at ease is by providing a comfort item from home, such as a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or pacifier. These familiar objects can offer a sense of security and reassurance during moments of separation anxiety. It is crucial you keep these comfort items labeled since, with so many kids attending daycare, they can easily get mixed up without labels. Keeping track of toys is very important to kids. You can read more about how to avoid losing toys here

Nutritious Snacks and Lunch:

A daycare day is filled with activities that burn energy quickly. Ensure your child stays fueled and nourished by packing a variety of nutritious snacks and a balanced lunch. Consider your child's preferences and any dietary restrictions when preparing their meals. If they have any allergies or dietary restrictions, help the daycare provider stay aware of their food specifications with our Allergy and Alert Stickers. These stickers are waterproof, which means they’ll last in the dishwasher and stay on your lunch containers. In addition to Allergy and Alert stickers, using our waterproof and wash-safe labels with your children’s names is essential to avoid any confusion. We also recommend our Write-On Bottle Labels since they’ll help differentiate between a variety of elements such as formula or breast milk prepared date and how much is in the bottle.

Effective Communication Tools:

Establishing clear communication channels with the daycare provider is vital. Provide them with emergency contact information, details about your child's routine, and any specific instructions or preferences you may have. Many daycares now use communication apps to share updates, photos, and information about your child's day, fostering a sense of connection between home and daycare. Make sure you give several forms of communication to the daycare, such as your partner, your grandparents, or your trusted friends and neighbors, in case you aren’t able to be reached. To make sure your contact information is easily accessible, you can customize our Contact Labels with your phone number and email address so your information is readily available for any daycare worker.

Adequate Supply of Diapers and Wipes:

Daycare providers appreciate parents who come prepared with an ample supply of diapers and wipes in their diaper bag. Keeping your child clean and comfortable is a top priority, and having extra diapers ensures that the daycare can promptly address your child's needs without disruptions. If your child uses any additional supplies for their diaper changes like diaper rash cream or ointment, we recommend including those in your daycare bag as well. Make sure to verify your children’s diapers are in the correct size and that they also have a labeled change of clothes for emergencies. If your little one is potty training, have several pairs of spare clothes and underwear for early accidents too. 

Documentation and Medical Information:

We never want to think of emergencies, but it’s still crucial to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Prepare a folder containing all necessary documents, such as your child's medical records, vaccination history, and any allergy information. This not only helps the daycare provider in case of emergencies but also ensures they can provide the best care possible for your child. We also recommend including the name of your family physician and secondary contacts besides you.


Sending your child to a daycare center for the first time is undoubtedly a significant step in their development and your journey as a parent. By equipping yourself with these must-haves, you can ease the transition, foster a positive daycare experience for your child, and embark on this new chapter with confidence and peace of mind. Remember, open communication, preparation, some labels, and a little extra love go a long way in making this adventure a rewarding one for both you and your little one. 

To read more about getting ready for daycare, click here

To learn more about how to label your stuff for daycare, click here

For tips on choosing the best daycare center  for the first time, click here

Ariel Luy

Hey, I'm Ariel and I am the Content and Social Media Manager at Name Bubbles! I’ve gotten the opportunity to create Reels, manage our social media pages, and write blog posts since I’ve joined in 2022. I graduated from Liberty University in 2021 w...

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