Starting nursery can be tough. It marks a new chapter in your child’s life and a milestone marker for you that they’re growing up and becoming a little bit more independent. It may be daunting to let go but it’s essential to remember that nursery school is a crucial part of your child’s development. No doubt that will not stop you worrying about whether they’ll like it, whether they’ll make friends and how much you’ll miss them during those hours. What’s more, a summer break and a return to the nursery routine doesn’t make things any easier, once you’ve been used to having them around for the holidays. To ease the transition and avoid any last-minute panics, we’ve created a checklist to make sure their bag is packed with the essentials for the first day of nursery.
Ask any nursery teacher or caregiver for one piece of advice and they’ll say: “label everything!” With many parents shopping in the same place, it’s easy for things to get mixed up or lost. This goes for everything from cups to lunchboxes, as well as all clothes, teddies and the rest.
It may still be easy enough to use your changing bag but as your child is growing up and out of needing changing, it can be more suitable to switch to a backpack to accommodate clothes, food and other nursery bits.
Some nurseries may provide meals so do check beforehand. In the least, you’ll probably need to pack some snacks and pick up a small lunchbox to pack them in. Piccolo Squares and Breadsticks are a good organic and healthy on-the-go option. Suited for 10 months+, the teething wafer Squares are available in Mango, Sweet Pea, Banana & Blueberry. For a more savoury option, the Mighty Breadsticks, suited for 1 year+, come in tasty Tomato & Basil, and Parmesan Cheese flavours.
A sippy cup and some bibs
Children will likely be expected to have a bottle or beaker with them. Invest in a spill-proof bottle that they’ll be able to open themselves; it’s also good practice for transitioning to a regular bottle. Pack a couple of bibs in preparation for them getting messy at feed time.
A comfort item
If a teddy or blanket is a nap-time essential, don’t forget to pack it.
Nappies and wipes
Obviously, this depends on whether your child is toilet-trained, but if they’re still in nappies, you’ll need to pack a day’s worth of nappies and send them along with some wipes. Don’t forget to label these too!
Make sure the nursery staff have been informed if your child needs to take any medication during the day or if they have any allergies. Pack any medicines along with instructions to avoid any mistakes.
A complete change of clothes
While most of the time this will not be necessary, be prepared. Toddlers and babies find it very easy to get messy, so make sure you have a spare set of clothes in case of an accident.
Outdoor clothing and sunscreen
September is a tricky month weather-wise, so you’ll be able to decide day-to-day. It may be a case of sending them off with sun lotion and a sun hat or wrapping them up in a warm coat. Something waterproof is always handy.
Piccolo Squares and Breadsticks are available to buy in Sainsburys, Morrisons and Ocado.