Mama Daycare Virgin
Many of us have had to find care for our little ones outside the home. We felt lucky that both our girls had care in our home until at least 12 months of age. We felt that was a luxury. But, on their respective first days at their new outside-the-home daycares, no matter how comfortable I was with care providers and the environment, I was wrought with worry and fear. Can you relate? Amy is preparing herself for her daughter's first day:
Next Monday, my 5-month-old daughter is starting daycare one day a week. I found a lovely in-home provider, and feel very comfortable with her in general, but I am having a lot of anxiety about "just dropping off" my baby with someone else! Part of that is the mama bear thing, I know, and part of it is directly related to the fact that my daughter is struggling immensely with naps right now. I don't know what kind of direction I should give the care person, especially since my daughter's schedule has largely fallen apart lately. So my questions are: How can I work through my inner anxiety in general? And does anyone have tips for how to work with a provider during these tough sleep (or other developmental) phases, so things don't get worse (and might even get better)?