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    Default How long to settle in at daycare?

    My 9 mth old had her first day at daycare yesterday and it was a disaster. She was so upset and only lasted an hour and a half. How long does it take for them to get used to it? What is the best way to ease her transition. She will be going two days a week and I only have one more week until I have to go back to work.

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    Every child is different. Some kids instantly take to it, some take weeks/months where they cry and scream and are upset. I actually thought my dd was upset for ages every morning when i'd drop her off, so i hid around the corner and watched her, and 5-10 mins later she would settle down and happily play. I had gone to work thinking she was upset all day! so it eased my mind. Keep in mind tho, eventually she will become familiar with the teacher/carers and other kids so once she settles in with them she should be fine.

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    Default How long to settle in at daycare?

    I started dd1 at 16mths ish at 2 days a week. The first 2 wks were half days as in I picked her up at midday.

    It took her about six weeks to settle down. Her sleep became unsettled, she nursed more often and would not leave me for ages when home.

    Daycare really tires them so she was going to sleep at 6pm vs her usual 7/7.30pm for the first few months.

    Now at 26 mths she still gets upset if I drop her off but DH can do it. But she is fine 5min later.
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    Default How long to settle in at daycare?

    My boy started at 9 months also. I think it took about a week for him to be ok there and about 2 weeks for him to be happy to be there. Keep your drop off happy and cheerful and build up your hours. My ds can sometimes get cranky or upset but he does at home also. Trust them if they say they had a good day. They are very honest. I'd they had a bad day see how it goes. It's not easy on mummy, but I promise they do get there. Sometimes the center or cearers don't click so after time if it's not working out change daycare centers ( if you can). Good luck

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    Default How long to settle in at daycare?

    And what everybody else said.

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    Default Re: How long to settle in at daycare?

    My dd started at 15 months just 1 day a week. This week is the first time she didn't cry when i left, but it probably took 2 months before she enjoyed herself and didnt cry on and off all day. She's 20 months now, been going for 5 months.

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    My daughter started daycare just before her 2nd birthday and while she cried everytime I left her, the carer's said that only lasted for about 15mins or so. That lasted for about the first 2 months of care - now she arrives and she barely even says goodbye to me and she's out of there playing with her friends!


 

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