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    So DS is starting daycare three days a week from 18 March. The centre provides 12 hours orientation for me to use as I wish. Any suggestions on how to break this up?

    They have suggested four 3 hour session. I was thinking two sessions starting at usual drop off time (so I can practice!), one during lunchtime/nap and one that would end when I will normally collect him.

    Any other tips? I'm looking forward I getting back to work but feel sick about leaving him. Luckily the centre is awesome and I trust them. They even have an iPhone app with all his movements throughout the day and where they upload pics, etc!

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    Your plan sounds great. For the first one hang around in the room for 1/2 hour then for the rest of the session hang in the staff room in case they need to come get you.

    It's such a stressful time putting your child into daycare but from my experience the thought was harder than reality. There will be tears from both of you, make sure you judge their day by the pick up not the drop off.

    Good luck.

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    Wow the iPhone app also sounds really good.

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    Honestly, I would trial the same hours that he will be there when you go to work, just so you can see how he goes with someone else feeding him, putting him to sleep etc. The carers can also see how he responds at different times during the day and ask you lots of questions when you return.I found short play orientations pointless as they just play with toys and as far as they know they could be at a friends house for a coffee. It is really hard the first few times you leave them, but it gets easier. I found 'hanging around' made it harder on DD1, if I dropped her off, gave her a big hug and walked away, she cried (I cried) but within a few minutes she was fine. Good luck, I'm about to go through the same thing for the second time (no orientation this time).

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    Thanks all. They have suggested I don't hang around and I thought this might be easier on both of us. I'll stay close by though in case I'm needed.

    I don't want to leave him in longer than four hours to start with even though he will be there from 7.30-4.30 when I'm at work.... I wanted to ease him in. What do you think?

    I am so scared! He is not a great day sleeper and I usually have to rock him to sleep....

    Thanks for all the advice. I know I'm not alone!

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    Try not worry, my first was a shocking day sleeper, and wouldn't take a bottle! They coped Remember that the carers have looked after all types of babies and they are good at handling all individuals. They use to have to rock my DD then hold her for her sleep, but amazingly they soon had her sleeping in the cot in the day. Enjoy those hours he is there to go and do something for yourself - don't go home or you will feel empty, go shopping or out for coffee with friends

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    My dd2 just started (this week) and it went pretty well.

    She was cuddled to sleep in a rocking chair (usually fed to sleep) and being EBF I wasn't sure if she would take a bottle so sent a cup and spoon along. The carers were happy to spoon feed her bm. She did take the bottle the second day tho.

    My suggestion would be to have a couple of full trial days before you start so you can see how he will cope being away for 8-9hrs. Dd2 had her full days this week as I start next week. You can then also work out how many bottles required.

    Good luck. I spent all day Monday crying.

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    Oh thanks everyone for all the advice!

    My mum lives in Scotland but will actually be visiting during these orientation times which will be great support.

    I think I will do a couple of full days before I start back just to see how he goes as so I don't worry as much my first day back.

    I'm so lucky that I have a good centre or I would be so much more nervous!

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    I find being at work a great distraction. The day does go quick

    My boy was a rock to sleep boy also. They did that. They get by, they can also learn some good new habits also

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    I'm going through the same thing! I start back at full time work on Feb 4th and I've taken DD (15mo) for four days this week, just for an hour or so each time. She's still very upset and cries almost the whole time she's there. I have a feeling she'll actually cope better once she's there longer each day...I wonder if by coming back after only a couple of hours she hasn't had time to settle down.

    I feel terrible that she'll be there so long (Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:45pm )....but I have no choice. I'm single and I can't afford not to work as I have a mortgage (as of next week). The single parent pension is simply not enough to survive on in my situation. I know DD will eventually get used to it, but I still feel just awful about it. DS will be ok, he's starting school this year and is more than ready for it, so he'll cope fine with the long days.

    I like the centre I got into, the staff and kids all seem very happy there and it's got a very homely feel to it.

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