The Nursery Drop Off – Leaving your toddler at nursery
First of all I will say apologies for the lack of photos in this post but obviously I can’t take photos in nursery so don’t have much to show in that way.
The nursery drop off used to be the bain of my life. Getting Little Man out of the door by 7:15am was hard enough but then leaving him due to my own anxieties or his was tough too. However, I am two years into it now. Little Man started nursery when he was 10 months and at first all of the above was such hard work I felt I had done a day before I even got to work. Now though we are both seasoned pro’s! I have already written about how I get Little Man out of the door, you can find that here. In this post I am going to tell you my top tips for leaving them at nursery.
It is the hardest thing about the nursery drop off I think it is fair to say. Little Man has never been too bad but at the beginning I found it difficult to leave my baby and then Little Man went through a faze of crying every morning when I left. As I am sure many of you can vouch for this pulls on your Mummy heart strings like nothing else.
So here are my tips for leaving nursery with your heart still intact.
Be enthusiastic – On the journey to nursery be that on foot or in the car be bright and breezy about the day they have ahead. This will help them to get excited about what their day will be like and more likely to go in with a smile.
Don’t prolong it – I think the longer you are there, the harder it is for both you and your toddler. I literally walk Little Man in, sit him down for his breakfast, tell the nursery ladies anything they need to know and after a quick kiss leave Little Man to it.
Don’t be drawn in by the crying – Oh what a horrible Mum I sound like but believe me I have hung around and tried to comfort my crying boy and it makes it all the more harder to leave. The overwhelming feeling of just scooping them up and taking them home can become unbearable. Every single time we have had a bad morning like this he has been fine once I have left.
Be organised – I talk more about this in my post about getting your toddler out of the door but organisation really is key. No rooting around in the nursery bag to check you packed everything really helps to make the process a smooth one.
Don’t feel bad – Many a time have I walked into work feeling like the worst Mummy in the world for leaving him at nursery. Be safe in the knowledge that whatever the reason that your child is in nursery is right for you and them and they are probably having a great time. I have often struggled to get Little Man to come home with me come pick up time!
There we go. I hope that helped any of you out there who might be just starting your nursery journey with your little one. After 2 years I still feel a pang of horribleness sometimes when I leave him there but it is right for us and he really does have a great time!
Have a lovely day.