You’ve decided to place your precious baby at an infantcare centre when you return to work. But you can’t help but feel nervous about leaving her with strangers.
How can you ease the separation anxiety?
Your emotions can directly affect your little one, so it’s vital to rein in your anxiety and make sure you send him off in a happy mood, says Jamie Loh, principal of Learning Vision @ Kent Ridge infant- and childcare centre.
Tell yourself that infant care will benefit him, she adds. Follow these suggestions to ease the transition:
1 month before
Introduce bottle-feeding if you’ve not done so. Offer him milk in a bottle at least once a day
Prepare the items needed. You can usually get a comprehensive list from the centre, but do also check your e-mail regularly for updates.
1 day before
Do a final check to see that you’ve packed everything, especially his milk (whether expressed breast milk or formula), and that all items are labelled to prevent loss or confusion.
On the big day
While the infant educarers settle your baby in, plan a short activity to keep your nerves at bay.
If he’s eight months or older, plan to stay for half a day as you and your baby get to know the staff better and familiarise them with his routine.
Get to know at least one or two educarers by name so that you can speak directly to someone the next time or address concerns easily.
1 week after
Pat yourself on the back and smile: you and Baby have survived the new routine for a week! Check with his educarer regularly to monitor his progress in the next few months.