It can be a stressful time for both the parents and the child when it comes time to introduce daycare into the mix. That transition can be overwhelming, and can only be made worse if your baby seems less than interested in accepting the new routine.

We understand this time can be challenging. We offer some tips on how to prepare your baby for daycare in Calgary, in the hopes of making the transition from home to daycare as easy as possible.

Preparing Your Baby For Daycare


We recommend bringing your baby by the daycare at least once before their first day. This will help them familiarize themselves with the new environment and with the staff. Establishing that positive first impression will make them more enthusiastic about their first day, as they’ll appreciate that daycare can be a fun place to be.

Additionally, it will give you the chance to speak with the staff at the daycare and help them better understand your child.


Some find it helpful to learn the daily routines of the prospective daycare, as it can help their child get used to the new schedule while still at home. Naptime, in particular, can be an element that parents can alter in advance to help with an easier transition.

Bring A Comfort Item

It might help your child if you were to include an item, like a toy or blanket, for them to hold during naptime. This will remind them of home and allow them to interact with something they are familiar with.

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Proper Goodbyes

It’s suggested that parents say a proper goodbye to their child instead of slipping out while their kid is distracted. This helps mark the transition from being with the parent to now being at daycare.

It also affords you the opportunity to communicate when you’ll be back for them. While babies and toddlers may not be able to grasp the concept of time, they can understand schedules. If you tell them you’ll be back once snack time is over, they’ll be able to anticipate your return and ease their nerves. 

Also, ensure you are steadfast in your departure. It’s completely normal for parents to want to pop back in and check on their child. However, it will lead to confusion on the child’s part if they see you but don’t leave with you.

Beginning daycare in Calgary can be a scary yet exciting moment in time. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have to your prospective daycare; they want to make the experience as effortless as you do!

2000 Days Daycare is the daycare in Calgary SW, where your child will learn, laugh and grow. Our focus is to ensure that the first 2000 days of your child’s life (the most important for development) are maximized. We provide the platform where your child develops the soft skills that can help them communicate effectively, get along with other children, control their emotions, develop self-motivation and help them creatively solve problems. As a family operated and owned SW Calgary daycare centre, we give the extra time, attention and care that your children deserve, so they can develop the skills to excel at school and grow in self-confidence. Feel free to contact us at 403-319-2332 (Extension 1) or book a tour of our Calgary daycare today!