Helping Your Child Adjust to Daycare

• See if your child reacts as strongly if your partner or a trusted friend drops him off instead. He might actually be protesting your departure more than the particular childcare environment.

• Ask your child's caregiver if she can provide insights about the problem. For instance, maybe he doesn't like one of the other children in his group or is having difficulty settling down for his afternoon nap.

• Avoid making other changes to your child's routine while he's getting used to a new childcare setting. This is not a good time to move him from his crib into a bed or to start toilet training, for example.

• Accept the fact that it takes time for young children to adjust to a new childcare setting. And some children take longer than others.

• Be alert to the possibility of an underlying problem. If your child hasn't settled into his arrangement after a couple of weeks, it may just be a poor choice for your child. This doesn't necessarily mean that abuse is occurring: The problem could be something as simple as a personality conflict between your child and caregiver.

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