Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Staying Organized at Daycare

by Meghann on May 9, 2017

This post is sponsored by Brother.

Any parent who has ever had a child in daycare knows how easily things go missing. We’ve lost bottle tops and sippy cups, clothes and shoes. Our daughter Annalynn has come home with gear that wasn’t hers, and I know her stuff has gone home with other kids. I was warned this would happen going into it, but man is it a wakeup call when you’re actually in it. Of course, this is in no way meant to fault the daycare or the teachers, it’s just what happens.  I can only imagine how crazy it is to keep track of that many kids and all of the stuff that goes with them. I lose stuff with just one kid at home – it happens.  So my goal as a parent is to make it as easy as possible to keep track of my kid’s gear.

Here’s how I’ve learned to make it work:

I only send stuff to daycare we can live without or is easily replaced.

Annalynn has a dedicated drawer at daycare that holds her blanket, spare clothes, extra pacifiers, etc. The spare clothes are there in case there’s an accident or something happens to what she’s wearing. It’s rare that she needs to use them and there have been times that outfits will stay in there for months without being used. In most cases she usually outgrows them before she needs them. Often times those clothes will get lost in the shuffle and we never see them again. Because of this, I only send spare clothes that we have no attachment to. The spare clothes tend to be random clothing that were hand me downs or permanently stained.  If we don’t see them again – no biggie.

Have extras of everything.

When we first started sending Annalynn to daycare with bottles, I only had the exact amount of nipples, tops, and bottles that she needed for each day. Then one day she came home without a bottle’s top and I panicked. I had to run out to the store that night and replace it so we would have enough for the next day. After that I doubled up on all of our bottle supplies. She probably comes home with something missing every two or three months, but there is no more panicking and no more late-night runs to the store.

Label Everything

My husband loves to make fun of me because I now label everything. Trust me, I didn’t start out this way, but I’ve slowly evolved into the mom that marks her daughter’s initials on every diaper cover and bib. True story.

I recently started using the Brother P-touch PT D210 label maker and it has been a true game changer for my labeling obsession. Writing with a marker eventually wears off and ordering custom labels can get pricey, but P-Touch TZe labels are durable and they stay put. They’re also water-resistant, fade-resistant, and temperature resistant.  Plus, the P-touch D210 offers lots of ways to personalize your labels: 14 fonts, 97 frames, and more than 600 symbols.

When the P-touch arrived, I legit spent over an hour playing with everything it can do. I mixed and matched all of the fonts, symbols, and borders until I found the combination that worked best for our needs.

Replacing the P-touch TZe tape is simple, and there’s a wide variety of tape colors to choose from.

The berry pink tape with white text was my ultimate favorite. It has great contrast and is really eye-catching.

Yep, as you can see, I went a little crazy, but sometimes you need to be a little crazy as a mom.

The P-touch PT-D210 is available for purchase at Staples.

How do you stay organized for daycare?

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