Welcome to this year’s A to Z Challenge! This year I’m talking Child Care. I’ll be blogging topics related to my many years in the family home daycare profession. I hope you can find a tidbit of information that is useful in caring for children whether you’re a parent, grand or another important person in a child’s life. And to end each post, I’ll share a bit of my creative side/relaxation time. Taking time for yourself is good for your health–both yours and your family’s 😉
So if you think you have enough bibs, blankets and burp cloths for your daycare, think again. In my experience, the words ‘flu’ or ‘stomach virus’ are synonymous with “You are going to drown in laundry the next week or two.” In order to have 10 children together for hours a day, you must be ready for a sanitation emergency. And that doesn’t include food, water, sand or mud experiences–whether intentional or not. (and have you ever had to deal with lice? ug!!)
Licensing and Health rules require all bedding be washed once a week (or more if soiled) but in times of health ‘outbreaks’ it’s a daily necessity. Hence, get yourself a heavy duty washer and dryer! Best investment ever. Also have an emergency fund on hand for either repairs or purchase of a new appliance and possibly even plumbing issues. Most repairs these days cost more than the appliances are worth though unfortunately.
As far as bibs and sheets go, they wear out quickly and so I have learned to make my own. With bibs, I use upcycled jeans for backing and fun fabrics on the front side. Sheets are usually created from yard sale fabric finds and do just fine for many, many washings. Burp cloths, I buy kitchen towels (and take donations from parents who say they are past the having-more-babies stage.)
Hope to see you tomorrow for Letter C of the 2020 April A to Z Challenge! Click here to visit more wonderful posts in this year’s challenge.