Ready to Return to Work, But Not Ready to Bring my Baby to Childcare

December 23, 2022

It all happens so fast–you’ve experienced pregnancy, the miracle of giving birth, sleepless nights, the first coos and smiles, and now your family and little one are just starting to settle in–more or less–to a schedule. It’s normal to feel reluctant about leaving baby and getting back to work. Here are some of the common worries that working parents experience. 

Worry 1: My baby will have trouble adjusting to a strange place. You can help calm you and your baby’s nerves about adjusting to an unknown environment by visiting it before your baby’s start date.  Luminous Early Child Care Learning Centers in the Bronx and Brooklyn welcome visits with your baby and encourage care givers to bring their little ones to our centers as close to your baby’s starting date as possible for some getting-to-know-you time. Luminous offers a transition schedule the first three days of enrollment to make the transition from home to childcare as smooth as possible. The first day the child attends school from 9 am – 11, the second day from 9 am – 11:30, and the third day from 9am – 12pm. 

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Worry 2: My baby will freak out when it’s time for me to leave.  One of the best ways to prepare you and your baby for childcare is to give them the opportunity to spend time with loving people (grandmas, aunties, or close friends) in locations other than his or her own home. These experiences will give your baby confidence that, if his/her primary caregiver goes away for a while, they return each and every time. While babies may fuss the first few times you leave, they do adjust. Follow a goodbye ritual – hugs, kisses, or phrases and avoid drawing it out.  Many experienced parents will tell you that once they are out of baby’s sight, their child calms down and is ready to enjoy their day with new friends!

Worry 3: I’ll freak when it’s time to leave. It’s a fact that babies are wired to read your emotions. In addition to following the advice above, do the things that comfort you – breath deeply, exercise, watch hilarious sitcoms, have a cup of hot tea, call a friend, or put on a smile which relaxes your whole body!

Worry 4: My infant will miss me. Yes, they love you and will miss you but be fine without you for a time. One of the benefits to babies who experience loving childcare at Luminous is that they begin to develop more self-control and social skills. Rather than encouraging them to stay distant from others, it’s also important that you encourage these traits in your baby to help them learn how to self-comfort and reduce their anxiety.  

Worry 5: My baby won’t learn what they should. It’s best not to compare your baby’s development with others because, in these early years, it’s normal that each one develops at a different pace. Luminous staff have years of experience caring for young children, are always interested in hearing your concerns, and will be proactive in communicating their observations and the milestones your baby has reached.  

Worry 6: My toddler won’t make friends. As infants become two-year-olds, they become more aware of and interested in children their age. At Luminous Early Childhood Learning Centers, we encourage youngsters to learn how to share and play nicely with peers. By setting up play dates with other children before his or her start date, you can help ensure that your little one begins learning these skills. 

Worry 7: My toddler won’t cooperate with their teacher. All youngsters need to be taught how to cooperate – it doesn’t happen without coaching from care givers and teachers. You can teach your toddler how to cooperate by reading books aloud to them at home, just as the teacher does at school.  If they get up and walk away or interrupt you, remind them that they need to be quiet and pay attention. 

Luminous removes the hassle of arranging for tuition vouchers and helps make childcare affordable. Vouchers can help ease your financial stress – reducing the cost to as little as $1 to $50 dollars per week per child depending on eligibility. Learn more about qualifying for HRA and ACS vouchers at our Bronx and Brooklyn centers. Payment can also be made by SEIU/1199 Child Care, check, credit card, and through the Luminous reimbursement program. Contact Luminous Early Childhood Learning Centers at or call us a 347.963.4160.