Childcare essentials: what to buy when your child starts daycare

Just as school starts back in January, so too do many daycare centres after the festive break.

There are inevitably a whole host of things your baby or toddler will need as they start the new daycare year, so we've made it easy for you by compiling a checklist and a gallery of products.

Your daycare provider may also provide a list and of course some of these items may not apply to all babies (such as the dummies).

There are so many gorgeous products for babies and toddlers who are starting daycare.
There are so many gorgeous products for babies and toddlers who are starting daycare. Photo: Supplied

Remember to label everything - and it's a good idea to get into the habit of replenishing your child's bag at a certain time each day, so essentials are not forgotten.

Babies

  • baby wipes
  • nappies (about 8 per day)
  • nappy cream
  • comfort toy and/or blanket
  • dummies x 3
  • bottles with teats and lids
  • formula
  • insulated lunch bag
  • food containers
  • baby snack food
  • three bibs
  • bedding - cot sheets, baby sleep bag, blanket
  • three changes of clothing
  • jumper
  • socks
  • closed toe soft shoes
  • sun hat
  • large backpack to fit the daily things in
  • wet bag or spare plastic bag for damp clothing

Toddlers

  • baby wipes
  • nappies (4-6 per day) or four pairs of underwear
  • nappy cream
  • comfort toy and/or blanket
  • dummies x 3
  • sippy cup
  • insulated lunch bag
  • food containers
  • two bibs
  • bedding - cot sheets, sleep bag, blanket
  • one change of clothing
  • jumper
  • two pairs of socks
  • closed toe shoes
  • sun hat
  • large backpack to fit the daily things in
  • wet bag or spare plastic bag for damp clothing

If you are completely new to the daycare and school circuit, you may want to bookmark the online retailers who specialise in products to get the daycare or school years started - year after year, these sites stock a wide range of options for you to choose from.

Biome

Bright Star Kids

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Ecochild

Haggus and Stookles

Hippo Blue

Kids Bags

Lime Tree Kids

Stuck On You

​Tinyme

Urban Baby