Here are a number of things you can do to make the church nursery experience go smoothly for your child.
- Label everything that belongs to your child—diaper bags, bottles, clothing, jackets and coats, pacifiers.
- Sign in, even if your child is there every week. Keep the nursery check–in form current by including special instructions concerning your child, such as allergies.
- Let nursery workers know if your child is going through any new phases—biting, teething, even potty training. (If so, bring along a change of clothes in a bag with your child's name on it; kids can have accidents when away from their daily routines.)
- Leave special toys at home. Don't force caregivers to explain to other children why one toy doesn't have to be shared.
- Follow the rules especially when it comes to sick kids. When in doubt, stay home. Your little one will be more comfortable anyway.
- Be prompt about picking up kids following services. Remember, a lot of nursery workers are volunteers, so don't take advantage of their time. If you're one of the last parents to pick up your child this week, get there more quickly next week.
- Pray for the volunteers and paid staff who run the church nursery. This can be a thankless, tiring job. Encourage them by expressing your appreciation for their service.
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