Young Infants (6 weeks to 16 months)

One of the most difficult decisions you can make as a parent involves the care of your child. Mendham Country Day School offers a warm and nurturing environment in which to leave your baby.  All our infants are full time and we do not accept children on a drop-in basis. Each child has their own crib and area in the room. Our nursery is considered a clean room and everyone who enters must remove their shoes. Our floors are heated and therefore the children are free to explore throughout the room.

Approximately two weeks prior to your baby’s first day with us, the lead teacher will meet with you to discuss your child’s schedule, their needs, and their current routine. This will help your baby transition from being at home with you to being in care.

Although it may not always be possible, we offer trial days for parents who feel as though they may need to start off slowly. On these trial days parents can leave their child for a few hours as a way to prepare the baby and themselves for when they will need to leave them for the entire day.

The first day you leave your baby is very difficult. You will certainly have mixed emotions and even tears. You are welcome to call whenever you need to or come back to visit if that is possible. Rest assured your baby will be well taken care of.

The best way to ensure that your child’s transition is a smooth one, is to be sure you have brought everything on the list of items needed for the care of your baby. You must also give the teacher a copy of your child’s daily routine and all health forms. Be sure that all forms are completed and are up-to-date.

On the first day, it is best to try and keep your goodbye short. The longer you make your goodbye, the more difficult it will be for you to actually leave. During the first few days your child is with us, the lead caregiver will call you in the morning to let you know how your baby is doing. If you are too stressed or anxious to wait for a call, you are always welcome to call us.

We encourage parents to ask as many questions as they wish or feel they need to. There are no silly or unimportant questions when it comes to the care of your baby.

Young Infant Room Guide for Parents

The following information will help parents to understand the rules and procedures used in our Young Infant Room.

  1. Everyone entering the room MUST remove their shoes and leave them outside the door.

  2. The parent dropping the child off in the morning needs to complete the top part of the baby’s daily chart before leaving.

  3. Siblings and or visitors are not allowed in the infant room.

  4. If grandparents or relatives from out of town would like to visit with your baby, the staff will need to be notified so that arrangements can be made to make another room available if possible.

  5. All babies will use a bib when eating. Bibs will not be worn all day.

  6. Babies will NEVER be put to bed with a bottle. All babies will be held and fed their bottle, burped, and then put to bed.

  7. Babies will only use their own personal spoons, bottles, cups, food, bowls, cribs, diapers, and wipes.

  8. Babies may not have a pacifier in their mouth all day.

  9. Babies may not walk around with bottles or food, they must be held or seated at the table.

  10. Medication is NEVER given without a doctor’s order. That includes all over the counter medication such as Tylenol

  11. When supplies are needed, parents will be notified several days before they run out.

  12. Music played in the room is designed to inspire and motivate all the babies’ developing minds.

  13. Parents need to notify the school when the baby is out or will be out.

Young Infant Room Daily Schedule

Children arrive: 

Greeting

 

Routine care (feeding diapering, sleeping)

 

Self-directed activities in play areas

Midmorning: 

Planned play: teacher-directed activities for some, self-directed for others

 

Nap for some, routine care for others

 

Outside walk / play

Late morning: 

Lunch

 

Nap for some

 

Clean-up after lunch

 

Teacher-directed activities for babies who are awake

Early afternoon: 

Napping babies get up

 

Routine care

 

Planned play: teacher directed activities

Mid-afternoon: 

Routine care

 

Nap for some

 

Teacher-directed activities for babies who are awake

Late afternoon: 

Self-directed activities in play areas

 

Routine care

 

Talk to parents

 

Clean up room

 

Set up for the next day