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5 Must Have Items for Starting Day Care

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As a teacher I love back to school time. I think there's something special about seeing all of the books and schools supplies in the store! Now that I have my own children it's even more fun and I use back to school time to stock up on supplies for the year as this is generally the cheapest time of year to get them.

Back to school time is certainly not just for those starting schools - it's a time for so many firsts for many of us, and this year my 2 year old will be having her first day of day care. While the range of back to school items can be overwhelming, I've picked out some of my favourites that are just perfect for toddlers.

1. Skip Hop Backpacks - toddler sized!
These backpacks are great. They are just the right size for a toddler and they love carrying their special toys (and other random items) in them. We have the butterfly one at home, but I really love the bee one too. You can buy them here.

skip hop toddler backpack bee

2. Great Name Labels

Label everything! Groupon Australia currently has a great deal on the Dinkleboo name label sets and I highly recommend them. Buy lots and stick them on everything! You can find the deal here. 

dinkleboo name labels back to school


3. Smash Bento Lunchbox 

It's hard to find lunchboxes that are the right size for a toddler and I'm glad we came across the Smash Bento Lunch Kit. It comes with a lunchbox, butterfly sandwich cutter (a huge hit in our house) and a cute matching drink bottle. You can find these at Big W stores.
smash bento box

4. Personalized Toddler Pillow for Nap Time

Most day care providers request that you supply your own sheets and pillows for nap time and I love these presonalised ones. There are lots of designs to choose from and you can find them all here. 


5. A Good Quality Hat (with their name)

If you are in Australia like I am then a hat is a must have. All day care providers in Australia require a hat to go and play outside and I find that having their name embroidered on the front makes life so much easier! Even if another child takes yours by mistake it always makes it way back by the next day. We love these ones available here.


This article is part of the 2017 Aussie Back to School Blog Hop! Read the “back to school” articles here by some wonderful Australian Bloggers!  You will find out how the first time school mums are feeling, tips for special needs parents, great lunch box ideas as well as suggestions for those who don't like crunch and sip!


Teacher’s Please Don’t! | Your Kids OT

Advice For First Time School Mums From Seasoned Mums and Teachers | The Multitasking Woman

10 simple ways to make school lunches more fun  | Kidgredients

Teacher Types Top Tips for Going Back to School | Teacher Types

Maintaining a Play Filled Routine throughout the School Term  | Kids Play Space

Handling Crunch and Sip with Fussy Kids  | Play With Food

How to share your child’s special needs with their new teacher  | My Home Truths

16 things the school holidays have taught me  | Eenie Meenie Miney Mum

The Most Important Skills Your Child Needs for School  | The Happy Me Shop

101 Sandwich Filling Ideas for Kids  | Create Bake Make

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Kirsty @ My Home Truths

Friday 20th of January 2017

I love the personalised sheets and the hats too! When my kids were younger they didn't have anything like that - I would have been onto them like a shot otherwise! Good luck for your daughter's start to daycare. It can be an even bigger challenge for us as parents to deal with but I hope all goes well for all of you x


Friday 20th of January 2017

I have been labelling everything for my little boy about to start child care next week!