- Are you welcome to drop in at any time?
- Do caregivers talk to the infants? Do they sing and read to them?
- Are caregivers flexible enough to help with adapting your baby's feeding and sleeping schedule to their own, or to find a compromise? Can you find out these schedules before your baby starts child care so that you can begin transitioning your baby?
- Are caregivers patient with babies’ needs?
- Are the babies’ needs met in a timely manner?
- Do the caregiver’s feeding style and beliefs match your own?
- Is the caregiver flexible enough to let you provide input on your baby's naptime routine?
- Does the caregiver seem to enjoy working with children?
- Would you feel good about leaving your child there?
- What training do caregivers have in infant development?
- Do caregivers watch for and feed babies based on hunger and fullness cues or on a tight schedule?
- Are babies fed by a caregiver or left to drink a bottle alone?
- Does the caregiver make eye contact with the babies? Do they hug and cuddle them?
- What does the caregiver do when a baby cries?
We hope you’ve found these questions useful! Next time we’ll explore more about the transition from home to child care.
For other questions to ask when choosing child care that we gathered in a past post, click here.
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