Category Archives: Daycare

My kid bit another kid

Last night, we picked up our kiddo from daycare and got told that she bite another kid. Hard. On the hand.

Thoughts that went through my head:

  • Panic: “Oh no! They’re going to kick her out of daycare!”
  • Embarrassed: “I’m so so sorry.”
  • Helpful: “What can I do to stop this behaviour?”
  • Apologetic: “Should I write the other parents an apology note?”
  • Excuses: “She’s teething…”
  • Worried: “Will this be the first time of many??”

These are a few of the things that went through my head when I was told that my daughter bit another kid at daycare. Basically, I just feel like an a terrible parent. To be honest, she doesn’t really do this at home. So it surprised me. The daycare provider did a great job telling me about it and gave me strategies to discourage it, but still, I can’t help feeling awful about it.

I’m really hoping that this was a one time thing and it was because of teething, but I honestly have no idea. She’s starting to talk, so I could have been frustration that made her to doing this (more excuses)… regardless, it sucks.

I just did a quick search on the web and found these great tips on how to stop your child from biting:

  • They might be in pain from teething.  Make sure to always have a cool teething ring or washcloth on hand so he or she will be less likely to sink teeth into someone’s arm. (WebMD)
  • Tell them it’s wrong. When your child bites, use simple but firm words. Try, “that’s biting, that’s wrong” or a firm “no”. (Super Nanny)
  • Depending on the age of the child, timeouts might be appropriate. (Kids Health)
  • Try and redirect the behaviour. This works too for face-slapping (see Dr. Sears website for tips)

For parents of kids that have bitten, what do you do to stop /discourage this behaviour?


maternity leave

DIY Maternity Leave Calendar – Google Calendar

Before I left on maternity leave, I had this romantic idea of all these great things I was going to do with my daughter*. We were going to go to:

I had a super long list of things I wanted to do while on leave. Did I do everything? No! Of course not. I had a baby to take care of! BUT I did do a lot of things. My goal with this maternity calendar, was to put all these great idea of things I could do in Ottawa in one place.

By creating a “maternity leave” calendar it helped give me a good idea on what I wanted to do that week or even that day. Some days are easier than others with a baby. Some days you’re up for bundling them up and heading out the door, while others you couldn’t even be bothered to get out of your pyjamas.

As some of you might know, I’m a huge fan of Google Calendar. My husband and I have used it for years to sync our calendars together. Google also has a great ability for syncing my Google Calendar right to my iCal on my iPhone. It works seamlessly and also helped us avoid a lot of conflicts for double booking events.

This post has two parts.

First, let’s teach you how to set up your Google Calendar and learn how to create an extra calendar with your Google account.

1)      How to set up your Google Calendar (must already have a Google Account) to sync with your iPhone.

2)      How to create a new calendar with your account. I am recommending creating a “maternity leave” calendar that is private, so that you’re husband isn’t flooded with all these great events. 

maternity leave

Second, here is a list of great places in Ottawa (mostly west-end) that I added to my maternity leave calendar:

Do you have any idea of other activities you could add to a maternity calendar? Something that happens once or a few times a week that new moms can do with their little ones (drop in style recommended).

If you have any questions on how to set this up, please contact me.


* I think these moms had the same idea (here, here, here and here).

Mom advice wanted: naps

Hello Moms,

I need your advice. This was my daughters first week at daycare. On a normal day (pre-daycare), she would have 2 x 1.5 hour naps. For this entire week, she’s only slept total 2.15 hours. How should I handle naps this weekend?

I don’t want to disrupt her daycare schedule too much, but she must be so tired.

I’m tempted to just go with the flow and put her down when she’s tired, but I don’t want to make things worse for her next week.

Do you think she’ll just figure it out that at daycare she naps at daycare times and at home she naps at home times?

What do you think? She’s only 12 months.

Daycare – Day 1 – How it went

Friday was our daughter’s first day at daycare and overall, I think it went well. They told me she was smart, friendly, kind and fearless… but they had a bit of a hard time with nap time… This is what I thought would happen:

My prediction:

  • Wake her up at 6:00am
  • Give her a bottle
  • Leave the house at 6:30am
  • Get to daycare for 7:00am
  • No morning nap (she normally has a 1.5 hour nap in the morning at home, but didn’t think she would do it at daycare)
  • Not fall asleep for her new “regular” nap time (was hoping that she would though)
  • Pick up during nap time

What happened:

  • She woke up at 5:55am
  • I gave her a bottle
  • We left the house at 6:30am
  • Got her to daycare by 7:00am
  • No morning nap (she cried a little, but was easily distracted with a toy)
  • Did not fall asleep for her new “regular” nap time
  • Picked her up during nap time (I only did this because I had the day off, next week will be a different story)

Nap time I think is going to be the biggest obstacle for us to overcome or I should say for the daycare provider to overcome. Right now, this is our routine for nap.

Room set up:

  • Room: Blackout blinds
  • Music: iPhone app (slow waves)
  • Lighting: Battery operated candle
  • Crib: only a fitted crib sheet, no blankets
  • Lovey: Curious George


  • Curious George is in the crib
  • Sit in rocking chair with her and feed her milk in a bottle
  • Burp her towards me
  • Put her down in crib with Curious George
  • Leave room while she is awake

I have no idea what the routine is at daycare, but I’m pretty confident that they probably don’t rock her in a rocking chair with a bottle before her nap. At daycare, our daughter will be sleeping on a cot and not in a crib and the blinds are down in the room, but they aren’t blackout blinds.

Does anyone have any advice on how I can make this transition easier for my daughter? I would really like her to nap at her daycare with the other kids. I don’t want her to get any special treatment, but I would like to make this easier on everyone. Any advice?

On a side note, our daughter was sleep trained at 6.5 months. We used the Sleepeasy Solution. It took us a few weeks to get it right (she’s a tough cookie), but it now works wonderfully for us. If you are thinking about sleep training and need a buddy to help you get through it (it’s not easy), please feel free to keep in touch with me. I’d be happy to be your sleep training buddy.

Sending a Child to Daycare – Things to Provide

Daycare Kit

On Friday, it will be the first day that my daughter attends daycare (yikes!!!). Today, I’m busy putting together somethings to provide my daycare provider and thought it might be helpful to share with you all the items that I will be sending with her.

Edit (August 1):

  • Indoor shoes (Joe Fresh)
  • Water shoes (Joe Fresh)
  • Waterbottle (Skip*Hop)

I have also labeled her shoes and jacket using Mabels Labels (those labels are pretty amazing eh?).

For more experienced moms, am I missing anything? Please let me know.