Sebastian recently started Preschool, three weeks ago to be exact; and in the weeks leading up to him starting I began preparing both him and myself for this new adventure. The biggest thing I did which I firmly believe made the transition easy was involve Sebastian in pretty much every step, this way he felt like he had some sort of control over the situation, plus it built going to Preschool into something exciting. I am happy to say three weeks in and he is loving it!
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Below is my list of practical things I did to set us on our way and set us up for this adventure..
- Cute Backpack – speaks for itself really, and I think is one of the integral parts of starting Preschool / School is picking out a cute backpack. For my transportation obsessed little man it was only fitting he got this ‘Cars’ one.
- Lunchbox & Drink Bottle – Sebastian is currently only doing half days at Preschool so having a lunch box isn’t essential at this stage. In saying that his Pre-School does do lunchbox day once a month which all children are invited to attend. I really like this Goodbyn Hero Lunchbox from The Lunchbox Queen, it is the perfect size and has multiple compartments, plus the two dipper containers are great for things like yoghurt as they are leak-proof. For a drink bottle he has a 600ml Sistema one which you can get from most shops. He chose this particular one because it matched his lunchbox!
- Preschool Clothing – if you had asked me in my PC (pre children) life if I thought children needed what can only be deemed as “Preschool” clothes I would have laughed and said ‘don’t be silly’. However, three weeks in and I think they are the BEST idea yet because let’s be honest with each other life as a Preschooler can be pretty messy business, so in the interest of having fun and enjoying life I say ensure your little one has clothes they can freely run, jump and play in but most importantly that they can get messy in. Because no mum wants paint and play dough stuck on their children’s good party clothes.
- Footwear – we went and got Sebastian some sandals in anticipation of Preschool. He was so excited about them and has been disappointed every day so far as it’s not been sunny enough to wear them.
- Clothing Labels – this one is to combat the bain of every parent and probably every teacher’s life – Lost Property! Now at three and four years old you can’t expect them to remember to put their clothes back in their bag (heck, some days they can’t even remember which feet their shoes go on) however, this does make my life easier when finding all the bits he went to Preschool in. I ordered these ones from Cotton Trends and have found them to be great – once I got the hang of ironing them on. On a side note when you’re ordering them do be careful you order the correct ones, in what I can only describe as a fit of madness or sleeplessness I ordered sew on ones (I don’t have time for that!)
- Sun Protection – this one is really important to me, with both my babies having inherited my Irish complexion (read: pasty white, burn as soon as the sun looks at you skin), I am always very aware and ‘hot’ (haha, I know I’m so funny…) on the importance of sun protection. A sunhat which provides Sebastian with good coverage of his face, neck and ears was a must. As is finding the right sunscreen. Enter Banana Boat Sun Comfort Sunscreen. This is sunscreen which has been made with families and preschoolers in mind. With an SPF of 50+ it offers very high sun protection while moisturizing and protecting your skin, however, it’s MOST impressive feature is it’s sand resistant. Yes, you heard that right, sand just brushes right off making this the perfect sunscreen to use for the beach or when sending your little one off to Preschool (if they are anything like Sebastian then they are headed straight for the sandpit when they arrive). What I love about Banana Boat Sun Comfort (aside from the obvious) is that it comes in two formulations, a lotion and a mist. I like to use the lotion first thing in the morning before Sebastian goes off for the day, then top up with the spray in the afternoon.
So, there you have it my list of practical things to help get you and your little one ‘Prepared for Preschool’. Hopefully one or two of these ideas will help with your own transition and if nothing else, at least you and your family will be sand free this Summer.
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