I have a little boy, Alden, who is 20 months. Since his birth I've been home with him- I started babysitting a few other kids when he was about 6 months old. He's pretty good with the kids (I generally have 2 or 3 other toddlers, all 22-26 months old) from Mon-Fri. He's going through a big of a hair-pulling and hitting stage, but we're working on that. He is starting daycare on April 1st, because I need to return to work. I'm sure that he'll be OK in most ways- his "best friend" who I used to babysit is there, and a little girl I currently babysit will be transferring with him to the same daycare- so he'll have the comfort of familiar faces, at least. I do trust the daycare in terms of discipline methods and so on, they are very gentle and I have heard great things.
My worries are mostly about sleep and food. He's a breastfed boy- we've done baby-led-weaning, but he really doesn't eat much. Well, he'll eat absolutely anything, he's not picky, but he eats a very, very small amount. I'd say breastmilk still makes up more than 75% of his diet, and he generally nurses 6-8 times a day, and 2-5 times a night. The daycare provides lunch and snacks, but Alden is intollerant/allergic to dairy and gluten, which means he basically can't eat about 80% of the menu. The daycare said that they can't provide gf/cf foods for him, and told me that they'd give me the menus for the months and i could make a gf/cf version on the meals and snacks (she was saying that he had to eat basically the same stuff, as the kids all need to eat the same stuff or they want what the other kid has). I think the transition from mostly breastmilk to all food is going to be rough for him. Has anyone else here had a similar experience? Did your kiddo adapt quickly?
I've been trying to increase my supply so that I can pump milk to send along, but no luck with either the pump or hand expression. I'm eating more oatmeal, flax, brewers yeast, and drinking lots of milkmaid/fenugreek/blessed thistle tea. He'll drink almond milk, so I think I'll just end up sending that along, and we'll nurse in the mornings, evenings, and through the night.
My other worry is about naps. He's always had me here, and has always nursed to sleep. He always wakes up about 40 mins in and nurses (really quickly) back to sleep. I have no idea how daycare will work with regards to naps...my husband isn't even very successful at getting him to sleep, and when Alden wakes after his first 40 mins of napping, nothing else but the boob will get him back down.
Any thoughts? Tips? Advice? We have a little less than 2 months to try to change some habits/routines in hopes of making this as smooth a transition as possible.