Yep, I agree. The more transition time there is, and the longer it can go on, the better. I didn't go to daycare either, but I started taking my daughter to a little morning co-op at 8 months, and to real (well, OK, hippie) daycare at 23 months. She's been there a year, and even now, I try to make sure I can spend 15 minutes with her at dropoff. It does a few things: Helps her settle and say goodbye at her own pace, gives me time to talk with the staff & get to know them, lets me play a little with the other kids or read to a bunch and get to know them, lets me see how things are going generally there. Lately we've been singing a "goodbye, have fun playing and working, see you later" song. Sang it in the bath tonight when it was time for me to get out & do my homework, and at the end she just said, "Are you going to work now?" and I said "Yes," and she said, "Wait, I have to rinse you off," and she did, and that was that. "Go work now," she told me.