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motherkins, have you visited the program where your child might be attending. Many preschools are such warm and nurturing places, it might alleviate your concerns about whether they will know how special your baby is. My experience is that of course no one ever appreciates all the wonderful qualities of your child, but teachers can often cast a new light on your child that you hadn't quite appreciated before. They can find and highlight skills sometimes in a new way, which is exciting! Ask the preschool how they handle conflict, and whether they help any "picked on" children feel safe as they work it out.
I think it's pretty rare for preschoolers to be overly concerned about their clothes and such, because they are just not that peer oriented (for all the emphasis on socialization in preschool!) They get more peer focused in about 2nd grade.
All that said, it sure is hard to have your first baby go off to preschool! It really is an adventure for them, and for you, but it feels very big and scary at the time. Both my children have gone, and they loved it, felt like they had a great big world to talk to me about when they got home from their little 2 1/2 hours away! It was cute actually. I'm glad you're chatting about it with others!