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Old 02-05-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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In less than two months my daughter will be a year old and she will have to go to daycare. I'm heartbroken to say the least. Our year went by too fast. I'm sending my daughter to a centre. She will be one of five babies in the baby room (two adults assigned them)

The centre offers meals and milk to the children. I will still be breastfeeding, but due to my poor pumping output I may send Goat milk. I'm worried about the meals. I try to feed my daughter organic (when possible) and locally grown/ game meats. We do no lunch meats, nothing with dye, no high fructose corn syrup, little wheat, and just healthy foods. I doubt the daycare will be as strict as I am.

My question: is it unreasonable to pack her food everyday and ask them to not feed her anything else? I also do little plastic. Should I send her metal utensils and her stainless sippy cup?

Am I being crazy?
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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It wouldn't hurt to ask, but you have to decide ahead of time how important this is to you. If you do a simple phone call, "what is your policy on children bringing their own lunch?" then I can't imagine them thinking twice about it. If you start laying down the law, "she is only to eat what I provide, nothing else. ever. She is never to use plastic anything. ever. (etc etc)," well, then you might be labeled as a troublesome/crazy mom right off the bat. (Then again they might not blink an eye, but you never know!)

So, like I said, I'd figure out how important it is to you before you start anything, and then have a plan for how much you're going to push and what, exactly, you're going to request.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:04 PM   #3
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It wouldn't hurt to ask, but you have to decide ahead of time how important this is to you. If you do a simple phone call, "what is your policy on children bringing their own lunch?" then I can't imagine them thinking twice about it. If you start laying down the law, "she is only to eat what I provide, nothing else. ever. She is never to use plastic anything. ever. (etc etc)," well, then you might be labeled as a troublesome/crazy mom right off the bat. (Then again they might not blink an eye, but you never know!)

So, like I said, I'd figure out how important it is to you before you start anything, and then have a plan for how much you're going to push and what, exactly, you're going to request.
I agree with this. I think if you approach it with realistic expectations, it might work out. But as the new mom at the center, tread a bit lightly. In the 1 year old room, kiddos won't notice, but later on, kiddos will notice that your daughter eats "special" food and it may cause social issues when she is 3 or 4.
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it's not unreasonable (as long as it's within their policies) to provide her with her own food and utensils.

but.. like jjordan said, you're going to have to decide how important it is to you. Chances are very very good that your child is going to snack on some of the things you don't provide. Even if the providers very carefully give her her own snacks, she will likely snatch some other snacks and as she gets older, might insist on having whatever the other kids are having.

I remember the first time my daughter got a bit of someone else's snack at a playgroup. It was sugary! and dyed! and not what I wanted her to have. But.... we both survived. She still prefers fruit and veggies over most 'snack' items.
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Ask the center what their policy is. The second center we were at didn't allow outside food to be brought in without a doctors note. They made "food" on the premises and parents had to pay 40 dollars a month for meals..the only way to opt out was to get a doctors note stating your child had an food allergy of some sort. I know my sons school didn't use any utensils everything was finger foods.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #6
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I'm already the crazy mom because I admitted to cosleeping. I am not an aggressive person and I would never make demands, but what my dd eats is really important to me. In a perfect world I'd be a stay at home mom and this wouldn't be a worry.

I visited te daycare once and they were totally fine with cloth diapering. I know this sounds silly, but I'm worried about being "that mom" You know what I mean? My kid isn't trained to sleep in a crib, doesn't take a bottle, no pacifier, I cloth diaper,and on top of that I don't think there food is good enough. I'm totally "that mom" I guess I just need to grow a backbone.

Thanks for reading this rant, lol
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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When I worked in daycares before dd was born, very few parents cared, but it was always fine to send whatever you wanted. Make it something easy for them (they won't have time to really prepare anything, so just containers that can be opened and handed to your child) and not messy, and I would think it would be fine.
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When liam was in school I sent him lunch but didn't freak out if liam ate something with them.
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You can but she will want what the other kids have (mom of 3 here) and won't eat what she has. Mark my word.
It sounds like we have VERY much the same views on food and nutrition - this is ONE meal a day. Soon, she will be eating the sand and her filthy hands will be in her mouth. I am not suggesting you let go/ease up - I have the sincerest intentions in explaining this.
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You can but she will want what the other kids have (mom of 3 here) and won't eat what she has. Mark my word.
It sounds like we have VERY much the same views on food and nutrition - this is ONE meal a day. Soon, she will be eating the sand and her filthy hands will be in her mouth. I am not suggesting you let go/ease up - I have the sincerest intentions in explaining this.
Not for all kids. My ds has taken lunch to 2 years of preschool and is now in kinder. He eats what I send, whole foods plant based non-processed food.
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