Northern Beaches Mums Group
Northern Beaches Mums Group

What to pack for daycare

Sending your little one to childcare can be an exciting and anxious time for both parents and children. Making sure they have everything they need to settle in will make the transition easier and put your mind at ease. Although it is always best to check with your centre what exactly your little one needs (for example, some include things like nappies and wipes in the price, others don’t), there are a few universal things that each child will require when they make their day-care debut.

Here are our top essentials and a few of our favourite picks.


A no-brainer but worth pointing out, choosing a good quality backpack is money well spent! Be sure to get one with a few pockets so you can easily categorize various items and whilst a large backpack is good, make sure it’s not so large that your child can’t carry it themselves. A bright backpack that is easily identifiable is always a good item as is a luggage tag in case some other parent has the same good taste as you!

Drink bottle

Encourage your little ones to drink water throughout that day with an easy use drink bottle they can open and close themselves. We recommend one with a flip lid so it stays clean but can’t get lost.


A lot of day-cares now ask parents to bring linen and what type you need all depends on your centre. Standard cot sheets won’t securely fit childcare centre cots as they are often smaller, and for toddlers, many centres use stacking beds (like a camping bed) or a foam mat. Check out the range of day-care bedding designs to perfectly fit each option and provide your little one with the best naptime sleep!

Babies: 0-12months (not yet walking or climbing)

Toddlers: 1-5 years – your centre has stacking beds

Toddlers: 1-5 years – your centre has floor mats (this option also fits stacking beds)

All these sheets are available at

Use code NBDAYCARE20 for 20% off.


This is especially important especially in Australia where the sun and UV rays are so powerful! We recommend selecting a bucket style hat that will shield their face from the sun.

Soothing toys for sleeping

Sleeping in different environments can be a big adjustment for your child, so it’s important to pack any comfort toys to tuck in with them.

Security blankets like Eli the Elephant made from 100% cotton, which fits perfectly in their little hands would make a great sleeping companion.

Be sure to get more than one, as if this does go missing you will need backups.

Spare clothes

Children have accidents all the time. children love to get messy during activities like eating or playing outside meaning there is potential for clothes to get marked and stained. Recommend that you pack everyday activity clothes and bring 2 spare sets.

Children can also have little accidents such as leaking through nappies or during the toilet training stage as well


Label everything! Daycare has a lot of little ones with a lot of items to keep track of.

And not every centre is the same, so speak with them earlier to see what else you need to do.