Clothing and Personal Items:

  • Change of Clothes: Include underwear, socks, and an extra outfit in case of spills or accidents.
  • Weather-Appropriate Attire: Pack a jacket, hat, or sunscreen depending on the weather.
  • Comfort Items: Include a familiar comfort item like a blanket or stuffed animal for naptime.
  • Diapers and Wipes: Ensure you have an adequate supply if your child is not yet toilet trained.
  • Toiletries: Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and any necessary skincare items.

Feeding Essentials:

  • Bottles or Sippy Cups: If applicable, provide labeled bottles or sippy cups with formula, breast milk, or juice.
  • Baby Food or Snacks: Pack nutritious snacks and meals if child care doesn’t provide them.
  • Labeled Lunch Bag: Include a packed lunch with your child’s name clearly written.

Communication and Documentation:

  • Emergency Contact Information: Provide up-to-date contact details in case of emergencies.
  • Authorization Forms: Complete any necessary forms for medication or specific care instructions.
  • Daily Schedule or Routine: Share your child’s routine, nap times, and any special instructions with caregivers.

Health and Safety Items:

  • Medication: If your child requires medication, ensure it is labeled and accompanied by proper documentation.
  • First Aid Kit: Include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any specific items for your child’s needs.
  • Allergy Information: Clearly communicate any allergies your child may have.

Comfort and Entertainment:

  • Comfortable Shoes: If outdoor play is part of the day, provide comfortable shoes.
  • Favorite Toy or Book: Include a small item that brings comfort or familiarity.
  • Special Activities: If there’s a special show-and-tell or themed day, provide relevant items.


  • Labeled Backpack: Choose a backpack with your child’s name prominently displayed.
  • Water Bottle: Keep your child hydrated with a labeled water bottle.
  • Naptime Supplies: If needed, include a small blanket or nap mat for rest time.

Remember to communicate regularly with caregivers, update the contents of the bag as needed.