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Five essentials for nursery or childminder's

When you go back to work whether your little one is at nursery or a childminder’s there are some essentials you’ll need.


1) Name tags

Baby nametags

Name everything to avoid missing clothes

Your child will come home in someone else’s clothes. It’s a fact. But minimise the chances of it happening with name labels. My Nametags does iron on labels (bonus, no sewing) and you can choose a cute character to make them stand out.

Get 75 iron on labels and 75 stickers (dishwasher safe and durable but not suitable for clothes) for £11.95 plus £1 p&p. Or get 56 colour iron on labels for £11.95 plus £1 p&p or 56 colour stickers also for or £11.95 plus £1 p&p.


2) A sturdy bag

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Cute and durable bags


Character bag packs are all very well but durable they are not. We went through three in six months (Minions, Disney Cars and Batman) before settling on a very plain but very durable Mi Pack for £20. The only other bags that seem to have stood the test of time in the nursery cloakroom are Skiphop’s animal faces, £20. Cute and durable – although bit on the small and pricey side.


3) Slippers

Snuggle shoes designs

There are lots of different designs

Many nurseries insist that children can’t wear shoes in baby and toddler rooms because there are so many little ones crawling. For stylish slippers try  Snuggle feet – £7.99. They’re leather, with soft soles, designed for both indoors and out. The cute animal designs make them extra cute and there are a lot to choose from.

4) A change of clothes – or two, or three

Your little one will get messy – very messy. It’s one of the perks. Primark and H&M are great for basics that won’t break the bank.

But there’s a reason for the mess – as this display at my little boy’s nursery shows.

Dirty clothes

Dirty clothes are a sign you’re little one is learning

5) Wellies, waterproofs and sunscreen



Whatever the weather… your little one will enjoy the great outdoors

Most nurseries take full advantage of their outdoor space. There’s no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothes. Waterproof trousers and tops will keep your little one protected and cheap wellies from Primark are ideal as their feet will grow all the time. Even on cloudy days they need sunscreen – a minimum of factor 30 will protect them.