As you welcome infants and toddlers in your program, help them to feel safe and secure.

  • Encourage parents to bring special lovies from home,
  • Provide small, cozy spaces where children can have some quiet time alone (yet still be seen by an adult).
  • Place carpeting on several sections of the floor so that crawling babies can experience the softness and warmth that it offers.
  • Display a variety of artwork, including easy, peaceful scenes and objects familiar to children and infants in cribs or playpens.
  • Use attractive curtains or shades that will satisfactorily block light during nap and rest times.
  • Paint walls green, blue, and white. These colors are cool and non-stimulating.
  • Be sure your program has comfy couches, chairs and rocking chairs.
  • Provide soft cuddle toys, including soft dolls, textured balls, stuffed animals, and soft puppets. Don't forget the sand and water tables for toddlers.
  • Sand and water offer soothing, repetitive experiences for very young children.