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We bought this about a week before our one and a half year old changed from a daycare center to an in-home daycare. She loves his book! Over the weekend we probably read it about 20 times a day. I added the end "because Mommy and Daddy always come back." And added hooray "new friends" on the page about them being ready to play. I think it really helped with the transition. She started at her new daycare yesterday and both yesterday and today she was comfortable saying bye-bye. Although, since she's been going to daycare at the center for so long she really liked being there and never got upset about us leaving her there either. So she just might not be a crier about being at daycare.
We used this the first time we left our twins with a babysitter. We read the book several times leading up to the big day. I really think it helped! My favorite part of the book is when it says "Goodbye isn't forever, it's only for a little while." I repeat that to my babies all the time now! I'd recommend this book for sitters, school, daycare transitions, etc.
My 2.5 year-old daughter had separation issues when we dropped her off at preschool, which prompted me to buy this book. The author does a fantastic job of playing down the drama of saying bye-bye by showing parents a routine:
1. Hugs 2. Kisses 3. Parent says "See you later, alligator!" 4. Child says "After while, crocodile!"
After a couple of days of reading it at bedtime, we were able to establish our own "Bye-Bye Time" routine, and she *magically* stopped crying. The illustrations wonderfully support the story and my daughter still enjoys reading the book from time to time.
Youngest toddler has the hardest time with goodbyes. This transformed the experience. Helps him understand the temporary nature and gives him excellent coping skills. Helps us talk to him about it and guide him through it to make farewells less traumatizing for everyone!
It's short enough to keep your little one's attention, and it covers all the major feelings of going to a new school/daycare without dragging it out and making it sad. We bought this to help ease our 2 1/2 year old into a new daycare. It worked great for opening up a discussion about how he feels, and we used this book to really reinforce that Mommy or Daddy always comes back! Other books we bought seemed to drag out the misery and sadness parts (one of them made my child cry just reading it!) but this one was perfect.
We purchased all of the Elizabeth Verdick books for use with our children. They are well written, great pictures, and extremely easy for a toddler to understand. So glad that we found these books and have them in our parent toolbox.
After being in a small at-home daycare from 3 months old, my 3 year old had a really hard time with preschool drop-offs. I was surprised since she's so confident and independent, but had to recognize that a big and unfamiliar space with lots of new faces was really overwhelming! Her first week was tough on both of us. I ordered this book after a few days - when drop offs weren't getting any better - and it ended up making a significant difference. We read it at home over a weekend and then brought it into her classroom as a special present for other kiddos that might be feeling scared or upset. We read it a few more times together in the mornings when I dropped her off and she could barely even remember to say goodbye to me by the end of week two. Off she went with her friends, knowing that I would be back soon.