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Old 10-29-2013, 06:53 AM
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Does anyone else have ddk's that are dressed for daycare like they are fashion models? I am so tired of parents dressing their kids, especially the girls in clothes that are first off inappropriate for being in daycare and for the changing weather. I have one 2 yr old dcg who is dressed to the hilt every day with clothes that must be the high fashion clothing for girls,the fancy legging,with the high fashion boots etc. She looks like a mini fashion model. She doesn't look like she is very comfortable in them either. I have repeatedly asked parents to dress their kids for play here and not good clothes that they might ruin, but it doesn't seem to register with these set of parents. The kids look nice all dressed up, but it is not for daycare where they play and do crafts and might get the clothes ruined. Another thing with the girls is parents putting the fancy hair bows or clips in their hair when at daycare the girls take them out or they just fall out and get lost.

This is just a vent, but just was curious how many of you have parents like this and how they dress their kids for daycare.
I guess it is non of my business how they want to dress their kids, but for daycare they need to have "play clothes on" in my opinion.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:08 AM
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I was one of those parents-I always dressed my son in clothes that I loved. I certainly didn't expect them to come back clean from daycare, though. I just can't see buying "ugly" clothes that I don't like. My provider had apologized early on about a spot on his clothes, and I let her know that I didn't hes clean. expect her to worry about keeping his clothes in new condition.

I tell parents in my handbook that kids are messy and not to send clothes that they are not willing to find stains on. I don't care how they dress their kids as long as they don't expect me to keep their kids from spilling food or getting dirt on them. If a child's clothes do get something on that looks like it may stain, though, I change the child and pre-treat the spot with a laundry stain remover immediately, and send it home in a bag.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:17 AM
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I have one like this. She looks adorable but sometimes uncomfortable! Besides wearing clothing that was always perfectly put together including matching boots/shoes she also used to always come with a HUGE bow in her hair. The bow looked uncomfortable and would start to sag and hang in front of her eyes. The bows were always about 1/2 the size if her head...she's only 1 1/2. She no longer comes with bows, I think mom got the point after having to retrieve the bows from her cubby for a couple of weeks. I started just taking them off right away because they would hang in front if her face and she looked miserable! I was also afraid they would make a bald spot because she has thin baby hair and they were heavy! Her clothes aren't uncomfortable looking but they are always brand names, I just treat them like any other kids clothes and if they get messy oh well. Thankfully mom doesn't seem to mind.
I do have to say this mom is vigilant about taking care of her children and gives them the best of everything and at least they are dressed for the weather. We went on a field trip last week and it was cold but not super cold, this mom had them dressed like we were in the middke of winter (snow pants and everything). Another parent only brought a spring coat even after I reminded several times that they had to come dressed warmly or they would be turned away. She acted shocked when I told her she needed to bring him back with a winter coat and hat or he would have to stay home. Sorry lady, not taking your child on a 30 minute walk to the fire station when there is frost in the grass and he only has a spring jacket on! Oy, I'd trade the other mom for this one any day. It's always something!
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:34 AM
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I have one who is dressed inappropriately most of the time. It drives me crazy! But, it is a slightly different problem with her. Mom puts her in jeans almost every single day, which wouldn't be a big deal, but they are always too tight in the legs, waist or both (she is a solid little girl). She walks around like a penguin half the time because her pants are too tight for her to move her legs properly! Not to mention she can't button and unbutton them so needs assistance every time she goes potty. On top of everything else, I think she buys the lowest waisted jeans they make because her butt crack shows all day. I mentioned something to mom about boys jeans having more room and how boys jeans fit my daughter better than girls jeans, because she was complaining about how they fall down all the time, but if she tightens the waist, dcg complains they are too tight. I am surprised she can't see that they are so tight on the thighs that it is next to impossible to pull them up all the way! Once in a great while she will come in sweats and it is such a good day for everyone!
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:00 AM
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I have one that can't seem to find the right size clothes. Everything is either way too big or way too small. Awhile back Mom gave me money to buy clothes. I did and haven't seen the clothes since. I THINK she buys the kid's clothes off of ebay or craigslist because they're always used and don't fit right.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:06 AM
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This drives me bananas! Or the dressy coats for outdoor play that have only buttons and no zipper so the cold air goes right through them. Poor kids stand their with their hands in their coats in their little high heeled boots to cold and fancy to move a muscle.

I now take all hair accessories and put them in their bin upon arrival as they will end up lost by the end of the day anyway. Also on the days that DCKs wear super fancy clothes here we tend to do A LOT of messy exploration, crafts and painting activities.

They eventually get the hint.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:09 AM
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I do not like the big hair bows. One little girl had three big bright orange and pink bows in hair. Most of the time they end up tearing and you have to hot glue it back together. I don't really see boys dressed wrong that much.
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I have an infant that is currently being brought to daycare with a size 3T jacket for outdoors. Yesterday he had a 3-6 mos size onesie and a size 3T jacket. Drives me bonkers!!!
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:13 AM
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I have a kid that who is 3 that comes in a onesie, then two shirts over it. also had leggings on over it, then had a dress over all of it top it off for a total of 3 layers.

Oh and she came in with a jacket on, but mom took that off.

Did I mention that it is still in the mid 80s here....
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:15 AM
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I am glad that I am not the only one going through this with parents dressing their kids like this. The kids do look nice, but some of the clothes they come in look like they are uncomfortable for them and don't really fit right. I guess I come from the time that kids had play clothes and dress clothes and I wanted mine to be comfortable in their clothes if they were playing and when we went out somewhere where they had to look nice, their nice clothes were in good shape.

How many of you have kids that their shoes are really either too big or too small for them and you watch the kids trying to walk in them and they seem to trip all the time. I usually have the kids take their shoes off when they come in the house, but some of them like to take their socks off and run around barefoot, which is fine in the summer, but now it is getting much colder and their poor little feet are so cold. But it just seems to me that I have to scrunch shoes on some of the kids because they are too small, or that some just are walking right out of their shoes.
I have one dcg who her shoes will not stay on because they are just too big for her, but her Mom said she had to get them for her because the shoes were so cute and they had only one pair left, so she bought them. Oh she will grow into them she said, but meanwhile the poor dcg can not walk in them without them falling off. Just another vent and wondering how many others of you have this going on. Just curious.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:22 AM
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I have one with the best shoe collection- ****, Converse, Sperrys, Toms, Nike, ******s. His shoe collection is better than mine! I never thought about putting a little boy in **** but he sure does look freaking cute! I take so many pictures of the kids as soon as they are dressed cute I get excited to take pictures. Oh and he wears all kinds of cute jeans, omg- joes jeans, True Religion, etc, and he has at least 3 Northface jackets. I want his wardrobe budget!
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:24 AM
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I have one with the best shoe collection- ****, Converse, Sperrys, Toms, Nike, ******s. His shoe collection is better than mine! I never thought about putting a little boy in **** but he sure does look freaking cute! I take so many pictures of the kids as soon as they are dressed cute I get excited to take pictures. Oh and he wears all kinds of cute jeans, omg- joes jeans, True Religion, etc, and he has at least 3 Northface jackets. I want his wardrobe budget!
Hmmm... The word it bleeped out is U-g-g-s. And J-o-r-d-a-n-s. I wasn't cussing or anything... That's weird!
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:30 AM
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I couldn't care less what the kids come dressed in.

I only require that ALL clothing is well fitting and easy for the child to manage.

I do require shoes with laces though. NO open toed or Velcro shoes.

If I had a parent that sent their child in something that prohibited them from participating, I would just talk to the parent and let them know my concern and what I'd like them to do to remedy the situation.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:56 AM
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I guess it's that I really don't care what the kids come dressed in either, but it is just that sometimes they are dressed where they look uncomfortable. Even asking parents to dress them comfortably, I still see this.
I guess it just gets to me when parents, and it is their choice and money, but have to have their kids dressed in total fashion,the dress or skirt with the lacy leggings under the dress or skirt,the layers on top,which the kids get so warm and then over the feet of the leggings have a pair of socks on and then the shoes, then that are too tight because they have the legging feet and then the socks on their feet and then try and get the shoes on over all that.
I'm all for kids looking nice, but also being able to move in their clothes.
I guess it goes way back to when my kids were toddlers and my sister in law would dress her girls like they were dolls and had to have them in the most fashionable and expensive dresses and liked to let you know that she payed x amount of dollars for this dress and would hold that over you knowing that she spent more then others. I guess it's more the parents that grip me then the kids coming in whatever clothes,but it just seems like parents today want their kids to be fashion diva's and not thinking about how practical the clothes are for daycare. It's just me!
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:01 AM
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My daughter wants to wear a dress, EVERY SINGLE DAY. So, as I am the daycare owner... I tell her fine, but when we go outside, you need to go upstairs and put on pants to go outside and play in. (Or pants under her skirt, if it isn't TOO nice). As for bows.... I used to use them... nice... fancy ones... but I don't have time for that much anymore. Bows are cute, until they fall off (hers did NOT), and babies start eating them, etc.

Yes, it is frustrating, and I would definitely make them aware that the childs clothing could get very dirty, and you are not responsible for that, and I would say those are so cute, but it is a shame, because they will probably get dirty.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:12 AM
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I guess it's that I really don't care what the kids come dressed in either, but it is just that sometimes they are dressed where they look uncomfortable. Even asking parents to dress them comfortably, I still see this.
I guess it just gets to me when parents, and it is their choice and money, but have to have their kids dressed in total fashion,the dress or skirt with the lacy leggings under the dress or skirt,the layers on top,which the kids get so warm and then over the feet of the leggings have a pair of socks on and then the shoes, then that are too tight because they have the legging feet and then the socks on their feet and then try and get the shoes on over all that.
I'm all for kids looking nice, but also being able to move in their clothes.
I guess it goes way back to when my kids were toddlers and my sister in law would dress her girls like they were dolls and had to have them in the most fashionable and expensive dresses and liked to let you know that she payed x amount of dollars for this dress and would hold that over you knowing that she spent more then others. I guess it's more the parents that grip me then the kids coming in whatever clothes,but it just seems like parents today want their kids to be fashion diva's and not thinking about how practical the clothes are for daycare. It's just me!
Sadly I think that is just another sign that material things are what define people now days.

I know what you mean though about comfy clothes. I too grew up in the era of having "play clothes", "school clothes" and "Sunday clothes"....NONE of which were allowed to be worn at a non-designated time...

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My daughter wants to wear a dress, EVERY SINGLE DAY. So, as I am the daycare owner... I tell her fine, but when we go outside, you need to go upstairs and put on pants to go outside and play in. (Or pants under her skirt, if it isn't TOO nice). As for bows.... I used to use them... nice... fancy ones... but I don't have time for that much anymore. Bows are cute, until they fall off (hers did NOT), and babies start eating them, etc.

Yes, it is frustrating, and I would definitely make them aware that the childs clothing could get very dirty, and you are not responsible for that, and I would say those are so cute, but it is a shame, because they will probably get dirty.
This is a good point. Parents have enough to fight with their kids about now days....I am sure clothing is just not a battle everyone chooses to put on their list. Your DD is lucky that she does have the option to go to her room and change when her choice is not appropriate to the activity.
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I have one little girl that comes once a week in pure white?!?! Usually a white sundress with white sandals and bow or white leggings with a pink and white sweater and I kid you not-white fuzzy boots(Like ****) I make sure we get nice and dirty that day! Why? I'll never understand!
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:51 AM
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My assumption is that if the parents are sending them in dressed in certain clothing, they are saying they don't mind if it gets dirty or paint or whatever. No client has ever told me to not let their child get dirty, or complained over grass stains on their knees. I wouldn't be passive aggressive and purposely go out of my way to get the child extra dirty, but I would stick to our usual routine. If the child seems uncomfy or I have issues changing them because of their attire, I either change their outfit with a spare of theirs, or one of my spare outfits. Clothes are changed back before pick up - though I usually let parents know if the child had to have an outfit change up and why.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:06 AM
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I don't treat any stains or glue any bows. Everyone has an old adult tshirt to cover their clothes for messy play, but that's all. Bows and hairdo business that falls out or falls apart go into the child's bag or pocket to go back home. If their clothes get wet or dirty they go into a bag and the child wears fresh clothes from their stash or my stash.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:30 AM
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Buttons bother me (if I have to snap them or button them). Nice clothing doesn't if they don't mind it getting some food on it or a little bit of dirt when we're outside. Messy indoor projects require that the children wear long sleeve "bib" style things.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:57 AM
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I have one little girl that comes once a week in pure white?!?! Usually a white sundress with white sandals and bow or white leggings with a pink and white sweater and I kid you not-white fuzzy boots(Like ****) I make sure we get nice and dirty that day! Why? I'll never understand!
We had a new dcg4 this spring whose mom dressed her to the 9's even though we specifically talk about comfort and getting dirty at the interview. Her 3rd or 4th day here she wore a white sundress, a white bow, little white lace socks and white church shoes- on field trip day, to the baseball diamond!! The dirt was so nice and fine she just couldn't resist making dirt-angels, castles and moats, pouring dirt all over her legs and arms...

Mom still sent her in dresses every day, but never white again!
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:58 AM
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I have a mom who let's her then 3 and now 4yr old in dresses or skirts with no shorts!! This girl has ZERO modesty and spends half her day with her booty showing. I made her put on her baby brother's PJ shorts once. I even sent mom a pic of her doing a puzzle with her dress up over her butt with her undies showing and one butt cheek hanging out. It was obviously a cute funny pic, not a weirdo pic and it was quiet time so it was just her up but I was hoping her mom would realize "oh Jeeze, maybe she should wear shorts!" She goes to PreK
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After my first year, I put in my contract what clothing is allowed. I refuse to deal with tights, i dont not allow shoe ties (we practice but too dangeroous and time consuming for real shoes) nor do i allow any other type of shoe other than a sneaker. Also, if I can't slip off
Their pants with one hand then the clothes are too tight. I try not to say too much about the last item because I do feel that people have different comfort zones about size. I tend to put loose clothing on my own children. Other than that I very verbal. One family had about five pairs of sneakers. I told them they had to bring a specific pair because it was not distracting, they fit very well and she can put them on herself which is important in her development to have this accomplishment. They said oh she picks out her shoes. I said great then just tleave the sneakers here. This was a child that had daily tantrums yet when I made her put on the easiest and most comfortable shoes, we never had a problem.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:09 PM
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Most of my daycare parents are good about this but I have had some issues in the past, the biggest ones being cheap croc shoes that ripped apart and did not have support, skinny jeans (why would you do that to a child?), bows/clips/jewelry for little girls, babies and toddlers in onesies like that is a complete outfit no matter what the weather. My pet peeve is skimpy bikinis on little girls. tiny tiny string bikinis for babies....how is that supposed to work over a diaper? or on an active child that wants to play and climb without a constant wedgie!
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I have one parent that does this. Also sends her kid in top of the line shoes that my own kids don't have. It's fine by me I just let mom know they will get dirty...and they do. Sometimes the shoes have mud on them. Drives me crazy but if mom doesn't mind spending the money what do I care?

The only issue I have had with clothes is one mom who put their child in clothes that were way too tight. The child was a little chunky and the clothes were so tight. The child started to complain so then mom bought bigger sizes.
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:12 PM
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I couldn't care less what the kids come dressed in.

I only require that ALL clothing is well fitting and easy for the child to manage.

I do require shoes with laces though. NO open toed or Velcro shoes.

If I had a parent that sent their child in something that prohibited them from participating, I would just talk to the parent and let them know my concern and what I'd like them to do to remedy the situation.
Ok, I am curious. Why laces? I despise laces, probably because I spend all day tying shoes. I am all for velcro!
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Ok, I am curious. Why laces? I despise laces, probably because I spend all day tying shoes. I am all for velcro!
For the same reason.

Velcro gets dirty, clogged and stupid after a bit. Then the shoes don't/won't stay on.

So then I spend all day fixing that. Ugh!

I prefer shoes with laces because I can tie them tight and securely. NO loose shoes, NO straggling laces....

I tie them double knotted. Shoes stay securely on their feet.

I also start teaching them to tie the laces as soon as they are interested/able.

I probably tie about 10 pairs of shoes daily each time we go outside but I do things assembly line so it gets done fast and then I don't have to deal with them again until we go outside again.

To me, THAT seems easier than continually re-doing the Velcro that isn't gonna stay stuck anyways.

...and slip on shoes? Don't even get me started on those..
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I have a mom who let's her then 3 and now 4yr old in dresses or skirts with no shorts!! This girl has ZERO modesty and spends half her day with her booty showing. I made her put on her baby brother's PJ shorts once. I even sent mom a pic of her doing a puzzle with her dress up over her butt with her undies showing and one butt cheek hanging out. It was obviously a cute funny pic, not a weirdo pic and it was quiet time so it was just her up but I was hoping her mom would realize "oh Jeeze, maybe she should wear shorts!" She goes to PreK
4 days a week and I know they require kids wear shorts or leggings under their dresses or skirts, why wouldn't she do the same here??
I had to put in my enrollment info and send out a note, and post it on the door for a while to get my 2 dcg's to start wearing shorts or leggings under dresses. Craziness!
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:23 PM
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...and slip on shoes? Don't even get me started on those..
No slip on shoes, ick.

Velcro gets stupid...

Agreed, and "don't tell the parents..lol" but I will throw several pairs of shoes in the washer and dryer, and clear up that stupid velcro. I have even been known to replace ridiculous shoes with my own, but that is a different story.

If I could trust them to send me reasonable shoes with reasonable length laces, I might, but good grief. They either have teeny laces that can't be double knotted or super extra long ones that have to be tied around the poor kid's ankles to work.

Funny the stuff we have to think about!
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You could all make play clothes from your curtains like from The Sound of Music
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my parents perfer sending their kids in clothes from the 80s or pjs. or how about dcg who came in with capris and a tanktop when it was flurrying last week. and no jacket. shoes that are always to small. was pj pnats and a onesie yesterday. mom wants me to potty train but the kid cant even undress in onesies. ive seen her in her 5yr old sisters coat and her brothers hand me down outfits.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:03 PM
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The last few years it's not so much the fashion model problem, but not wearing appropriate clothes for the weather. Some parents don't send shoes for their kids! Or socks, and now it's getting in the 50's here. I don't have jackets or other outdoor wear for them to go outside so I've saved clothes that have been left here, like jackets and mittens so they can play outside. I just don't get not sending them in shoes!
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:54 PM
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I dress my son in nice clothes for daycare once in a while because I like to see him look nice. I have a family that dresses there daughter up really nice and other families that do to but I think it is adorable. Boys have never come over here dressed in nice clothes though.
People forget and I keep reminding them of what I need. I annoyed a mom so much she went and got some blanket sleepers for childcare when its chilly. reduces the amount of supplies needed.

I was getting worried and ran out of backup clothes. I have lended my clothes out to families I trust will bring my stuff back, I have also given families clothes. Probably shouldn't but did not have a choice a couple of times really.

I think I need all the clothes I could get because they never seem to stay here.
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I get a lot of that. Not to mention a hoodie when snow is flying. One kid dressed inappropriately messes up the entire day! I would do your craft's and pay as normal. If her clothing gets messed up then maybe The parents will get the idea!!!
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I have the same battles, especially with not bringing hats, mittens, boots and a warm jacket. I even made a cute little notice for the door at eye level, and ended up having to buy my own; at least I have hats and mittens. We'll see what happens when snow comes as far as boots...
As for the dressy clothes and dress shoes, that eventually changed when I stopped worrying about muddy dress shoes to go home with and dirty clothes; not that I don't try, but things happen; nothing more was said but the dress attire did change, LOL!
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:18 AM
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My parents are pretty good with dressing the kids clothing wise - a few white items here and there but I figure they must not care if they come home dirty.

My issue also is the hats and gloves. I've bought extra sets now because I want them to stay healthy or I'm the one that gets to deal with the runny noses, crabbiness. Buying extra's seemed easier to me.
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I don't care about my kid getting dirty. You will all go nuts with this but my daughter for the most part only wears an outfit once. She is 2 and I can say that maybe she has worn something twice just a handful of times. She honestly has at least 200 outfits in her closet right now. I am good about sending boots, and matching hats, mittens and a coat to keep at daycare though. We are generally not a hat, mitten or boot wearing family so keeping them at daycare is the best option.
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As long as their parts are covered and I have the needed outdoor items...I have much better things to worry about. If they get messy, that's on the parent that sent them in the clothing, not me.
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My kids have cute clothes. I don't do anything special to try to keep them clean. I presume the parents just put what they like on the kid and expect it to get messy. No one had said anything. The only one I do anything different for is when my extremely messy eater had spaghetti for lunch. I just took his shirt off and cleaned his chest off with a paper towel after he ate, and put his shirt back on lol
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