11 Things No Preschool Wants Your Kid To Bring To School Ever

By
Share
Ad failed to load

Whether your child already has experience in a classroom-type setting like day care or this is their first time being in a structured "big kid" environment, preschool can be a significant change for both you and your child. While you're holding back tears and trying to snap pictures where they're actually smiling, your child is similarly full of a variety of feelings about their big day. If your child is anything like my son, he wanted to bring all his favorite toys to his first day, but there are just some things no preschool wants your kid to bring to school.

In the epic words of MTV's Diary (R.I.P.), "you think you know, but you have no idea." Seriously, I was woefully uninformed on my son's first day of pre-K. As if it wasn't bad enough I was showing up in a messy bun and an over-inflated sense of confidence because I put on real pants today, thank you very much, I immediately noticed that the other parents and kids had some very different items than my son and I did. This isn't to say I showed up with a trash bag full of broken crayons and one glue stick and yelled, "Good luck, honey!" as he tucked and rolled at the drop-off, but I now know there are some things you shouldn't pack for preschool. Here is just a sampling of the things you can keep off your preschooler's back to school shopping list.

Ad failed to load

1A Backpack

Giphy

No backpack? I know, I was just as shocked as you when I realized my son was the only one with a backpack. As it turns out, most preschools prefer your child not have a backpack due to limited storage space, according to Parenting. Basically, your child's teacher has no room for your backpack even if you did spend more on faster shipping because you only remembered to order supplies the Friday before school started.

2Lice

Giphy

Whether you unknowingly brought your child to school with a few extra "plus ones" seated comfortably on their scalp or not, the preschool will be decidedly unhappy if you introduce lice to the classroom. In fact, just to be safe, don't bring anything that's technically classified as a "parasite" to your child's preschool. It really doesn't make for a good first impression.

3Unchecked Food

Giphy

Bringing in foods which other children could be severely allergic to is a huge no-no for school. According to VeryWell, many classrooms are enforcing stricter rules on allergens, so it's best to check with your child's school on their food policy.

Ad failed to load

4A Full Diaper

giphy

Yes, you read that correctly. A friend once told me about a parent (who shall remain nameless) bringing their kid to preschool with a diaper full of steaming sewage because, "she didn't want to change it and figured it was the teacher's job anyways." Seriously. Please don't bring hazardous material into preschool via your child's pants unless you want to get side eye from every teacher for the rest of the school year.

5Yesterday's Materials

Giphy

According to Parenting, your child's preschool teacher wants you to empty your kid's book bag of the previous day's contents. Even if you can't tell that the blob of green and red swirls are supposed to be a tree and apples (duh, so obvious), it will mean a lot to your child and their teacher if you show interest in their activities from their day at school. Just smile and nod when they tell you that square covered in glitter is an elephant.

6A Runny Nose

giphy

There's never a good time for anyone to get sick, but take one for the team and keep your child home from school if they're ill. Melissa Mowry, author of One Mother to Another: This Is Just Between Us and former preschool teacher, told Scary Mommy that no preschool wants your kid to bring germs to school. Mowry also added that teachers are hip to sneaky tricks, saying, "don’t send your feverish kid in hyped up on Tylenol. You know we’re just gonna call you in 2 hours when it wears off." Point taken.

Ad failed to load

7Personal Hand Sanitizer

giphy

Though many preschools stave off potential zombie apocalypses on the regular by frequently using sanitizer, most teachers don't want your child to bring personal hand sanitizers to school, according to VeryWell. It sounds counter-intuitive since toddlers and young children are a virtual cesspool of germs that would make a truck-stop motel mattress look sanitary. But it turns out the reason is quite simple: if your kid has their own mini sanitizer, it's more difficult for an adult to supervise their use. So leave it to the professionals and try not to think about how much snot your kid has consumed today.

8Casual Shoes

giphy

Unless your preschooler has a part-time job as a resort wear model for Salvatore Ferragamo, flip flops and open-toed shoes shouldn't be worn to class, according to TIME. Sure, it's much easier to slip a pair of sandals on your spirited sprout (read: tantruming toddler) than to use crocodile wrestling techniques to put on sneakers. Maybe that's how Crocs got their name.

9A Bad Attitude

giphy

Everyone has off days, weeks, months, or even years—*clap clap clap clap*—but when you start your child's day at school on a negative note, it can really set the tone for how they'll behave during class. According to Kids Health, an educational site from Nemours, bringing a bad attitude to school undermines a good relationship between child, teacher, and parent. If there really is a problem, then take a minute to schedule a meeting with your child's teacher or set aside time to listen to your child's concerns.

Ad failed to load

10Technology & Gadgets

giphy

According to Reader's Digest, most teachers don't want your child to bring electronics to school. Preschoolers already have a hard enough time focusing their attention on something important, so digital distractions usually only make matters worse, especially in the classroom.

11Only One Set Of Clothes

giphy

Allow me to paint you a picture. My son doesn't just love guacamole. He goes after these mushed up avocados harder than Guy Fieri ravaging a basket BBQ ribs on a trip down to Flavor Town. So I learned early on that I needed to pack more than one back-up shirt for my son's post-snack disaster. As it turns out, the experts at Today's Parent agree, as they noted, "come to school with extra sets of clothes in a labeled zip-top bag in case they have an accident." Trust me, it's better than driving home with a toddler who look like he got in a fight with the Slimer from Ghostbusters.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

The Entire Family Can Enjoy These Movies & Shows Coming To Netflix In June

It's just one of those sad facts of life: every month, shows and movies vanish from Netflix, their varied excitements no longer at your fingertips. But luckily the streaming service is always prepared to fill that content void with lots of new things…
By Megan Walsh

The Reason Why Babies Smile At You Will Seriously Make You Smile

Whether you're currently the recipient of your own baby's sweet smiles or you just seem to be a magnet for baby grins in general, you might find yourself wondering why babies are always smiling at you. Sure, you could be a 'smile whisperer' but scien…
By Kate Miller

8 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say That, Yes, You Are Their Favorite

For a baby to show a preference for a specific person is not only normal, but an essential part of their development. Babies need to form strong attachments to their caregivers for their emotional, social, and physical wellbeing. Usually, but not alw…
By Kimmie Fink

10 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Giving My Toddler A Pacifier

My first child had no interest in a pacifier. I tried a couple times to get him to take one, but he always spat them out and gave me an incredulous, judgmental look. But my second? It was love at first suckle. And after a while, the incredulous, judg…
By Jamie Kenney

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at Names.org recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills
)}