What to buy for going to school
So, first of all...You've got this! Yes, it's a milestone, yes, your baby is going to school and yes, you're likely to cry - and that's okay! If you don't, that's okay too! One thing that will ease the load is being prepared for going to school, and having 'all the things' your kiddo will need for that first day. We've created this check list below - it's one we developed from asking around the office. It's not exhaustive and some things we deliberately left off because we bought them and then never used them. Ha ha!
Mostly, in terms of stationery - the school will supply a list of things you need to buy before school starts or soon after. Purchase them all from your local stationery store when you can. Here's a few things you can get in advance that will be helpful. If you're anything like some of us in the office, then having them named/personalised can be fun, and can also help when you're looking through lost property! Some people like pretty aesthetic labelling, some like to grab a sharpie and write their kiddo's names in themselves - however you roll - it's always good to name that stuff!
- School bag (one that isn't the size of your child - so, if you're buying online be sure to check the dimensions) - named
- Lunch box - named
- Drink bottle - named
- Sunscreen - we recommend a roll on type - Nivea do a great one for kids
- Hand sanitiser, just a nice little travel one- preferably spray type as the pump once opened can leak in their bag
- Sun hat - schools usually require sun hats with a wide brim and often you will need to buy the school one, that makes it simple. Always remember to label those suckers as them and shoes seem to be the things that go missing first!
- Shoes - good shoes for school - if school does have specified shoes, shoes that are 'all rounders' are helpful - good for running on ashphalt and playing in the sandpit. Oh, and socks - plenty of socks! You'll go through those :)
- If they are starting swimming - a good waterproof bag for their togs and towel is also handy - and as always, label, label, label!
- Stationery, schools will give you a list, but there's always the good 'ol HB pencil, an eraser, a ruler and some writing books that are a great start! :)
- For those who have kiddo's with immune conditions, it may even pay to pop in a N95 face mask as well.
There are some great products out there and they are easy to get hold of. One of our fav's which having 'been there', is named lunchboxes and drink bottles and personalised labels from Stuck on you. They have lasted a long time, A) because of the quality and B) because they're named! Check out their range here.