"What do you mean she's going to daycare, she's too young?" This was posed by well-meaning family members during a time when there was enough stress in a mom's life. Then, they went on about how in their day they stayed home until the infant became older (insert the eye roll here). Today most parents need to work and don't have the luxury of hiring a nanny. The decision was made and here starts the first chapter of being a working parent. Daycare, as we know, doesn't have a stellar reputation. We listen to the horror stories of what happens occasionally in centers and listen to other parent's fears. Yet, those stories are pretty rare and your mommy detector will also pick up any bad vibes if something is awry. By adjusting to a new routine, getting a mock schedule together, giving your family time to get used to a new sleeping schedule and finding ways to de-stress yourself, preparing for daycare doesn't have to be a large mountain to scale. When we are prepared for a battle ahead of time, we can ride out the challenges much easier. Jump on board and consider these 6 strategies when preparing for daycare.