So yesterday, I got to the daycare to pick Mason up and when they handed me his sheet (that let’s me know how much he napped, what he had for lunch, his diaper changes, etc), they pointed out a note on the sheet. The note says “It gets very cold here in the winter. Please make sure to dress Mason very warm.”
I raised my eyebrows and the daycare teacher went on to explain that he really needs to be dressed in multiple layers the rest of the winter and that it would be very uncomfortable for him otherwise.
Now last winter, when I enrolled him in this daycare, I was informed on my tour that it was pretty cool in the rooms because they had signed up for a heating program where the daycare was heated all night long and then not during the day and that the heat from the night was supposed to keep the place warm during the day. They were locked into using the program all winter long. I had gotten every idea that they were only still using it because they were locked in and that they discovered it was a bad idea because while it was nice and warm there after the heat shut off at 7 am or whatever, by noon, it was not nearly as warm, and by 4, not warm at all. I was okay with the fact that they’d tried something new and it hadn’t worked out. Live and learn, right? I didn’t think much more about it since Mason wouldn’t start there until mid-May.
But apparently, they signed up for it again. Is it just me or is it absolutely f-ing ridiculous that a daycare is on a budget heat plan that requires babies to wear multiple layers of clothing so their hands and noses don’t turn into ice cubes??? I mean, I know for a FACT that the baby room alone pulls in $1000 a week in tuition. And it’s the least populated room there. You can’t tell me that they can’t afford real heat. If it’s already quite chilly in there when it’s 35 degrees out, how is going to be when it’s -20!?!?
So, at this point in time, I’m looking at buying Mason an entire new wardrobe of larger clothes that he can wear over the top of smaller clothes that fit him right now (All of his current clothes fit fine, but aren’t designed to have 2-3 more layers under/over them) or finding him a new daycare that isn’t so friggen thrifty that they run with zero heat during the day!.
Part of me feels like I’m being ridiculous. After all, he’s one of 8 babies (and 50+ total kids) in this daycare and no one else seems to be too upset about this. But the other part of me says that I’m paying good money to this place and I shouldn’t have to send my kid there with three layers on just so he doesn’t freeze!! Do none of the other parents see this? Are they all angry like I am and afraid to say anything? Or am I just overreacting and should suck it up and buy him some big cozy sleepers to put over all of his cute long-sleeved outfits that I thought would be plenty warm for school?
Aargh, help me out here ladies. What would you do?