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Last Minute Essentials For Back To School

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From the Upper East Side to the Westside, the kids are heading back to school, are you ready? Here’s a list of things that you might have forgotten, along with the best way to tick every to-do box!




School Supplies

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Every school and every grade have different requirements for what constitutes as essential school supplies. The best way to make sure you don’t miss a thing is to acquire a list from your child’s school or teacher. Then, you can use it as a checklist to make sure everything is in order!

Tips: Chances are, a lot of the school supplies that your child used the previous year are still perfectly good (same goes for art and craft supplies you have laying around the house). Instead of buying all new, take stock of what’s already in your possession. Most likely, the box of crayons, scissors, compass, pencil sharpener, pens, and even quite a few pencils can withstand a second life. And what about those notebooks? If your child only wrote in a few pages of them, you can always rip those out and reuse the notebook. And while it’s always fun to get a new backpack and lunchbox (pending current character obsessions and trends), we promise those can also withstand another year of wear-and-tear!

For everything you don’t have at home, there’s a few great options. Amazon has a “Back to School Essentials Supplies Kit Bundle K-8”, which contains basically all the essentials your child would need, for the set price of $28.99. Or, if you don’t mind leaving your Glenwood apartment to do a bit of shopping, Staples, Duane Reade, or any other type of office supply store will have what you need.

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Medical Forms From Your Child’s Pediatrician

Check with your school to see what is needed in terms of forms from your child’s pediatrician. Whether they are starting Nursery School for the first time and need a full medical run-down of immunization history, or are entering 12th grade and plan to play on the school’s basketball team and need their yearly physical, there’s a high percentage chance that your pediatrician will have to sign off on something!

Tip: Most doctor’s offices are set up on an electronic portal these days, so if it’s a simple matter of having your pediatrician sign something, this might be able to save you a trip to the doctor’s office.




Proper School Attire

Drawing of back to school apparel essentials and supplies

Depending on the school, your child may have a strict uniform policy (in which case you need to be sure to visit the uniform store recommended by your school for the exact right pair of knee socks), or a very laid back “wear whatever you want” policy. However, even in the case of the latter, you still want to be sure all the all-weather essentials are in order: rainboots for the first rainy day, a light jacket for the first September chill, and enough pairs of matching socks!

Tip: The first week of school can feel chaotic. Take a few minutes to prepare the week’s worth of outfits ahead of time for your child–saving you from running around like a chicken with its head cut off on the first morning!



Change Your Child’s Sleep Routine

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This last one is probably the most essential of all. Children’s routines get changed around during the summer, whether from being on vacation with more lax bedtime rules, summer camp with different “lights out” policies, or just from enjoying the longer summer nights out in the city with mom and dad, away from their Tribeca Bridge Tower apartment. In the days leading up to school, make a point to enforce the same bedtime and waking time as they will have throughout the school year. This will ensure they are wide eyed and bushy tailed by the time they return to school.

Tip: Push your entire schedule up a bit–for example, if you usually have dinner at 6, have it at 5. This will automatically push up bathtime, storytime, and lights out time!

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