Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is taking the PURELL® 30 Day Challenge! Although I received some form of compensation for this post, all opinions remain my own. Dear Diary, Although Caitlynn will always be my “baby,” she’s no longer a baby. In just a few weeks, she’ll enter her second year of preschool, and according to her, she’ll be a part of the big kid crew that teaches the three-year-olds how to follow the rules. One rule she’ll enforce–hand washing. That’s the first thing her classmates do when they enter the room before breakfast. And as a first time mom, it’s one of the first questions I asked her teachers. I wanted to know the sanitizer scoop, so I wouldn’t worry–who am I kidding? So, I would worry less–about Caitlynn coming home with germs, coughs and colds. As we prepare to go back to school, we’re taking the PURELL® 30 day challenge. It has been shown that using PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer three times a day for 30 days can help reduce the risk of getting sick. That means more time in school training to become the first female president! We added a few bottles to our back-to-school shopping list at Target, and of course, we filled up the cart with other essentials, like a backpack, writing utensils and stickers. Here’s how to head back to preschool healthy, happy and prepared. Say Cheese Be sure to add a camera to your back-to-school shopping list and capture your child’s first day at daycare or preschool. You can compare the photos to the previous year and see the growth. Make sure you print the pictures! I am the queen of digital documentation. This year, I’m pledging to develop the photos, at my mom’s request. She’s not on Facebook and says she misses out. Caitlynn likes to dress up, so we picked out an adorable shirt and short set with kitten slip on shoes. Speaking of shoes, skip the sandals. Although I like my child to look cute, it’s more important to be comfortable. She needs shoes with a good grip to run, jump and play. Buy a Big Book Bag When Caitlynn started school, I picked up a little backpack for my little girl. Then, her teacher told me I needed an upgrade. They sent home a large folder filled with assignments and alerts daily. Often, I have to send something back. Each week, they practice a new letter. Our assignment is to cut pictures out of magazines that start with the same letter. I clipped on a to-go sanitizer, since we often stop at the store or park after school. Take a Field Trip To celebrate the last days of summer, we headed to Kennywood, a local amusement park. We rode every single ride in Kiddieland and then stuffed our bellies with corn dogs, cheese fries and funnel cakes. The PURELL wipes cleaned faces, hands and tables,. The container was lightweight and fit in my tote bag. And it came in handy at the public restrooms. Since I was on a staycation this week, we also headed to the water park and an indoor playground at the shopping mall. Even after her trip to the amusement park, she begged to get on the kiddie rides at the mall. Hey DFTM Fam–What’s on the top of your back-to-school shopping list? Will you take the PURELL® 30 day challenge? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.