Babysitter / Daycare

Sarah - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 25 month old daughter has never been to daycare and has only had my family watch her. Im starting a new job in a couple of weeks and Im really freeking out about having to get her into daycare. How have your experiences been and do you think that having her go to a babysitter at someones house is better, or going to a actual daycare?

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Jen - posted on 01/24/2010

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My daughter has been in day care since she was 4 months old. She was really only sick the first few weeks and has been fine ever since. They do pick up bad habits though like hitting and biting, but they get to be with kids their own age. It is pricey though and you should look at least a month in advance because a lot of day cares have waiting lists. There are also home day cares where they are exposed to different age ranges and like Darlene said there are tons of SAHM who are looking to watch another child or 2 their children's ages. Make sure you check out different places through what ever agency supervises day cares in your area. Always get a background check if you choose to go with a babysitter.

User - posted on 01/24/2010

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There are pros and cons about each. At a babysitters, she'll have more one on one, but less social interaction with other kids. At a daycare, she'll be around other kids, but there's more chance of sicknesses. If you could find a stay at home mom with kids around your daughter's age and with the same values as yours, that could be a great option. Keep in mind though, that she'll need to take vacations, and go to doctor's appointments. If you do choose daycare, be sure to check out a few places and to visit at different times of day to be sure you like all aspects of it.
My son just started at daycare last week. I have worked in daycares for years (I am now a nanny) and was VERY specific about what I was looking for. I think I found a great place and am so far very happy and he LOVES it, which I guess is the most important! :)!

Erin - posted on 01/23/2010

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my daughter isn't in daycare or anything right now just for the simple fact that we just don't have the money right now but we plan. it will help their social skills. which is a big step in itself but if you go ahead and send her to daycare now she will be use to being around other kids so when that first day of kindergarden comes around she will be ready to learn and not worry about being in a class room with 20 other kids.

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