At what age should I put my baby in daycare?

Pabel - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone, My name is Pabel. I'm a first time mom, I have 24week old baby boy name Dior. Dior is my buundle of joy. He weighs 18lbs. Is 18lbs overweight for my son??? He is a very active baby. He keeps me occupied throughout the day. I find myself more tired as a fulltime mom. Anyone have any feedbacks for first time moms. When is the best age to put my son in daycare??? His dad want me to wait until he turns one or when he starts talking.

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Gayathri - posted on 11/21/2012

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my daughter is 1.5 months .what age will she be going tro her schools. she has a habit of biting when she is angry how to stop it .

Olga - posted on 01/17/2010

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My little one started daycare just before Christmas at 5.5 months. She loves it. I think you need to be comfortable with the centre you choose and be comfortable leaving your baby. The first week or so I put her in, it was only for short days. I think it was more for me to get used to it that for her! I think the most important thing for me is, that I feel that she is safe, I don't worry about her in that respect. But at the end of the day, you need to do what is right for you and your partner. And for Dior of course!

Nikki - posted on 01/17/2010

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My daughter started when 8 weeks about because I started school. One thing i learned is that I started her early enough I could stop in whenever and I ended up not liking my first daycare provider because she always was somewhere else when I stopped in instead of with the kids. My second daycare lady is amazing and we started her there and met with her and got to stop in whenever to watch the kids interact its great!

Iysha - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter was going ot go right into daycare when she was 4 months old and I went back to work. Luckily I had family that wanted to watch her instead. Babies go into daycare at different ages, it just depends on when you would like to/ have to. I am not sure if 18 lbs is over weight for a 6 month old. My daughter is in the 10th percentile with her weight and is 13 pounds....so she is a bit on the small side =]

Kelly - posted on 01/16/2010

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I agree that you should do it when you are ready. I realize after re-reading my post that I made it sound like you had to wait till they were at least 10 months and that wasn't what I meant. If you are having to go back to work then for sure go for it once you are ready. I was just lucky that with my first I was able to wait till he was a year and then it turned out he was 1.5 before I went back to work. With my second I am a stay at home mom and I still am going to put her in because I think it'll be more fun for her.

Sarah - posted on 01/16/2010

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Daycare is fine to start whenever you feel ready. I am a full-time working mom, and my daughter went to daycare at 13 weeks. She has done great - she really enjoys the activities and socializing. The key to daycare is to find one that you like and that provides the care that you want for your son. It seriously took me two months to find the right place, but I can bring her there and know that they take great care of her! Kids love to be around other kids...so even if you start slow, say one day a week, that's totally ok!

Kelly - posted on 01/16/2010

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I put my son in at 10 months. I had to go back to work when he was a year and I wanted him to be able to adjust slowly. Needless to say he adjusted right away and he still loves it (he's 4 and in the same daycare). It turned out to be a great thing as I had an accident on his birthday and was not able to care for him all day long. The daycare lady was so helpful we were able to leave him there past the closing because my husband's work is far and he can't make it in time for closing. They paid close attention to the kids and so the kids are learning at incredible rates. my son's birthday misses the deadline for kindergarden ( here you have to be 5 before the 30th of September) but because he is so smart (thanks to the teachers) he is being allowed to start this year instead of next year. I have a new daughter (6 months old) and I am trying to decide if I am putting her in at 10 months or not. My advice is to start shopping around for the daycare that has the best fit for you. If you find one right away get on a waiting list for the month you want to start, and if you have trouble finding a place then you have a few more months to keep looking. Watch your baby follow his cues. My son was very social, we went to the mall, the grocery store and local play groups alot we were never in the house for the whole day unless the weather was too awful to go out. If we were stuck in he'd be grouchy by lunch time. My daughter on the other hand is leary of new people and I am not sure if she'll be as interested in going out, she's perfectly happy at home snuggling me. Some places will let you bring babies in 1 or 2 days for a few weeks just to get them used to it. If it doesn't work pull him out and wait a little longer. Hope this helps.

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