When did you start your preemie in day care?

Kristen - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am curious when you guys started your preemies in day care? I have a 24 weeker who is coming onto 1 years old, and I need to go back to work full time...day care is seeming like the only option. When did you put your miracles in day care, what were the outcomes?

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Ashton - posted on 09/06/2009

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I JUST NOW STARTED MY PREEMIE IN DAYCARE AND HE IS 3YRS OLD NOW. BUT IT DOES MAKE A FIFFERENCE CAUSE I SEE HE GETS SICK A LOT EASIER NOW AND BRINGS SO MUCH HOME NOW.

Wendi - posted on 09/06/2009

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My first one started daycare when she was 4 months old and did fantastic. My 2nd one started 2 to 3 days at week at 3 months and is doing very well, dr didn't want her starting full time until she was 6 months old that way her imune system would be more developed

Kristy-lea - posted on 09/02/2009

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i started my son (born 10 weeks prem) at the age of 3 he is doing really well and absolutly loving it he goes for 2 days a week, and i started my daughter (born 5 weeks prem) at the age of 1 and a half she is also doin really well and alsogoes for 2 days a week they are really good where they go small class sizes very hygienic because my 2 were prem the are prone to catch pretty much any sickness another child has

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MY PREEMIES ALL STARTED AFTER ABOUT 36 MONTHS BECAUSE THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEMS HAD GOT BETTER TO BE AROUND OTHER LITTLE ONES, BUT BE CAREFUL CAUSE BEING AROUND OTHERS IT IS EASY FOR THAY TO CATCH EVERY LITTLE THING.

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I never did start my 24 weeker in child care, but I was a child care director before having him and deciding to stay home to care for him. If your little one had a pretty healthy year, that's a good sign that he or she will probably do ok in child care. Just choose one who has small classroom sizes and is strict about health policy's and sanitizing toys. Of course being around other children, new children to this type of environment do seem to get sick more often at first, but it is also a way to build the immune system - if they can handle it. Full term kids can normally handle it - preemies may need some extra care. If your little one has not had a healthy year, or has underlying health concerns, you may want to look for a center that caters to high risk and medically fragile children. In any event - good luck with your search!

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