Childcare Dilemma

Cynde - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Our daughter, who was born on May 3, is still in the NICU. We are hoping that she'll be home by her original due date, which is July 28. However, we are unsure what to do about childcare. We originally planned to put her in a local daycare since both of us work, but with her immune system being so weak, we have been advised to keep her out of daycare until she's at least a year old, if not two. We looked into me leaving my job so we could get some form of financial assistance and I could stay home with her, but that ended up not being a realistic option for us. We are going to try to each work 4 day weeks instead of 5 so I can stay with her on Fridays and Jon and stay with her on Mondays, but we'll need someone to watch her Tuesday - Thursday. Does anyone have any advice on where to begin the search for a QUALIFIED and TRUSTWORTHY individual to stay with her on those days? We've been told to stay away from people who have young children already because they will transfer the germs from their children to our daughter, and if she catches anything too early, she'll end up back in the NICU. Any advice on any aspect of this childcare thing would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! :)

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Ashley - posted on 09/02/2009

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try checking with friends and coworkers about their babysitters, i have a 16 month old and am pregnant again and for me to stay at home with my baby i have been babysitting other children for the past couple years since i got too far in the pregnancy with my son to handle a real job. there may be some one in your area that has a liscence and isnt watching too many kids. or even you may want to look into seeing if that might make it possible for you to stay home if you watched a few kids at your house. just a thought dont know if itd work for u just wanted to share what worked for me

Lauren - posted on 08/30/2009

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hi,
do they offer family ay car in the US?? its when the care is in a qualified care givers home, not a centre. there is often only a few othtr children and the care is more personal and therefore your child wont be exposed to the some infections and illness as she would in cantre based care. but at the same time she will be exposed.
but also at the same time when you go out shopping or to a park or play centre you little baby will be exposed to illnesses anyway. another option is maybe a small centre in comparasion to a larger centre. but if a centre has excellent hygiene practices infections should be kept to min anyway.
this is a hard one because you have your doc telling you one thing and wanting to ensure your childs well being and then what you can actully afford to do.
my personal advice is check out what is out there as in family day care and smaller centres. also check out friends and family members

Kristi - posted on 06/28/2009

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Sounds like a stressful situation for your family. I am thankful I haven't had to deal with the concern of daycare yet, and I don't have the concerns about a compromised immune system (at least to the extent of yours). Sounds like the option of someone you know who is retired is a good idea. I can't really think of any other options, if one of you staying home isn't an option at all!

I wish you luck

Cynde - posted on 06/25/2009

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Thanks, Anna! I really wish my mother could watch her, but she lives in Tennessee, and we live in West Virginia. Jon's parents both work, so we can't ask them. We are thinking about asking a woman I used to work with who retired several months ago. However, I'm always open for other suggestions!

Anna - posted on 06/25/2009

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Hi Cynde, Good luck with the child care issue. Do you have a trusted friend or family member that would help out? About the time that I had to make a decision about going back to work my husband was laid off. So he is home with Jesse while I am working. When he finds a new job we will have to figure something else out.

Anna - posted on 06/25/2009

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Hi Cynde, Good luck with the child care issue. Do you have a trusted friend or family member that would help out? About the time that I had to make a decision about going back to work my husband was laid off. So he is home with Jesse while I am working. When he finds a new job we will have to figure something else out.

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