preschool and/or daycare?

Joanna - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I'm a SAHM only because I lost my job before my first daughter was born and while looking for a job at the begining of this yr I found out I am pregnant again. I want to start working when the new baby's about 6 months old, which would be middle of April 2011. My question is, should I start my 2 yr old in preschool in Jan. after the new year or wait and send them both at the same time to the daycare in April?
(I hope my question makes sense...)

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Jessica - posted on 10/03/2010

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I started my little one in daycare just before she turned 1 and I had to go back to work. I did like the other ladies are suggesting and took her and stayed for a while and then left her for a short period and worked up to leaving her all day. It was hard at first when she always cried for me, but then one day she reached for our daycare lady when we arrived and we haven't really looked back. She loves going and I think the easy transition helped a lot. Good luck!

Belinda - posted on 09/30/2010

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I would send your daughter to daycare in January also, get her used to going before the baby comes. That way not too much changes in her world at once.
My Daughter is 2 and has been going to daycare twice a week for the last 6 months. It can be a little daunting for them at first and they have to get used to the idea that you will go and also come back for them, if you throw in a new baby to that mix as well it might make alot of things harder for your little one.
Good luck and I'm sure your 2 year old will love daycare in no time at all

Julie - posted on 09/04/2010

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I think a good idea would be to start sending your daughter part-time in January, maybe just a couple days a week, just to help her transition. Is she used to being left with other people? If she has trouble, you could also spend some time at the daycare with her (and the baby) to help with the transition. Take advantage of your time home to make a smooth transition so it will be easier for everyone when you go back to work.

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