What is a daycare for an infant really supposed to be like?

Bridget - posted on 12/10/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello- My son is 4.5 months old and has been going to the same daycare since he was 12 weeks. What is a daycare for an infant really supposed to be like? I only have experience with this one daycare so I don't know if what I am experiencing is the norm.

I went to visit him around lunch today and there were a total of 3 babies in the infant room. One was being fed a bottle, the other was on the ground fussing and mine was lying in the crib crying while the other provider was standing over him eating her lunch.

When I puck him up after work all the kids are sitting on the floor with the care taker not playing with any toys or listening to music just waiting for their parents to pick them up. One day when I went to pick my son up they had him laying on a boppy pillow facing a toy that was on a wall with a mirror on it while the care taker was cleaning up and folding the cribs back up.

Is this the norm or what is it really supposed to be like? Please help!

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Sarah - posted on 12/12/2013

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Yep go with your gut. That is usually always right and if it is not nothing is lost by doing so. Some centers are good just not the right fit for the person/family and there is nothing wrong with finding that right fit. Some centers are not so good and going with that gut feeling is SO important. I do think that when you find that right one you have a peace about bringing your child there and having them there. I would ask around.....talk to as many people as you can. See if they know of anyone or any centers and then get the pros and cons.....every place has the pros and the cons. I would also check into in home day cares too. Just like centers some are good and some are not, but if you find a good one it might be just what you are looking for. Best of luck :)

Sarah - posted on 12/10/2013

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Yes and no....Are there times when multiple babies will be fussing...yes. But that does not mean baby should be ignored. Are there going to be times when baby is going to be left to entertain themselves at times.....yes. But that does not mean baby should be self-entertaining most of the day. I would suggest visiting other centers or in-homes. Is there a difference in feeling you get from the one you are currently using and others that you visit.....do a drop in visit to the other ones around the times you have gone to the one you are currently using. Is there a difference?

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Bridget - posted on 12/12/2013

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Thanks for the response Sarah! I am definitely going to check out other centers next week. I just don't have a good feeling about the current one. They do his foot prints with paint on something (cut out pumpkin, tree, cat, etc.) every day that he is there. I think the time would be better spent reading or singing to him. He is not learning anything from having his footprints taken. Also, they called me today and said they accidentally hit his head on a table while reaching for his pacifier and he has a bump on his head. I hope I am able to find something that I feel more comfortable with!

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