Going to Daycare for the First Time

Kristen - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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This is absolutely devastating!! I have been a stay at home mom for a little over 6 months now. (My son will be 2 on July 2nd)
I am ready to go back to work. Ready to start financially contributing again. I didn't think finding a baby sitter would be that big of a deal. I am really nervous about sending him to a big center due to the fact that his vocab isn't big enough yet to tell me if some one hit him, or hurt him in anyway. I want a small in home daycare when there are few children. Anyway..

I began my search for daycare today. (I have a job interview tomorrow for a position I was almost guaranteed to receive.) The entire time I was reading over post after post of day care providers in my area I was bawling like a baby. I don't know why. I just was. I don't want to leave my little man with anyone else yet!! I honestly didn't think it would be this big of an issue. I know he will be fine but I'm freaking out!!

So did any of you other moms have troubles putting your bundle of joy into daycare? How long did it take for the tears to stop?

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Nicole - posted on 05/12/2011

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I don't care who you are, it's always hard to let go and trust someone else to take care of your child. My daughter is 2 and has been going since she was 9 months. I originally signed up with one center and last minute switched to another just because of the feelings you feel about something...like this is so much better and brighter. I only cried the first day for 10 minutes after I left but the guilt is there almost everyday I drop her off. Her vocab is expanding by the minute but my center is excellent. If there's an accident, they talk to me about what happened, what they did and how she did afterwards. I also get a report card everyday of how much and what she ate, when she took a nap and for how long and everytime she went to the potty/diaper change. I know my daughter enjoys going and is getting the exposure to other kids that she needs. She is learning a lot and I can walk in and out of my daycare center everyday knowing my daughter had fun and that's what counts.

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Sarah - posted on 05/18/2011

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Financially, sometime the bigger centers are easier for people to afford, but if you can, try to find a really good home daycare. We did the big center first and are now in a home day care and I can't tell you how much we love it! It really takes a lot of research to find a good one. If there's even one thing you're not comfortable with, don't go with the center! You're allowed to be picky when it comes to your child's care. Hang in there! The first week is always the hardest. It's usually best to take them there for half days for about a week so they get used to the idea of going. I cried for a week after I took my little guy to daycare. I would actually go and visit him on my lunch hour, but that would only make me more miserable. Now, he hates leaving daycare because of all the buddies he's made.

Carly - posted on 05/18/2011

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Oh you poor thing. That is so so sad!!! Where do you live? I have a fabulous daycare in Port Coquitlam. The lady is truly amazing. You will find someone and the tears will stop when you see that your little boy is thriving and happy like mine is. He loves his everyday 'playdate' - it helps when you trust and are confident in who you choose. It takes time and you have to do your research. You are totally ALLOWED to feel the way you do it is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. My son is only 1 years old and he started his first day of full time day care when I went back to work ONE DAY before his 1st bday - it IS devastating and it is beyond hard but you will get through it I promise you it will be okay!!! Make sure you find a licenced daycare though - has to be licensed and take him in a couple times with you before you leave him. Let him get used to the new environment before you leave him for the first time. That way you can see the other kids as well and the other parents coming and going, get a real feel for it. Good luck!!! and Ps I agree with the other Mom's comment about the guilt - the tears may stop the guilt never will!!! EVER!

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