Tips for who should watch my baby after its born?

Dawn - posted on 05/23/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am a new expecting mom, and after my maternity leave is up I am going to have to go back to work! I dont live close enough to family and I am scared to put my baby in Daycare or with a nanny because of horror stories I have heard. Any tips??

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Faye - posted on 05/26/2011

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Ask others if they know of a Home Based daycare. Other options might be a church based daycare.



I found two of my three home based daycares by calling our county health department. They had a list of registered and licensed home daycare providers.



When it came to finding the third one, my mom suggested a family friend who had watched my brother and I grow up as her youngest kids were the same age as us. We loved Nana Sharon. Even today my daughter (20 in July) and son (16 this last Jan) ask about her.



Funny to report: Nana Sharon was getting her soon to be 5 year olds ready for school. She had a series of questions she asked, (where mom works, mom's name, your address, your phone number, dad's name, mom's work number, that kind of thing). My son is 3 at the time and he rasied his hand to answer the question. She called on all the 5 yo then all the 4 yo and his hand is still up. She asked him what he needed. He said, "I want to answer, Nana." She said "ok, Timmy where does your mom work?" He answered with "far far away." (I worked 15 mintues from her but to him it was "far far away". The answer she wanted was the name of the place I worked.) As she was laughing she said "OK". She had to wait a bit before she could proceed to ask the next question as she was laughing to hard to continue.

Jessy - posted on 05/26/2011

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My daughter attends daycare that I absolutely Iove ..I looked at several daycares.For the 1st 6months my dad kept her due to him losing his job.But when he returned to work when she was 7months daycare was my only option now she 14months and loves the teachers and friends. But listen to yourself and make decision that ur comfortable with

Lydia - posted on 05/24/2011

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I agree you should start looking for day care or nanny options now. I went to daycare centers while I was pregnant and the I found that the best advice came from the parents whose children were attending. In the end I chose part time work and a nanny for my twins.

Amy - posted on 05/23/2011

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Ask your coworkers and neighbors if they recommend someone. Start looking as soon as the baby is born especially since you know you are going to be aproctective mommy. My husband and I only looked at a couple places and decided neither of us were ever going to be comfortable with putting the kids in daycare so he works a second shift, gets home at 3 in the morning and watches the kids during the day, it's very rough but that's what works for us.

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