thoughts on child care for my one year old

Lauren - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




I have a daughter who will be turning 1 in August and im due to have my second daughter 9 days later,i am thinking of putting my nearly one year old in child care for 2 half days,so i can have a little rest and also for my daughter so she doesnt get too attached and gets used to being with other babies and away from home,for when i eventually return to work,can i have peoples opinions and thoughts on this?like are childcare centres good for kids? ive always been a bit worried about my child going to one.


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Sarah - posted on 07/24/2009




I think just like anything there are good things and bad things about centers. You can find both good and bad centers. Do your research. Talk to parents that use the center, drop-in unannonced, ask a TON of questions, and go with your gut (sometimes that tells you more than anything). There are also good and bad things about having kids in a daycare center. They learn to share, socialize, make friends, and just learn (speaking, potty training, alphabet, numbers, etc.) from the other kids. But along with that they learn bad behaviors too (hitting, bitting, teasing, etc.), it is less one-on-one, and there are more exposure to germs/diseases. One thing I would suggest is not starting your daughter in daycare right after baby comes. This could lead to issues of jealousy, resentment, etc. since baby gets to stay home with mom, but she does not. Either start before the baby comes or after when you will start the baby or when everyone has had time to adjust (2-3 mos. after the birth).

Lynlee - posted on 07/23/2009




I think the jury's out on whether childcare centres are good for kids or not. Some kids love it and others don't. There are lots of advantages of sending your child to one but also disadvantages. If you are concerned about sending your daughter to one, maybe investigate having a friend or elderly couple look after her for a couple of days a week. She will get one-on-one attention and it's great for her to learn from older people and form close attachments to one or two people.

Debra - posted on 07/23/2009




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