to be or not to be

Gretchen - posted on 10/09/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am having the hardest time deciding whether or not to put my baby in daycare. The thought of leaving him with a complete stranger is so heart wrenching for me. I want to help my family financially...but I really dont want to leave my baby. Hes 4 months old. I have no family or friends who can babysit for me. The person that i always thought i would have when i had a baby was my mom, but she passed away when i was 7 months pregnant. My husband works an extremely unpredictable work schedule. Somedays he gets home at 11am, some days 11pm. Daycares are so expensive and I dont want to leave him with someone he and I dont know.

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Alexsandra - posted on 10/12/2013

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Trust your instincts! Would you leave the most valuable thing you had, even a material item, with a stranger? We are SO cavalier about our babies/children! If you were to loan money, even to a friend, wouldn't you want it to be someone you really trusted? Infants need as much physical contact as possible, the more the better, and research reveals that. No daycare would ever provide that unless you provide a LOT more money. And even then, would you trust that they do it. Way too many babies are abused by other children in daycares and you rarely find out about it . . .

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