When is a good age to put your child in daycare?

LATOYA - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 15 months and he dosen't do a lot of talking as of yet. I'm working 2 part time jobs and my boyfriend (my sons father) works 2 part time jobs too. But, now my boyfriend want to go back to full time work. Right now we are doing good far watching my son when one of us go to work. But, if my boyfriend go back full time then I know we gonna have to do daycare. So when do you think is a good time for daycare? I say once my son is but 3 years old, cause he should be talking really good. Help please!

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Lauren - posted on 12/01/2009

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my daughter went to daycare when she was 10 months old and absolutely loves it,i have never had a problem with her not wanting to stay there i think if u wait to long the more they will get attached and the harder it will be...i was alwasy against child care becaus ei felt no one could look after my child the way i could but i was pregnant with my 2nd and i knew there would be days where id want to have half a break so to speak so i put her in for 2 days a week and she is now 15 months old and have had no problems so far...good luck but i believe there would be nothing to worry about

Bernadette - posted on 12/01/2009

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I'm not sure how old this is but my daughter is an only child and I had the same problem with her wit talking! I put her in daycare right when she turned 2 and I'm tellin you,I should've put her in there like 1 or 1 and a half! She's doin great..a regular lil'motor mouth"smile"! She learned her ABC's,numbers,colors and lots more...all the things I tried to teach her! I think it has a lot to do with the enviroment and them beeing around other kids their age! She absolutly loves daycare!

Bernadette - posted on 12/01/2009

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I agree Lauren...the longer you wait the more attached they are! learned from experience..lol!

Ashley - posted on 12/01/2009

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My son has been in daycare since he was 6 weeks old. He is going to be 2 years old on the 19th. He talks nonstop we can't get him to be quiet. He likes being with other children and I think it is helping his social skills also. He has the normal problems that 2 years old do, sharing, hitting, biting but i am told those are normal things that happen at daycare and they will out grow them. He is slowly but id rather get it out of the road now rather than waiting till hes older and it can't be fixed. Everyone's situation is different what ever works is fine. Just always talk to your son and show him things read books to him even if they have alot of pictures those are some things that my grandparents have done with my son and it seems to help. Make it into a game maybe he will get into it. I don't know what you have tried but you might give those ideas a try. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 12/01/2009

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I work at a daycare center and we begin accepting infants as young as 1 month. I did not go back to work until my daughter was 2 1/2 months. I had no choice because I had to work and her father worked full time too. I wish I could have been a stay at home mom or kept her out of daycare longer for health reasons. Daycare at a young age though can be very helpful. My age group I work with is 15 months to 2years 9 months and I enjoy this group very much. I have some children who are learning how to talk because of their peers who are already talking. I think your son will do fine once he settles into the routine of the class he is in.

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User - posted on 05/21/2012

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I know that i am very old school. I don't think a daycare place is as good as Grandma's ! no one can give her the love she needs. And at home grammy can do flash card for spelling ,math, colors , directions that a daycare does not for one on one.

Bernadette - posted on 12/01/2009

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I had that problem too Latoya about the best daycare...I did my research on my own by visting different daycare including home daycares and thats how i determined the best one! They even helped with her potty traning...i must say I picked a great daycare!

LATOYA - posted on 12/01/2009

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Thanks, that really helps. Cause believe or not my next question was gonna be "What's the best type of childcare?" Thanks!

Candice - posted on 12/01/2009

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my daughter has been in home daycare since she was 7 months. she loves it and so do i. If you're worried about whether they can tell you if anything is wrong..you can tell without them talking just by looking at their behaviour when you drop them off and pick them up. trust me. he'll be ok.

Sharon - posted on 12/01/2009

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My first born child went into child care when she was 12 months old for 2 days a week. My 2nd child went in when he was 8 months old as I had to return to work for my 2 days a week back then. They were both fine and had a wonderful time and learnt lots of new skills and made new friends. Now of course I am a SAHM but my son still goes into child care one day a week as he loves it. I dont have any family close by to help me at all so it is a bit more difficult sometimes. Really it is up to you and it all depends on your circumstances. I found myself a wonderful child care as it is run by a husband and wife team who has been doing it for 30 years so I feel really comfortable with them. I am sure it will all work out fine whatever you decide.

Sharolett - posted on 12/01/2009

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My oldest went to an in home childcare when he was 2. Now I have an in home childcare. I will not take any kids under 5 months. I am not saying regular daycares are bad they aren't I like the in home they get more attention because not so many kids. That is just my opinion. Hope it helps!

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