Daycare what age

Joelene - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )




my son has just turned 2 years old and i was thinking of putting him in daycare for 1 day a week to mix with other kids. Im not sure if i should wait until he is 3 or put him in now. What are the benifets/drawbacks? And do they come home with any bad habits? Please help


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Kathy - posted on 08/20/2010




My daughter is 11 months and I had to go back to work this week, so she started daycare. She LOVES it there, they love her, she's made some friends, BUT I miss her, and it breaks my heart every morning when I drop her off. Its your call, but personally if I didn't have to work I would have just found a mom & baby group or play group to take her to. Some of those are free and daycare here is SOOOO expensive. We're paying almost 900 Canadian for one baby

Naiza - posted on 08/20/2010




My son is 3.5 and has been going to school since January of this year (shortly after turning 3). I was fearful of him being delayed in his speech and not fully understanding how to interact with other kids (even though he has 4 cousins that he plays with) so my ped and I both came to the conclusion of enrolling him in school. He goes to a Montessori school 3x a week (MWF) and it has definitely improved his social skills.. I believe they were always there; something just needed to give him a nice push to blossom. = )

Alison - posted on 08/18/2010




If you have this option, I say take it! At age 2, he very well might enjoy the change of scenery and it can be such a fabulous break for you!

Ursula - posted on 08/18/2010




Im sure its nt so much the age but whether you think it is time.there are quite a number of things one had to look at before sending our kids off to daycare. 1st visit the daycare you would send your child to. I think moms are at ease when they are happy bout the place and teachers. each child respond differently on their first day. try sending him for 1 day and gradually hav him stay longer. you wil be suprise how well they wil adapt. dont worry bout other things..and if you not happy or he is nt happy after 2 wks dont hesitate to take him out. I have 2 girls and each 1 reacted differently towards daycare. today Im happy that I followd my heart! I trust this has help.

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If you don't have to for work purposes.... I wouldn't and didn't. We attended playgroups several times a week (socialization for kids AND moms). My twins started preschool 2 months after their 3rd bday though and were there 5 hours/day, 5 days/week and loved it.

Sarah - posted on 08/18/2010




it all depends on the daycare center how your child will react! i worked in a daycare center and most of the kids were brats... they never had consistancy in the older rooms. i would say the sooner the better! yes your child will probably pick up on things other kids are doing... but it depends on how the adults react to it if he will think they are good behaviors or bad ones! he will get socialization but you don't have to go to daycare to get that! my mom was a stay at home mom with my brother and i and we had lots of oppertunities to socialize through church activities, story hour, and other things. after having worked in a daycare i just don't trust that what you see when you're there is whats really going on so i will be a stay at home mom with my son (i'm due in a month) and i also do daycare for 1 child currently that way he can get one on one time!

Heather - posted on 08/18/2010




I have always had to work and not had the luxury of being home with my kids. They went off the daycare/babysitters as soon as I had to return from work after their birth, usually about six weeks. They both had private babysitter, either family or close friends when they were very small and went to a larger day care when they were about your child's age (or when they were potty trained) places where I live charge extra (quite a bit extra) if your child isn't potty trained.

Wendy - posted on 08/18/2010




My kids all went when they were 3 so I don't have any frame of reference...I know lots of my friends who took their kids in earlier and they were fine. It is a great way for them to learn to socialize and for you to have a break! Maybe you could have a babysitter/nanny-type person come to your house once a week and "play" daycare with him and tell him that pretty soon he'll be going to a big boy daycare. I would try to find a daycare provider in a home environment and only leave him for 1/2 a day at first then tell him he'll be staying for a whole day when he's a bigger boy...something like that.

The only time my kids got any bad habits was when my oldest asked me about sex...a little girl said her parents had sex and he wanted to know ALL about it!

Head off potential bad habits with the old "our family does things differently, all families are different..." routine. He'll be fine!!!

Nikki - posted on 08/17/2010




I believe the sooner the better, its great for their socialization and they learn so much and do so many fun activites it would be very beneficial for him.
We are having a very tough time because I have to go back to work which means my son needs to go into daycare, and not only is it breaking my heart but his seperation anxiety has only gotten worse in the last 3-4 months. My son will be 16 months when he starts daycare, we are taking him in once a week now to get him comfortable and he absolutely loves it, but I have yet to leave him there alone. It took us awhile to find a place we were comfortable with but we love this one and know that this (as much as I wish I could stay home with him forever ) in the long run will be really good for him.

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