@babyroma, when will your H sleep?
If you're a S+TM:
What did you do with your previous children in regards to
child care? How did that work out, and will you do the same for your next?
My daughter goes to daycare at a center. This is
a must for us as we need the reliability of knowing when they are open. Also,
working in the insurance industry has made me very wary of home daycares. I
have a place that has video monitoring and while I know no place is 100% safe I
feel very safe there.
I also prefer a center because there is a curriculum,
my daughter is with similarly aged kids, and they don’t take vacations 😊 I like to plan when I want to
take vacation based on MY schedule.
What kind of questions do you recommend prospective moms
asking when visiting places?
Do they dispense medications if needed, do they
allow cloth diapers (if that’s your thing), do you have to defrost breast milk
or will they accept frozen, what is their method of discipline, teaching curriculum,
schedule. I prefer a set nap schedule. My daughter never napped except when I
was holding her until she started daycare haha.
What were your priorities when looking for child care
places? What were deal makers or deal breakers?
Our first place did not dispense medication and
that was a struggle. For me it is accountability, cleanliness, and a definite
schedule. Having them provide meals is really nice as peer pressure gets kids
to eat their vegetables. Our new place does not do that so will be a big change.
The whole breast milk handling situation can be annoying – our new place will
accept and thaw frozen which I think will be really helpful. Communication is
really key. A lot of centers have apps that you get updates and photos of and
it has been amazing.
I agree with @craftywitch any type of electronics/t.v.
would be a huge NO for me. My DD loves music and toys so I don’t have a problem
with them 😊
Any other tips or hints are welcome!
Tour early – like I would start now if you haven’t.
Our state guidelines have a 4/1 infant to
teacher ratio until 3 so ratio isn’t a huge thing here.
@babyroma – newborns do sleep a
lot for an hour at a time. Your husband will need some time to sleep. It is
truly difficult to WFH with a kid. I have tried to do it a few times when my DD
was sick and not allowed at school, but even as a baby it is just impossible.
They do demand your attention constantly.
@jessieR358 I’m another awkward hours healthcare worker. Did you try to standardize your hours at all or were you able to find help that’s flexible? I feel like I just started looking and it looks grim. I’m not a good candidate for the daycare route bc I’ll only need someone on certain days and off hours as is. My husband has a regular 9-5