As a parent, one of the things we might have to do is work… outside the home. You know. A job that brings in money. Part of this may result in your child(ren) being in day care. I know a lot of you who read here are stay at home moms, but I also know many of you work.
While I’m not sure when I’m going to work, and at what hours they will be at, and even if I will need to find care for Lucas, I want to look at all options available. Even though I think I already know what I want and what is best, it’s great to hear from other moms who have been-there-done-that.
My wish is that when I have to find care for Lucas it will be someone that comes to our house. I don’t care how much it cost. It’s worth it! Honestly, I dread putting my son in day care. It scares the crap out of me.
I want to look at both though: a day care center or a babysitter/nanny. Which is better, and why?
Maybe some parents don’t have a choice in which care they choose. What did you choose and why or what do you hope to choose when you return to work?
Here are a few positives and negatives in both situations…
- Play and socialize with with other kids (we get this from play groups!)
- Be around a wide variety of people and activities
- Usually cheaper than home babysitter (around $3-7/hour from what I’ve seen so far)
- Lots of children
- Not as much (or any) 1 on 1 time with child
- More germs
- Different care givers- high turn around rate at most day care centers
- Food isn’t as healthy
- Child can nap at home and be in his/her own environment
- 1 on 1
- If your child is on a “special” diet or you use cloth diapers or have “special” requests, it’s easier to meet them
- You can get to know the care giver better and feel more comfortable with them
- You don’t have any say in what they play with (at home you provide the toys, games, crafts, etc)
- More expensive ($8-11/hour)
- What if they cancel last minute? A day care center would always be open.
Side note: My husband and I are going to open a day care center… one day. I have high expectations for the care that a center provides. HIGH. I have not been impressed with any of the day care/learning centers I have seen around here. I hope that one day I’m able to open the most amazing center ever!