Finding The Right Child Care For Your Baby - by Sarah Veda
If youíre planning to go back to work after your baby is born, child
care is a major concern. Your childcare provider will be spending a lot
of time with your child, so it is critical that you be comfortable with
the environment and the style of care your child will be receiving. There
are several alternatives, each with pros and cons. Spend some time evaluating
each option, so that you can make the choice that best suits your needs.
The first option is in-home child care, meaning a sitter, or nanny who
comes to your home to watch the child. This is by far the most expensive
option, but it has many advantages. Your child will be at home, and will
have the full attention of the nanny. In addition, your child will be exposed
to fewer illnesses, and you will not have to transport her back and forth
on your way to and from work. The main disadvantage is that you have no
real backup if your nanny gets sick or wants to take vacation. Another
thing to consider is your feelings if your child develops a very strong
bond with the nanny. More than one mother has been hurt by the sense that
the baby is more comfortable with the nanny than with her.
The second option is a small home daycare, meaning you find someone
who will keep your child in her home, perhaps with her own children or
one or two others. This is a good option if you want your child in a home
atmosphere, but canít afford the full time nanny. This option shares the
same disadvantages of having a nanny in terms of no backup plan.
The third option is a traditional daycare center. Traditional daycares
are affordable, and there is no need to worry about a caretaker getting
sick or wanting to take vacation. A daycare might also be more of a learning
environment than home care, which will become more important to you as
your child gets older. The main disadvantages of daycares are that your
child is exposed to all the germs of all the children. Be prepared for
the both of you to be sick for a year. The other disadvantage is the numbers
of children being cared for. For example, in most states, the law requires
one caretaker per eight babies. Now, I donít know about you, but I could
not effectively care for eight babies alone. So, if you decide to use a
daycare center, be sure to ask their caretaker to child ratio. Look for
one with about five babies per caretaker.
Choosing your babyís childcare arrangement is one of the most important
decisions youíll make. Even after youíve chosen a care option, be diligent
about ensuring that your child is receiving the best care. Drop in unannounced
at odd times of day to see whatís going on. Donít be afraid to ask questions,
and let the caretaker know whatís important to you. Itís critical not only
to your childís well being, but to your own piece of mind.
About The Author
Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys and one girl.
She spent many years as a manager in the corporate world, and gave it up
to be a stay at home mom.
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