We are finally starting to seriously look into daycares for Baby MPB. We still have our temporary nanny, but we know we could lose her any day as she is actively looking for work in her chosen profession. And, while having a nanny giving full time attention on Baby MPB has it’s benefits (i.e. baby MPB is at home so we can snuggle and check in on him at any moment, he gets constant attention, we know what he’s eating, etc.) we do think it is getting closer to the point where we’d like him in daycare.
Our main driving force behind this is that we think Baby MPB would benefit from being around other children on a regular basis. I think there is something to be said about being socialized with other children. Watching him over the holiday’s it was very evident that he absolutely loved the action and energy of his cousins and friends. And, the reality is right now he is an only child and that’s not about to change anytime soon, so the best way to get him exposed to other children on a regular basis, is to look into daycares.
As a quick aside, we would consider a day-home (a maximum of 6 kids are cared for within a private residence) but we cannot find any government approved ones in close proximity to our house. But, we have a lot of daycare options around us, so daycare it is.
I wont lie, I love having him at home while we are working. I joke that I’d be happy to keep him at home forever, but I know this really isn’t true! But, we do think for his overall development we should consider transitioning him to a more kid-centric setting somewhere between 12-18 months. And, since we may lose the temporary nanny at any time, we really should at least have our ducks in a row and have a daycare selected sooner rather then later. We are relieved that we should be able to get a spot for him in our preferred centre without any wait, thanks to the poor state of the economy where we live.
Also, I have a new found concern about daycare – Baby MPB picking up bad germs and bringing them home. This honestly has more to do with me then him – so far he’s been very resilient whenever he’s been sick, and I do think he’ll be fine. However, it’s become quite clear that I am not resilient as I seem to have essentially no natural immunity to any sort of illness. Also, as both Mr. MPB and I are both self-employed if Baby MPB cannot go to daycare because he has a cold that means one of us cannot work which will be a challenge since neither of us have any sort of company support to accommodate sick days. So, I’m curious how often are daycare kids (and parents) sick? Does anyone happen to know how many days a month the average daycare kid misses because of illness?
Regardless of my not so healthy half-joking desire to keep Baby MPB home with me for the rest of my lives and what I think are reasonable fears of illness, we have decided to go check out 4 different daycare centres that are pretty close to our house. I’m really hoping I don’t turn into a slightly crazy over-protective mom and hate them all for some silly reason!
Does anyone have any advice for what to watch for at each daycare? And, what questions should we ask when we tour them? And should Baby MPB tour them with us?
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