Planning for Childcare, Before Conception!

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Recently, I was at a birthday party where I met a new mother. She was expressing her disappointment in her in-laws and parents for leaving her hanging when it came to childcare for her son. She felt that they should be helping her take care of her son while she works. She even expressed that they were shirking their responsibility to help her.

Parents choosing to put their children in a daycare center can expect to pay on average $200 to $300 per week, per child. 

To be honest, I was shocked. I honestly never believed or had any expectation that our parents “should” be helping us take care of our children. If they are able and want to, GREAT! If they are not in a position to, or don’t have the desire, they shouldn't be expected to come to our aid. These are our children, not theirs.

That being said, childcare is something that you should be thinking about well before your child is born. Consider whether or not you want to be home with your child all or some of the time; whether or not you have family that would be willing to take care of your children while you work; or whether or not you’ll need daycare.

Even if you decide to leave your job to stay home and care for your child, you’ll need to figure out what you’ll do to offset the loss of income. You may want to consider finding something you could do to earn money from home if your spouse's income won't cover all of your expenses. You may even decide to continue to work, but on a staggered schedule with your spouse, so that one of you will be available to the baby. If that is something that you decide to do, don’t forget to work out time together as well, so that your relationship doesn’t suffer.

What do you think?

Planning for Childcare, Before Conception!

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6 comments

  1. Profile photo of Ashleigh Ashleigh says:

    This is something that everyone should think about before becoming pregnant, but from experience I can say it’s not usually the highest priority on your list.

  2. Profile photo of kirsten kirsten says:

    Maybe it needs a bit of planning child care before having one. I have my experience taking care of kids with my niece and nephew.That’s why It’s not new to me when I’m having one of my own.

  3. Profile photo of Eva Eva says:

    I was taking care of children before I got pregnant. I let the parents choose how much they wanted to pay me because I understand how hard it can be to pay 10- 30 dollars an hour. Most of the parents paid me 5 dollars an hour which I was perfectly fine with because I got a little monster running around my house for hours!!

  4. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    tnx so much for this help me a lot

  5. Profile photo of Angelita09 Angelita09 says:

    Chilcare is extremely expensive…I was luck enough to be able to stay home for my first till he was 2 1/2. But I doubt I will be so luck for my 2nd child 🙁 great article tho! 🙂 truly agree 🙂

  6. Profile photo of Briauna Briauna says:

    I am currently 19 weeks pregnant and have been looking into childcare options since I was about 8 weeks pregnant. My ideal situation would be to have the baby at my job, I’m a preschool teacher, but even with the teacher discount its still a bit costly. I am looking into areas around my job that may work as well, not so much near my home because its about 15-20 min away from my job and even further for the child’s father. It is definitely a work in progress and sometimes stressful, but finding the right place for my child is very important to me.

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