Planning for Childcare, Before Conception!

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If daycare is going to be needed, be sure to look into pricing and availability for the facility that you want to use. Many of the well-loved and respected daycare facilities have a waiting list. (You may even need to put your name on the waiting list before you conceive!)

Consider choosing a facility that is close to work, instead of close to home, so you have to opportunity to stop by for a visit on your lunch breaks. There are places that emphasize education, music, or activities. Make sure you have a list of what is important to you, and ask lots of questions. Many daycare centers offer an online video-feed, so you can check in on your little pumpkin from any secure internet connection. Make a list of what things you need, want, and think would be nice to have from the place you'll want to entrust your little love to.

If you are going to leave your child with your parents, make sure that there are clear expectations of both parties; and lay out all scenarios on the table so that one or both parties don’t feel upset or taken advantage of.

I know this may seem like more of a business transaction than taking care of a baby, but in truth, isn’t your child your most important business?

What are you planning to do for childcare? Do any of the daycare options you love have waiting lists?

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Planning for Childcare, Before Conception!

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6 comments

  1. 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. 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. 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. LIZ says:

    tnx so much for this help me a lot

  5. 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. 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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