"Too young for daycare"?

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"Too young for daycare"?
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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 10:12pm

I was considering going to work full time starting in the fall, and when I told my mother she said that 1 year old is too young for Joe to be suddenly thrust into full time daycare. When I think of the combination of how his separation anxiety will be at its peak and the fact that he's never been in daycare, I agree that for him, under his circumstances, it might be much less of a shock if I wait until he's 2 years old (of course by then I might be having my next child and the whole thing will start over again, LOL).

But anyway, "too young for full-time daycare"? What do you consider to be too young for full-time daycare? I've always had the "6 weeks, then back to work" American expectation in my head, so this is actually a new thought for me.

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Fri, 02-15-2008 - 10:52pm

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Fri, 02-15-2008 - 10:54pm

True, the expectation of me being there 24/7 and then "pulling the rug out" would be the more upsetting factor than age itself. I'm thinking of moving it to 2 so that I can give him time to be in othercare-type settings. At the moment, I'm making it a point to go to the gym every day for a good 45 minutes to an hour. The gym has a kid's club that Joe LOVES, and I'm hoping that this will be a start to the understanding that "Mommy is leaving but she's coming back and I'll be okay here until she does."

Are there other things I can do to get him used to the concept of being in othercare?

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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 7:54am
The gym is a great start -- when you're getting ready to go back you might do some "dry runs' at the daycare -- a day or two a week to get him used to the place -- again your daycare provider will probbly have some good insight into this.
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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 8:31am

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and what's SO bad about that?

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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 9:32am
The other thing I thought of is that you can make sure the dcp will call you later int eh day to let you know he's ok. They did this for me on mornings Liza was a screaming banshee -- (and that was as recently as 3 years ago in daycampLOL) usually about 20 minutes later I'd get the call taht "she's fine and smiling and playing" and that always made my day easier.
"If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break. That is my opinion,"

- Jeane "Dear Abby" Phillips, in an interview with Lisa Leff.

 

Yes. We. Did.

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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 10:39am
So far I haven't found anyplace that will take an infant less than full time, otherwise he'd already be in there two afternoons a week. I called around, and all the centers are all-or-nothing. I would have to pay the full $200 per week whether he's in there for 4 hours or 40 hours. It's kind of annoying.
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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 10:44am
that's pretty common for infant care though -- and from their business standpoint it makes sense -- i just bit the bullet with liza and paid for a couple of weeks but only brought her a few days at first - of course she was only 4 months old then
"If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break. That is my opinion,"

- Jeane "Dear Abby" Phillips, in an interview with Lisa Leff.

 

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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 11:55am
Yeah, except that I can't afford to pay $200 a week without working full-time.
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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 2:37pm
I know...but from their angle they have to have enouh staff on to handle an infant so they ahave to go on the assumption the infant will be there every day so that they can make sure they have enough staff on hand - which only means better care for your son in the long run. I know it's frustrating but take heart in the fact that the cost of care drops as they get older -- kinda like when they get out of diapers it's like getting a raise! LOL
"If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break. That is my opinion,"

- Jeane "Dear Abby" Phillips, in an interview with Lisa Leff.

 

Yes. We. Did.

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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 4:02pm

"I went and checked on her a few times and she was always in her car seat in the corner of the room by herself. They didn't even really pick her up except to feed and change her. That's was scares me about public daycare, that she wouldn't be held very much. Another time I tried the childcare at the gym. Again the lady didn't even pick her up and she sat there in her carseat. I won't use them again."

Was she crying? If not, then what's the problem? If the baby is content, why must she be held? Does she never go in a bouncy seat, exersaucer, playpen, swing, etc at home? Or is she in your arms 24/7?

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