"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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Registered: 10-24-2007
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 10:30pm

I believe that newborn babies can get used to anything and will adapt, but that (exactly as you are suggesting) 12 months is not a good age to take a child from a SAHP situation to a DC situation.

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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 10:36pm
My ds started at daycare at 4 months old and had no problems at all.
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Thu, 02-14-2008 - 6:50am

i think infants adjust easily b/c they're you know..infants -- a 12-18 month old could have a rocky start BUT I imagine that rocky start will only fe a few days and will probably be harder on you than on him.... I'd talk to the daycare ahead of time about how they handle kids this age with separation anxiety issues... see if you can come up with a plan together.

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Thu, 02-14-2008 - 7:06am
With my experience in the church nursery, I'd say it depends greatly on the child. A clingier child will take a lot longer to adjust. And some will be more comfortable/happy with fewer days a week, while others would do better with every day but for shorter periods. It's kind of hard to know who will be who, either.

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Thu, 02-14-2008 - 7:08am

I went back to work full time when DD was 1. She's with DH all day, but it was still an adjustment for all of us. She had a rough few days, but you wouldn't know it now.

I think 12 months is a good age for kids to be in daycare. They are starting to really be able to interact with other kids.

If I were you, I'd probably go back to work-- especially since you have a pretty flexible job, right? Will you be teaching?

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Thu, 02-14-2008 - 8:31am
My current teaching job is very flexible, yes, and I intend to stay in it as a career. But I'm getting my elementary teacher certification (as a backup), and that requires a 1-year full-time internship. I was going to start the internship in the fall, but I've decided to put that off until DS is older. After all, I'm in no rush. Right now I teach college classes two afternoons a week while my mother watches him. The straight leap from 8 hours with grandma to 40 hours at daycare might be to much for a 1-year-old.
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Thu, 02-14-2008 - 9:49am

when my oldest was born,i returned to a job when she was 6 months old and quit all together when dd2 was born.

 

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Thu, 02-14-2008 - 10:33am
I disagree - the standard time phase for separation anxiety in infants is about 7 months - by 1 year, it has passed. My experience is that an 18 year old or 2 year old will have a MUCH more difficult time adjusting than a 1 year old.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 02-14-2008 - 1:23pm

I prefer babies start in my daycare anywhere from 3 months to 6 months old.

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Hi, I am a SAHM of a 17 month old boy. I wouldn't feel comfortable placing my child in the care of others (besides close trusted family) until they are at least old enough to talk and tell me how their day went. I personally would worry like crazy if my infant or young toddler were in dc. However, I think that if you're going to use a dcp one year old is not a great age to start. Two would probably

  


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