I think I've finally narrowed it down to two choices. Unfortunately, my DH and I differ on our top pick.
Choice 1: A little cheaper and within our original budget. A little more flexible in terms of hours and won't charge us on days we don't use. Pretty convenient location for both my DH and I for p/u and d/o. Less experience but not no experience. Will have another infant almost the exact same age as our peanut in her care. Less structured daily activities. We would only need to provide a diapers, wipes, breastmilk. Personable and we got along well when we met.
Choice 2: A tad more than our original budget but we can make it work. Hours are a little less flexible and if my mom or sister wants him for a day we're still charged for any day we keep him out. Has 4 other kids in her care, our peanut will be only infant. Has very structred days/routines. We get a calendar at the beginning of the month that outlines that month's "lessons" and we'll get a formal daily report. Takes kids on outings to park, zoo, nature center, library, etc. Super convenient location for both my DH and I and also super close to my mom and dad if either of us get tied up at work and need them to get him. We need to provide pak-n-play (or other sleeper) and car seat base. 20 years of experience. Also very personable and we got along well.
*Both have clean background checks, excellent references, clean/well-kept homes and are non-smokers.
Based on that information, which one would you choose?