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Old 03-01-2013, 07:29 AM
Location: Texas
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Hi all. I am new to the forums and wanted to create a thread asking for some advice and personal experiences. I found out I am pregnant right after Christmas. I am about to graduate with my doctorate in the spring of this year. I have 12 weeks of maternity leave from my current employer before I need to be back to work. I am wondering if someone has some experiences with child care for a child that age. I have no friends or family to assist and wanted to get some ideas while I am in the process of deciding if a nanny or daycare situation would be best.

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Old 03-01-2013, 07:39 AM
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After I had my first baby and my maternity leave was up, I had a sitter come to our house 25 hours a week for about 5-6 months. I telecommute from home (and still do). I found someone off of sitter city and she worked out for the most part and she loved DS. When DS was about 7 months old we put him in a daycare down the street. We decided to do that for financial reasons. When he was younger it was easy to take care of him in the mornings and then the sitter would come at 10 and she left at 3pm. DS would nap for 2 hours until 5. As he got older it was harder to do and work and having her come for a full 40 hours was much, much more ($400 vs $180) than putting him in daycare.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:03 AM
Location: Space Coast
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There are pros and cons to each. I wound up choosing a daycare because there was one right on campus where I worked, and I could go there during the day to breast feed. I also liked that I could pick up and/or drop off at odd times (earlier or later than normal), because my schedule wasn't always predictable. Also, I didn't have to worry about my child care provider calling in sick.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:59 AM
Location: Hillsborough
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My first went to a daycare center starting at 3 months, and my second went to a home daycare starting at 4 months. With both, I went there during my lunch break to breastfeed them for over a year, which really helped. Spending more time at the daycare with my kids allowed me to see the teachers in action with the other kids, which helped me feel more comfortable about leaving my own kids in their care.
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