Back-to-school is taking over this week and everyone is busy getting everything in place and settled. To us, it’s going to be back-to-nursery and it’s happening next Monday. So as this is going on, I thought of sharing my thoughts and opinions about sending your kids at a very young age to day care.
To us, nursery was not an option on our list when our daughter was still very young and I had to go back to work.
For the first 6 months, we had my mom and mother-in-law taking turns in visiting us to take care of Ghazal and also my cousin took part for a month
The reasons why we didn’t use a day care before our daughter turned 2:
- She’ll be more exposed to catching disease, illness or flu: We enrolled our daughter in a day care when she was 2 years old and the first month, she had to stay at home for almost 3 weeks. She caught a terrible flu accompanied by fever and very bad cough.
- The baby’s routine will be affected: If your baby likes to sleep in the morning for example, you’ll be interrupting their sleep time by removing them from their beloved crib, buckling them up in a car seat, taking them in a car ride (which they might love but also might hate just like my son) and leaving them with someone who has at least three more babies to take care of. I really don’t want to do this to my babies.
- Nurseries won’t baby sit my child after working hours: If we have a commitment or a doctor’s appointment in the evening, the nursery won’t baby sit my baby for 2-3 hours until we’re back. And to be honest, I’m not comfortable with hiring a part time nanny that I’ve just met to baby sit my little one.
- One-on-One care is not possible at the day care: Unless you’re paying a fortune, your baby is not having all the attention; he has to share it as the nanny or the teacher has other babies to take care of.
- Can’t monitor the teacher or the nanny’s behaviors: Some parents may say that they’re not comfortable in having a nanny at home. In our personal opinion, we prefer having a nanny at home that we can monitor her responsiveness, reactions and the way she acts with the baby while we’re at home. While at nursery, the only times you’re going to see and interact with the teacher are when you drop off your baby and then when you pick them up at the end of the day.
- The need to work around term breaks or holidays: I work 5 days a week, 9 hours a day and hubby works 6 days a week so there is no possibility that we can stay with our baby when the nursery decides to have a term break or during long holidays. The full time nanny will be there on those days.
Advantages of nurseries:
- Day Care centers have specialized teachers for early childhood education so they’ll know how babies develop and give them the correct material to help encourage and grow this development.
- Nursery may be a bit less expensive compared to what you pay for a hiring a full time nanny.
- Parents will meet other parents and share experiences and arrange play-dates.
To sum this up, from a personal point of view, I prefer having a full time nanny for my babies when they’re under 2 years old. But I also have to say (and this is something you need to keep in mind mommies) not everything that work for us has to work for you and vise versa. Every one is different and the things that contribute in your decision making process may not apply to ours and the other way round.
Would love to hear back from you whether you’re with or against enrolling a baby under 2 in a nursery.