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Hi, everyone! My DH and I are seriously thinking about having #4 within the next 1.5 years, but I want to make sure it will work for us. We are now in a situation where we would need childcare for our infant starting as early as 6 weeks. (That never happened before, hence my questions.)
For those who returned to work right away, what did you do with your child?
Do any childcare centers in your area take children that young?
How was that for you emotionally? The earliest I have gone back to work with my other three was when the child was 4-5 months old, and she was with family. That's not currently an option.
I worked in childcare for about 5 years. 6 weeks is the absolute earliest that a childcare center is legally allowed to enroll a child. Now if you find a home based provider they may be able to take them earlier. I was lucky and got to work in a wonderful caring center, however not all places are like that so just make sure you do some really good checking up on them.
I also worked in childcare for a long time. I agree all places arent the same. I wouldn't do childcare groups in a home where all ages are together as littler ones can get hurt. I would also certainly tour several places first. talk to other parents if possible. I saw a lot of great places but bad ones too and in all honesty every place had something bad. I have seen things. I think there are places that keep web cams on so you can tune in anytime. google those in your area. Have you considered a nanny?
Also I went back to school when my youngest was about 6 weeks, I was there a lot too. It sucked. I tried so hard to keep breatfeeding and pumped religiously but lost my milk anyway. I missed her so much, but its hard not to miss your kids when you are gone. Its just something you learn to deal with. How old are your other kids??