Post # 1
We knew that having a baby in the city is expensive, but we had no idea just how bad it is. We were really shocked this week to learn that we may have to pay full price for 3 months of day care while I am home on maternity leave to “hold” a spot in the daycare. This is in addition to the nonrefundable $200 “waitlist fee” we have to pay just to get on the wait list. The fee doesn’t even guarantee they will ever call us off the wait list! For this reason we were told to apply to get on 5-6 different wait lists, paying $50-$200 for the privledge of being on each one. All these fees combined add up to over $5,000 – for which we get NOTHING in return (other than a future spot in a daycare). I thought weddings were price-gougey, but this takes the cake.
What was your biggest baby sticker shock?
Post # 3
That’s ridiculous. $200 just to hold you a spot in their daycare? Wow.
And why in the world would you pay a daycare if your child isn’t even there yet? I don’t know what kind of daycares you are looking at, but this seems a bit off to me. I’d search around more.
Or maybe that’s just how they do it in big cities?
Post # 4
Oh I can play…10k paid for the 40% chance of even becoming pregnant at all! In Vitro Fertilization, just to get what most parents get for free, Pregnant after a good time! IVF’s not fun at all but it worked!
Post # 5
The problem is that the demand for infant daycare space vastly outnumbers the supply. The number is infant daycare spaces in Chicago is in the hundreds; and there are of course thousands of babies in Chicago. So if a spot opens up before you need it, you need to pay for them to “hold” the spot for you or else they will give it someone else lower than you on the wait list. Some of the waitlists are two years long so if a spot opens up you will do anything to hold on to it.
Post # 6
We don’t have to pay to be on the waitlist, but we do also have to deal with the “holding the spot” policy. The good news is that you should only have to pay to hold the spot if it opens up when the baby is born. That rarely happens if they have a waitlist fee. We’re hoping that a spot doesn’t open up for us for four months, because I’ll be on maternity leave for six weeks, then DH goes on summer break for three months. So we won’t need daycare for four months. So hopefully God works it out so that a spot opens up for us when we need it and we don’t have to pay for care when we don’t. But I’m SO with you on the sticker shock of it all!
Another thing we weren’t prepared for the price of: cord blood registration and storage. We’ve decided to donate it instead of paying $2000 just to store it!
Post # 7
This and many other posts on this Babies board make me never want to have a child! Haha, that’s outrageous. I know my boss had get on the waitlist for daycare as soon as she knew she was pregnant with her 2nd, but she didn’t say anything about paying. Maybe she had to, I don’t know, but WOW! crazy.
Post # 8
Wow….I think that if my choice was to pay thousands of dollars in advance for a serivice i’m not using, or stay home for a year I might seriously weigh my options! I’ll have to look into this when I start planning to get pregnant (I live in a huge city, too!). Thanks for the head’s up!
Post # 9
Oh yeah, for everyone reading this and freaking out…I would DEFINITELY check on the daycare availability in your area AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOU’RE PREGNANT! Specifically infant daycare is impossible to find. I was told that we should have signed up for the waitlist when we found out we were pregnant! Apparently it’s a LONG list. Hopefully we find something that works out for us, I don’t know how we’d get through without daycare!
Post # 10
for that much couldn’t you almost hire a nanny?
Post # 11
@vista: I know in my area a decent (legal) nanny would cost about $5000 a month to employ.
Post # 12
wow! Those prices are crazy! I suppose because I have a close friend who was a part time (under the table type) nanny for all 4 years of college. I think she charged $10 per hour! I guess it just seems like crazy prices!!!
Post # 13
I find those prices ridiculous. Ugh, how frustrating.
Honestly, after researching daycare in our area, we actually discovered that having a live-in nanny is almost equal to paying for daycare at a reputable center. We’ve been researching nannies (we won’t actually hire one until this summer), and for a live-in nanny, we’re looking at about $1000-$1200/month. The difference is that we’ll be paying for all of his/her living expenses (private room and bathroom, utilities, food, and we’ll even provide a car and gas). If we chose to just hire an independent nanny, we’d easily be paying $2500/month.
Post # 14
It’s like that here too! They encourage you to get on the waiting list as soon as you are even thinking about conceiving. My friend put herself on the list 3 years ago and she just got the call about 3 months ago. Yeah, her son is 3 years old now!
Because this daycare is subsidized by our work, she jumped at the chance. Here it is unlikely that you get called early, so most people bite the bullet and risk the fees.
We’re working on alternative arrangements including a 3 month maternity leave and a stay at home dad for the following 6 months. That gets us most of the way through the first year.
After that we’ll have to decide nanny or daycare, but if all works as planned, we’ll have a built in nanny by that point…
Post # 15
wow, this makes me feel a little better about our options…I think the economic downturn has actually made it easier to get into daycare here…the daycare I have in mind used to require full time, but now they have moved to allowing part time, bc they aren’t as full
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle
I’m in the Chi – everyone I know just hires a nanny! It costs about the same.