- 4 months ago
- Wedding: City, State
Currently 33 weeks pregnant first time mom here. I am due in November and after 12 weeks of leave will be returning to work full time in January / February depending on when LO makes his arrival. Hubby also works full time and while he has mentioned he could stay home almost as a joke in the past, he loves his job and we almost certainly could not survive on my salary alone in CA without MAJOR cuts in our lifestyle (cable, alarm, gardener, eating Ramin noodles..)
I am researching daycare options and while an in home nanny to come to my house has always been a cool idea to me (especially since we have a dog that gets bored and would love companionship), at this point it may not be financially feasible. The local KinderCare is coming up at $335 a week for full time, while nanny’s on Care.com are showing up in my neighborhood at $10-20 an HOUR! For full time / 45-50 hours a week that is looking like anywhere from $450 – $1000 per week which is just insane to me and not feasible for us. At that rate my husband would just quit his job as he only makes 45K but he loves his job and it would be a HUGE stretch to pay our bills on my salary alone. Just not in our budget to cut his salary OR pay 40K a year to a nanny. And I don’t know what the difference is in quality / training of a nanny that charges $20 per hour vs. $10 per hour – I assume you get what you pay for and the lower wage ones would be teenagers or have less experience and training. I am beginning to make a spreadsheet and get quotes from various Daycare Centers, at home Daycare families and Nannies and trying to look at all options since I still have a bit of time to make a decision.
Just wanted to hear thoughts from those that chose full time daycare centers like a KinderCare and what they think of the experience? Obviously the idea of leaving a 12 week old at Daycare is scary to me but until I started looking, I had no idea that a personal Nanny would be so high (but I suppose it makes sense as they need to make a livable salary!). Living in So Cal having two full time working parents is just a reality we need to get used to, but that doesn’t make these decisions any easier for a first time worrisome mamma!