(Closed) Did YOU go to daycare when you were an infant/toddler?

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 17
3263 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I went to daycare occasionally and I remember it being a TON of fun. When I was super little I was apparently watched by a neighbor girl. I don’t remember her at all but my 6 1/2 years older brother did and supposedly she was a good babysitter. Both my parents were in school and working during those years so it was either baby sitter, daycare, or grandma’s.

Post # 18
2818 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I didn’t go to daycare until I was a bit older (4), my grandma watched me while my mom worked when I was a baby. I LOVED daycare though.

Post # 19
2890 posts
Sugar bee

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  No, because my mother worked the evening shift. She was with us all day, and we had a babysitter from 3pm to 6 pm 5 days a week who took care of us before my father came home from work. 

Post # 20
4758 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I never went to daycare, but my brother went to a daycare/pre-pre school thing part time at 3 years old and loved it.


Post # 21
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  Kind of… I was just part of my mom’s home daycare (which she still runs after all this time). I think it probably worked wonders for my socialization skills, and also for building up my immune system, haha. I remember she had 3 other kids in her care besides me who were all about my age and I am still friends with 2 of them today.

I think I had more trouble starting kindergarten at 5 years old because I had never been away from mom and dad before that point. There is a picture of me screaming my brains out in front of the school, and dad trying to pry me off his leg.

The separation anxiety is normal, and my mom always says that the parents have a harder time with it than the kid. The kids honestly don’t care, because they are so young. They’re probably just happy that there are toys and someone to feed them and change their diapers!

Post # 22
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I didn’t go to daycare, but my grandma did watch me during the day and when my mom went to night school. 

 There was a point that I only saw my mom on Wednesday nights and every other weekend (my dad had me the other weekends). So I was usually in someone elses care. 

It didn’t hurt our relationship and I really respect her for working hard to provide a life for us. 

Up until I was 11 I was watched by my grandma, when she passed away my older sisters looked after me. You do what you have to. 

Post # 23
4114 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was in daycare starting at 6 weeks – that was all the leave my mom got. I was in daycare full time until I was in school full time. Daycare was great! I went to awesome places, with awesome teachers (at least my 3 year old brain thought) and had a ball. They had the BEST toys!!! And I had friends there ๐Ÿ™‚

So no, don’t resent my mom at all. She’s my best friend, always has been.

Post # 25
498 posts
Helper bee

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  I didn’t go to daycare per se but someone did take care of me while my mom worked. I never felt like it made me less close to my mom or that I wished she was home with me. Now that my daughter is in daycare (she is older-toddler) she loves it and doesn’t really like staying home. She is really loving and is very close to us but she loves seeing her friends, learning and playing. I don’t think she thinks she is in daycare because I have to work. She just thinks is another activity we signed her up for like gym class or art class. 

I know going back to work is tough even if you really want to go back to work but hang in there. It gets better

Post # 26
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes I did, both my parents worked so both my brother and I went to daycare as infants/toddlers/child

Post # 28
2563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I was in day care at 6 weeks old because that was all the maternity leave my mom got at the time.  I obviously don’t remember it at all.  Was then at a pre-school before going in to kindergarten from 3-5 years maybe?   I remember a few bits and pieces but only because my parents have told me stories and it sounds familiar to me.

I’ve been told as a baby I screamed a lot, but I was kind of an asshole of a kid and would scream if anyone but my mom held me.  I lived, it was probably good for me to get used to other people being around as a baby.

Post # 29
2777 posts
Sugar bee

I did not go to daycare and my mom stayed home with us. She left when I was 5 and my grandma cared for us after that while my dad was working. That said, my daughter started daycare around the time she was 1 she really likes going to play with her friends (shes 2 now) I think it’s good for her. While I do miss her, I do understand that’s its necessary so I can go to school/work and I try to suck it up. Unfortunately our new baby will be on daycare starting at 8 weeks which really sucks but at least she will be with her sister.

Post # 30
11517 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  Sure did!  As soon as I was old enough to be sent to day care (I assume once I was potty trained) I went to day care.  I’m a social person and was (from what I’m told) an exceptionally social toddler.  My mom jokes that she couldn’t wait to get me out of the house.

I’m the oldest of 5 kids (well, 4 and a half sibling), we all went to daycare or playgroup at some point and we all loved it. 

We’re all perfectly fine, well adjusted adults who don’t resent our mother for taking us to daycare ๐Ÿ™‚

(the half is only 6 so it’s too early to tell, but I can promise you that daycare will be the list of his problems with his mother…she’s crazy…but she’s my stepmom so I’m biased on that front)


Post # 31
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I went to daycare from infancy. Both my parents worked full time. I now have a PhD. Focus on the benefits of socialization and all the learning that goes on in daycare. 

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