Post # 1
So I am due with my first in July.
Unfortunately, daycare is our only option. We don’t know any one on one babysitters, and the ones that I have come across are super expensive (minimum $500/week)
Staying home is not an option because we are trying to save for a house and it would be a struggle with one income. And its still going to be tough to save for a house with 2 incomes because we are renting. With rent and daycare alone, our monthly expense for the both of them are $2900. This is not including utilities, food for baby and ourselves, etc.
So Monday I have an appointment to visit a daycare, its 7 blocks from my home, and is $300/week. This is affordable, considering the area I live in, there are some daycares that I have called and are $400 and up a week for newborn and fulltime care.
I am located in Brooklyn,NY.
Just wanted to see what you are all paying for fulltime daycare out of curiousity.
I am working on oming up with a monthly savings goal. If we stick to it, we can have a nice down payment in about 2-3 years.
Post # 2
We are dual military so full-time daycare on post is under $500 a month. The non-military places were $1000-1200 a month.
Post # 3
We are doing a in home licensed daycare she charges $170.00 a week accross the board. We looked into centers but you were looking at $350-$450 a week for an infant. I live in the metro area of Minneapolis MN area. We just couldn’t afford a center.
Post # 4
Sassygrn: wow, i would love to find someone for $170/week!
Post # 5
We are paying 200 a week, for 3 days. So around 800 a month
Post # 6
Sassygrn: I wish the in home were around that in my area. We aren’t happy with our center and would like to switch.
Cheapest I could find was $300 a week.
Post # 7
where I live it’s 1200-1400 a month for a newborn full time.
Post # 8
If you find the right daycare for you it can be a really positive experience for your child and you. Im a big advocate of good daycare! We started with a private nanny who came to our home full time who took care of just our baby. I forget what we paid her but I think it was around 30% more than what we currenyly pay for daycare plus overtime. Meh. She was very qualified, had a masters degree in childhood education, etc but I felt that she was very young and kind of boring. I was hoping she would socialize our baby with other babies, even gave her an allowance to sign up for baby classes and activities but she wouldn’t. So we switched to a fantastic daycare that is in my work. I pay a lot for it (around $2k? – its auto deducted from my pay so im not entirely sure exactly how much) but it is really amazing. Cooking class, gym, music class, foreign language all with lesson plans and age approprite curriculums included on site – they bring in specialized teachers. And this is for the infant room. Way more offerings than what a single caregiver could provide. I bet youll find a good daycare and be pleased with it. Hope that helps.
Post # 9
As someone who has worked in several daycares and observed in others for classes- remember, you get what you pay for. Is the person/place licensed? What kind of activities do they do? What is the daycare’s routine? What type of meals are they getting (processed foods vs home cooked meals.)? Who is employed there? How long has the person been in business? What is put in place for safety?
While affordable daycare is so necessary, don’t always look for the cheapest option because as I said you get what you pay for. Also costs of daycare vary largely by location and type of daycare (home vs center and licensed vs not.)
It kills me when people would call the center I used to work in and ask what was charged and if there was any openings before actually checking the place out any.
Post # 10
The most expensive place I’ve seen so far is $252/week for an infant. The one we’re probably going to go with is $236/week.
Post # 11
Daizy914: That is a great rate from what Ive heard of for our bourough. We will soon be TTC if you dont mind please share with me in PM.
Post # 12
Not going to be a lot of help on the costs because where I am located, the cost of living is a lot lower than where you are. So my $ is going to be skewed.
But I will say that we started with an in-home daycare and then moved DS to a facility and we are so happy. They really work with him and it shows. It might cost us a lot but it is totally worth it in our minds because of how much he learns when he is there.
Post # 13
Swebs14: I don’t get that. Why would you want someone wasting your time coming to check it out if there were no openings and it was way out of their budget? Sure, I’d love to send my baby to the best daycare in the world, but we only have so much to spend. I’m not going to waste my time and yours if it costs more than my take home pay.
Post # 14
In a midwest city. Pretty much the best daycare centers are around $1300 a month and there are lot of of really good ones for $1200 a month. $1340/mo was the most expensive I saw. There a lot of in home daycares that are much cheaper, but I wouldn’t know about the quality. I assume it’s hit or miss.
Post # 15
We pay about 160 a month but that is because my husband works 6 days one week and then is home for a whole week (he is a nurse so he makes his 40 hrs in a week) also, our baby girl stays in daycare until 12pm so its not a full time thing.