Post # 1
I plan on returning to work at least part-time after baby is born. We don’t have any relatives who live locally, so we’ll have to figure something out for childcare. I don’t want to look TOO early, but am wondering if there will be waiting lists and things like that? Also not sure if we will want a center or some other type of arrangement (nanny share, etc.).
So, when did you start to look or when do you plan on looking?
Post # 3
Some daycares have a year long waiting list. I would just call around to a couple in your area just to get a feel for what the wait is. We didn’t find our daycare until I was on maternty leave with Dirty Delete, but I know in some areas you can’t find anything if you wait that long.
ETA: Depending on who all know, it helps to ask other parents who their kids go through and get some recommendations (Or some no’s).
Post # 4
I’d say it wouldn’t hurt to do some research now. Get an idea of where you want the baby to go. Then you can find out the details of different places, costs etc and you will know when you need to get onto the wait list of the ones you want.
Post # 5
@ieatunicorns: Okay thanks. I was going to call around but I wasn’t sure if I would look totally crazy calling when I’m only 3.5 months along. We are going to start telling some of DH’s friends who live near us and have kids, so maybe we can get recs from them.
Post # 6
I’m not a parent but my friends and family members who are started making their arrangements while they were pregnant. At least in my area, many of the reputable centers have waiting lists so if you don’t want to send your kid to some sketchy basement daycare, you should start your search early. I remember my one friend and her husband touring a bunch of centers when she was maybe 5-6 months pregnant.
Post # 7
I’d start looking now. We got on the waiting list for our top choice around 8weeks. I’m 31 weeks now and we’re still not close to the top 🙁
Post # 8
We got our spot reserved in April for our baby (due in August, will start childcare in November). We got the last open infant spot; the next one wouldn’t be open until 4 months after that.
Our friends that already have 1 kid got their spot reserved for their 2nd as soon as they got BFP.
I suggest looking sooner rather than later.
Post # 9
I have friends who tried the entire time they were pregnant and never got in (they still haven’t gotten in 6 months later). They ended up having to get a nanny.
Their story alone has scared us from trying to get pregnant!
Post # 10
As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started looking and put spots on hold for my kids. It’s really difficult to find a babysitter. Right after my kids were born I put them on the wait list for preschool. I know people who put their kids on the wait list when they were six months old and they still haven’t gotten a call from the preschools. You should look into that too.
Post # 11
I would start looking now. The prices and options available can be pretty eye-opening so you’ll want some time to sort through the info and tour the facilities.