(Closed) When should we start checking out childcare options?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

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
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 6
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
2410 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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.

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