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Nanny Vs. Daycare for Infant

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Hello ! New to the scene :)   I'm planning to go back to work in a few weeks, my daughter will be about 2mos. My plan is to start back part time, and looking into both daycare and nanny as an option. Cost - wise, it seems around the same so far ... What other things should we consider - anything you wish you knew or could share to help us pick ?  Thanks !! 

by on Aug. 4, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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ElleLuvsOrchids
by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

 We have a nanny part-time and have been very happy.  We're transitioning to Jr. Preschool soon because our nanny graduated from college and is joining the police academy.  We'll miss her and are also looking forward to our DD (almost 2) being in a class environment.

mermaid13dragon
by on Aug. 7, 2014 at 1:44 AM

nanny...less chance of sickness fhan from a daycare and one on one attention..waaaayyyyy better..

judykay1944
by Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:12 AM

My sSIL had both. we did the day care until they called and said she had fallen off of the slide (18 months oold) and sprained her arm, Uh  no it was broken and we called in a specialist to meet us at the hospital. If it had been up one more inch her arm would have stopped growing and also that it coudl not have happened the way they said it did. SO then we hired a nanny and house keeper and paid her good money (they make decent money in S.F. CA.  We id a back gorund check complete with  criminal check. Things seemed fine until I came home earlyyy and she was picking up the child. My car was at the station to get an oil change and  it was not in the drive when she got home. She got out of the car we furnished for her, with a da,mn bneer in her hand OPENED. That was the end of that. I finally found a great place who taught the kids their ABC's and she used to cry when she had to go home and we all turned into chopped liver when we dropped her off in the AM. She loved it there. The place was clean, no carpeting which I like because the first one got tagged by the county for not having it cleaned!. They heated up their lunches for them and they were outside so much of the day. They sang songs and knew their colors and taught them to print their names, When she went to Kindergarten between that wonderful place and us at home working with her too she was ready for school. There are good places out there just stop in to some of them without and appointment and see how things are going with them.  I have heard some churches have day cares too now. Good luck and make sure you can stop in any time to see your kids too..

SecondChance709
by on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Nanny. Only if you do a back ground check, get a photo copy of her license and install at least one nanny cam in each room. I was a nanny for around 3 years and that's what my last family did, I thought it was brilliant. 

ETA: Also ask for her to be certified in infant cpr. 

lovinmykiddo07
by on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:22 AM

I work at a daycare on base and personally would rather have my son at the daycare than with a nanny. That way he is down the hall from me, there are cameras, they provide balanced meals, curriculum and I don't have to worry about a Nanny calling in sick. As long as the center is open there WILL be someone there to watch my child. Also, since I work there, I know all the caregivers which makes it a bit easier. Good luck! 

sarahfaith123
by Sarah on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:42 AM
Yea is say nanny especially if it's a relative or friend or had a reference you trust. That way, someone is giving your baby complete attention the whole time.

Quoting strictmomhere: Nanny if you do back ground checks and stuff
sarahfaith123
by Sarah on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:43 AM
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Great advice

Quoting SecondChance709:

Nanny. Only if you do a back ground check, get a photo copy of her license and install at least one nanny cam in each room. I was a nanny for around 3 years and that's what my last family did, I thought it was brilliant. 

ETA: Also ask for her to be certified in infant cpr. 

DyerMaker
by on Aug. 7, 2014 at 3:03 AM

I am biased towards a kids day out or parents day out only program... I teach at one. It is much different than daycare. Most kids are from stay at home moms or whatnot needing a break, or people easing back into the workforce. The one I work at is two days a week, but there are some that do three days a week in other areas. Whatever you dom treat it like you are interviewing them and get any and all questions answered. 

Daycare works best if you need 5 day a week style care most of the time, a nanny seems to be a more affordable option when you have more than one kid, but you also need to note that if the nanny is sick, then you don't have any options. Also, relying on one person could be a bad idea if they are going to flake out in a few months, or you can't seem to pay them on time. Just something to think about. 

hamwa
by on Oct. 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I think Daycares often have a 1 to 4 ratio policy, teacher to infant.  Nanny, well 1 to 1.  If you do think about daycare, asking questions can assure your child will be getting the attention and care they need.  I have heard of this book called Daycare Busters Insider Scoop on Kindle that gives parents a list of questions to ask potential daycares.  This might help make your decision.

WILDCATGAL78
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I have done both a daycare center and in home daycare. I prefer the in home daycare where is there not a lot of kids but one advantage is a range of ages. I went to an in home daycare when I was in elementary school and I love it. We had so much fun. My daughter love, loves my in home care provider. Most mornings I don't even get a goodbye because she is off to play or she wants snuggles from her. With my babysitter we also trade services since her son goes to the school I work at. Some of the other kids that attend daycare are also teacher's kids so we all pretty much have the same schedule.

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