How young is too young to be baby sat and day care?

Australia
June 10, 2007 9:11pm CST
I wouldnt let anyone baby sit my boy untill about 9 months. I wouldnt put him into a day care,as im able to stay home.if i had to work i wouldnt put him in day care until he was atleast 2,3 maybe is that harsh? How olds ur kid and do u use day care?
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@mansha (6301)
• India
23 Nov 07
my son is eight but my daughter is just one and a half year old. I am now thinking of putting her in day care once she turns two. I think that will be okay but then in India you do not get competent day care facilites so, I am slightly scared of sending her to day care.
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@natash121 (219)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
I agree 2-3 is an age that they like doing other things. My child went and did a pre kindy course at a day care for 2 days a week , it prepared her really well for starting kindy the next year. I do believe however if you cant afford to stay home and look after your kids then dont have them. I know circumstances change though so its hard. I know people who have been a stay at home single mum , swallowing your pride and living on an pension is better than dropping your kids off with someone else.
• Australia
14 Jun 07
Oh and i m lucky as i have a GREAT sister to look after my kids once a month or something so me and my husband can go out for dinner or a movie.
• Australia
14 Jun 07
Totally agree! :-)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
hmmm wonder who that is? I guess i have a good sister too who looks after my little boy occasionly :) Mybe that excellent babysitter of yours deserves a box of chocies
@Mikki2 (181)
• United States
11 Jun 07
You are very fortunate in that you can stay at home with your child. Unfortunately, most women are off for 6 weeks after the baby is born and have to go right back to work. I know that was my case. I found a wonderful woman who kept my daughter at her house and did not have to put her in day care.
• Australia
14 Jun 07
Yes im very fortunate,but i also chose to stay home.I could have gone back to full time work but instead i went on family benifits, did you think of doing that? What about your partner does he work? Thanx for posting.
@Mikki2 (181)
• United States
14 Jun 07
The company I worked for did not have any family benefits. I did not get a penny during the time I was off. My ex was no help either. No child support at all. I would have loved to have been able to stay at home.
• Australia
11 Mar 08
i meant u can choose to quite your work on go on family benifts ..centerlink payments.
• United States
10 Dec 07
Not everyone has the option to stay at home as long as you did. Some people have to go back to work 6 weeks after having a baby and as a result, the 6 week old baby is in daycare also. It doesn't make you a bad parent. Most households are 2 income based and with one missing, it's very hard to survive.
• Australia
11 Mar 08
whats the point really in having a baby if you plan to work..8 til 5.. wow u get to watch them sleep.
• United States
24 Feb 08
I had no choice but to let her be baby sat at my house. I was the one having to work to care for her. If I had a child now it would be after she/her could talk. I would have to be able to here and answer their questions about the care they received.