In a recent podcast, we had a great conversation with a perinatal and pediatric chiropractor, Dr. Lizzie Sobel, who runs her practice “Wholesome Healing” in Boston, Massachusetts where she supports the health and well-being of parents as well as their children. She also happens to be a Nessle Expert!
Childcare is a question most working parents are faced with after the birth of a child. It can be very overwhelming to even know where to begin when it comes to finding quality care that is affordable.
The takeaways from our conversation with Dr. Sobel will help anyone thinking about childcare – whether now or in the future. But before we share her advice, let’s go over some of the types of child care that are available. It’s important to bear in mind that there is no ‘right or wrong’ choice when it comes to childcare since each family has its own unique set of circumstances, needs, and priorities.
Here are a few examples of the types of child care that are available to families.
Nanny - A nanny can be a great option for families with a newborn child or toddler. Some advantages include not having to transport your infant outside the home, allowing them to remain in the familiar surroundings of their home, and maintaining their feeding and bathing routine. A live-in nanny can also help with certain household tasks such as light meal preparation, laundry, and light cleaning.
Nanny-share - Some families don’t need a full-time nanny so they make an arrangement to share the cost of a nanny. In this way, both families have all the benefits of a nanny, as listed above, but sharing the cost makes it more affordable. This can also provide socializing opportunities for the children who share the nanny.
Daycare Centers - Quality, licensed daycare centers provide care, and education, and often provide toilet training for infants and toddlers. These centers provide opportunities for socialization, learning, and both indoor and outdoor play for children, which is an important part of their development.
In-home Daycare - In-home daycares are licensed childcare providers who provide care in their homes. This is a good option for parents who prefer more personalized care in a home setting, but with the socialization and learning opportunities offered by daycare centers.
Family Member Caregiver - Some parents have their parents, aunts or uncles, or siblings available to care for their children. If expectations are made clear and values are aligned, this can be a win-win solution for everyone.
Babysitters - Babysitters are a great option for stay-at-home or work-at-home parents who aren’t in need of full-time child care but just need help occasionally or at specific times. Having one or two sitters that you establish a long-term relationship with is mutually beneficial.
Points to Consider When Looking Into Childcare
Here are some important topics to cover and points to consider when looking into care for your child:
You could use a scoring system for each point - for example, how happy you are on a scale of 1 to 10 - so that you can then compare the scores you gave for each option.
Dr. Sobel made another important point that all parents should remember: Nothing is set in stone! If you don’t feel comfortable with your decision or if things aren’t going as expected, it’s always possible to change your mind! Your child’s well-being and your peace of mind are what is most important. We hope these tips will be helpful as you consider child care that works best for your family and situation. Click here to listen to the full podcast.
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