Childcare

Today, you have lots of different childcare options. Here you'll learn about childcare basics, and find information about daycare, babysitters, and nannies.

Babysitter Standards: New Mom vs. Experienced Mom

All moms want their kids to be in good hands when they're out, but second-time moms (or third, or fourth...) require a little bit less than newbies when it comes to babysitters.

8 Tips for Choosing Child Care

How to size up a child-care situation and pick the best one.

Essential Child-Care Questions

What to ask when choosing a child-care facility.

Child Care: How to Find Quality Child Care

Need to go back to work after maternity leave? Here's how to find the best child care for your baby or toddler.

Childcare Conundrums, Solved

No childcare situation is perfect. Here are some common complaints and possible solutions.

4 Steps to Finding a Super Babysitter

With a little preparation, stepping out doesn't have to be a leap of faith.

Child Care: Day Care Safety Checklist

What to look for when visiting prospective day care centers and family day care homes.

Who Has a Better Child Care Plan for Parents--Clinton or Trump?

Here's how the two presidential candidates' proposed child care policies stack up.

The Child-Care Crisis

We all want to leave our kids in capable hands when we go to work, but finding--and affording--good care is a burden that families shouldn't have to shoulder alone.

Starting a Family Day Care

Want to stay at home with your kids and earn an income?

Top 15 Things to Know About Childcare

Hiring a caregiver? Don't fret--there are some great babysitters out there. Here are 15 pointers to help you find the one who's right for you and your child.

Introducing Solid Foods to Baby

When and how to add new tastes and textures to your baby's diet.

Ready for This? Child Care Costs More Than College Now!

A new report reveals the truly desperate state of child care in this country.

What Makes a Great Daycare

An insider's guide to choosing a high-quality program for your child.

10 Strategies for Dealing with Separation Anxiety

How to make your first time away from baby less stressful.

Moms Confess: I Love My Babysitter Except When She...

The What's Up Moms love their babysitters, except when... they don't. Do you recognize any of these annoying babysitter behaviors?

Child Care: Tips for Choosing a Good Day Care Center

Ready to choose a day care center? Watch for tips to help you choose the best one.

Would You Hire a Teenage Boy as Your Babysitter?

When friends told one mom it was "dangerous" to hire a male babysitter, she took to Reddit to ask for a second opinion.

Granny as Nanny

Who better to care for your child? No need to check references, and the price is right! But consider a few things before asking a family member to be your chief babysitter.

This Dad's Note to His Son's Babysitter Is Classic New-Parent Crazy

All new parents can relate to the lengthy list of instructions this new dad emailed to his son's first babysitter.

Checklist: Babysitter Basics

In-home care, in which your child's caretaker comes to your home, is in many ways the most convenient for parents. In-home sitters range from trained nannies, who may have training in child development and first aid, to women who, although not trained formally, have had many years' experience caring for children, including their own. Or you might opt for an au pair, a young person, usually a woman in her early twenties, often from abroad, who lives with your family.

Zombie Apocalypse Parody Totally Puts U.S. Child Care Crisis in Perspective

Having a baby shouldn't feel like the end of the world--or the end of your career.

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