The ABCs of Daycare

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Family daycare. Family daycare doesn't necessarily mean your own family but a family-like setting, where a licensed daycare provider takes children into her home. For young infants, family daycare can offer the perfect mix of a calm family environment with the stimulation of other children. The downside for parents is sometimes a feeling of guilt that it's not you staying home--or discomfort with the way someone else is "mothering" your child.

Pros:

  • Usually less expensive than daycare centers or an at-home nanny
  • Close, loving bonds among caregiver, other children, and your baby
  • Relaxed environment

Cons:

  • If your caregiver's own kids get sick, you might be out of daycare
  • Quality of care is highly variable from one caregiver to the next
  • You might feel competitive with her

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