More on the ABCs of daycare
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.
- Usually less expensive than daycare centers or an at-home nanny
- Close, loving bonds among caregiver, other children, and your baby
- Relaxed environment
- 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