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    MaterialsGirl
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    Greetings fellow DW’ers. As you know, MaterialsBaby will be here in early October and I’m trying to do my research/get on lists for daycare come January 2019. I’ve gone to one place to tour already and have a few others set up. I created a list of good questions to ask, but wanted to know more from you about what was most important. Example: if something has great hours, is close/convenient and price relatively in line, does a 4:1 infant ratio versus a 3:1 ratio rule it out? Any tips would be helpful.

    It’s Chicago City downtown, so I will be paying an arm and a leg for a little bit. A few things to note:
    I take the train/bus to work. It’s important I can walk and drop off child prior to work.
    Radiostar would most likely do pick ups. later is better on timing.
    We only plan to be in this location from January to May 2019. After that, we could be moving out of state or at least to a house in Chicago. Unfortunately for that reason, nanny share is kinda out since we would be temporary.

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    SpaceySteph
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    The truth is that a new baby– even a 9 month old– is relatively potato-ish and as long as they get fed and diapered they’re going to be fine.
    Ratio is nice, but honestly the caregivers are surprisingly capable of dealing with 3 or 4 babies at once where I am somehow overwhelmed caring for one. Your kid will cry a little more if the ratio is higher. They’ll sometimes have to wait a little longer for a bottle or sit in a bouncer instead of being held. And you know what… thats ok!

    I think the biggest thing to look for, what I would consider the dealbreaker, is cleanliness. Not because I care if my kid eats dirt but you don’t want them getting sick often and then you have to miss work to take care of them and probably more work after that because you also got sick… after you just burned all your PTO on maternity leave. If things seem dirty, then it’s more likely that they don’t wipe things down enough or change out the toys between snot-nosed kids and then germs spread. The stereotype is that all daycare babies get sick, but I’ll tell you my kid has only gotten a fever a couple times in her life. Some of my coworkers kids seem to be sick weekly. Maybe its her immune system but I think it’s also because our daycare is borderline germaphobic.

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    ktfran
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    Would you consider a nanny? My friend’s loved theirs. I could see if they could send info.? Don’t know if she’s available. I’m having drinks with them tomorrow. She wasn’t terribly expensive and I think they only had her for a year. Maybe not even. 9 months. I think they wanted to wait until a year to take her to daycare.

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    MaterialsGirl
    MaterialsGirl
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    @ktfran: nanny would be great, but we would be paying for LOTS of hours at 17+ an hour. Like 7:00 am to 6:30 every single day. And since it would be very short term, I hadn’t really considered it. I guess once we move, I would love to have a nanny that stayed with us for years and subsequent kids that was more part of the family.

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    MaterialsGirl
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    @steph: good note on the cleanliness. Another person stressed the ratios for the same reason (sickness). I guess there are two ways to deal with that though.. either have a higher ratio and be a massive clean freak or low ratio and not so clean.. similar outcome?

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    MaterialsGirl
    MaterialsGirl
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    @spaceysteph: you’ll enjoy my nursery theme. WE don’t know gender. https://www.pinterest.com/littleluluruns/the-blueberry/

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    SpaceySteph
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    I guess low ratio could help with that, but I guess that depends on how its divided, if the caregivers always work with those 3 kids or if like someone does diapers and someone else does bottles then you’re getting the same germ spreading regardless of ratio I’d think.

    Love the nursery theme. We have a slightly space-themed nursery, but its just sheets, gray/yellow color scheme, and moon/star lamps from Ikea. I’m pretty lazy so we didn’t hang up posters or anything.
    Sadly looks like our sheets are discontinued but here’s the lamps:
    https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50010879/
    https://www.amazon.com/Ikea-Smila-Childrens-Moon-Small/dp/B00OVG7OFS

    We didn’t find out the sex until birth. Loved it, will do it again next baby.

    #783685 Reply
    MaterialsGirl
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    Oh those are cute lamps! We got a minicrib, so I just went with plain navy blue sheets. I’m doing two of the NASA posters with the david bowie space oddity floating spaceman in the middle and the eventual name of the kid.. possibly the quote “and the stars look very different today”. Going to michaels to get the felt for the mobile (cause I don’t feel like paying 75$ on etsy). It’s only a tiny part of the second bedroom/guest room but at least the kid will be cool for a little bit before it decides that frozen/paw patrol is way cooler than Bowie and Space

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    ron

    Go to playgrounds in your area. Ask the young mothers for positive and negative feedback on the daycares you are considering. Probably a lot of them used daycare and did a thorough search. Do a Google search on the centers.

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    ron

    Chicago and Illinois have a lot of bureaucracy, surely the daycare centers are inspected. The reports are probably public knowledge.

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    JD

    That’s a good idea Ron. There are probably a lot of online reviews but asking neighbors and those around you with kids will really give you the best info since we all know a large amount of people who post reviews only do so when they have something negative to say.

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    JD

    Ah but this shithole that is Illinois is broke as heck so who knows if hey actually follow through.

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