So DS will need to go into daycare in July at about 9 months of age and I am realising I really need to start looking into it all properly. There are a few centres nearby that I can choose from, some that provide food some who don't, some smaller, some bigger, one where my next door neighbour works... well you probably all know how it is.
I went to daycare as a child myself and it was the best time of my life! so am in one way looking forward to the little man getting to go, but also feeling stressed about it. I am very scared he would end up in a 'bad' one
So to do my best in finding him a good centre and then further making sure he gets to have as positive an experience as I did.. what do I need to know?
I am also unsure of how to manage his feeds when in care. He is breastfed at home but has started solids if ever so little. I have heard of bf babies getting formula at dc but doesn't that interfere with your supply? How does that work when on the days not in care then, do you give formula at home too?
with the solids, if he is in a 'baby' room, then he doesn't get any?
he is very patchy with day sleep at home but we are starting to work ourselves towards some kind of routine. I understand the dcc will do their best to follow this? do they prefer if you have a routine or not? He is very very inquisitive and also will rarely 'go to bed' quietly....how will that work with a whole room of babies trying to sleep?
how long before he needs to attend most probably full-time (Im going back to finish my bachelor degree which is full-time and some) should I start having him there to get used to it all?
What else do I need to think of, plan for, organise?
thankful for all the wisdom you all have, I feel like Im diving into the unknown here!