For busy parents, daycare can be your saving grace. The ability for you to go to work all day and provide for the family, while also having someone to take care of your child, is something that many parents cherish. While daycares certainly provide some peace of mind, it’s not always all positives. Here are some pros and cons of daycare for your children:
As mentioned, there’s nothing like the peace of mind knowing your child is being properly taken care of by professionals while you’re not able to. In this society, even moms are typically forced to work to support the family unit. Due to this, daycare centers have become essential in order for parents to get their work taken care of while also supporting a child. The convenience of being able to place your child in daycare is unmatched if both parents work day jobs.
When parents can’t be near their newborn baby, they are constantly worrying about their health and safety. Another benefit of a daycare center offers the safety of staff members who are trained in early childhood education and development. Also, these centers are licensed and regulated, which is something a nanny or babysitter typically can’t offer you. When parents are at work, they want to feel as secure as possible with leaving their child in good hands.
While daycare is great for allowing parents to work a day job with a new child, the cost of daycare could end up taking a hefty amount of their paychecks. The average daycare center usually costs between $400 and $1500 for full-time care, depending on the quality and area you live in. This is clearly a pricey service to pay on top of what you already pay to support and take care of your child. The price of daycare is certainly something to be considered.
Although daycare centers offer staff members who can certainly be trusted with your child, there is typically an impersonal feel to it all. This can especially be true if you choose a popular daycare center with a lot of other children. If you were to choose another option like a nanny, who would be taking care of your kid one-on-one, you could see how much more they could benefit from this. Daycare centers are very reliable, but simply can’t offer the same love and care that a mom would like for their little one.
Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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