|I really don’t know where to begin to find a carer for
my baby. Please can you give me some guidelines?
There are three main choices for you to consider: a nanny
or aupair, a day care facility or a crèche.
Many people consider that a nanny is the best option. Your
baby will not have to adapt to new surroundings, and will
have a dedicated and trained person with the baby’s
best interests at heart. You will have complete control
of choosing this person and also training her to care for
your baby in the way that you prefer. A nanny could also
do some housework for you and also perhaps shopping. The
downside is mainly cost, but there is also the issue that
you are completely dependant on one person, which leaves
you vulnerable if they are ill or have some type of crisis.
So you need to set up a backup system for this type of care.
A day care facility is generally run by a person who loves
babies and so your baby will be in a happy, busy, sociable
enviroment. If you choose carefully the enviroment will
be structured in a gentle and caring way so that your baby
gets the benefit of a good routine, a variety of trained
carers and lots of stimulation. Since these centres have
to be registered, there is also the reassurance that they
are checked by the authorities. While the problem of not
having to depend on one carer is solved, there are different
problems to contend with. Babies do get sick more often
in a group situation, since they are exposed to more germs
and parents often send sick children to day care because
they do not have a choice. So you will need to decide how
you will handle a sick child, and this is the backup plan
you have to make in this situation.
A crèche is usually quite large, so the advantages
of trained carers and lots of socialising also apply here.
Since the crèche will have a clear system of how
they deal with the babies, sleep issues, feeding and so
on, you will be easily able to choose a crèche that
has a similar philosophy to your own one. The disadvantages
are that since there will be many staff members, your baby
may not bond as strongly and feel as secure as in a smaller
premises, and of course the problem of picking up germs
will be even more pronounced. However, for babies with secure
and sociable personalities crèche may be the perfect
solution, and the most affordable.
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