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How to Pick the Perfect Childcare for Your Little One

| 1/10/2019 11:09:00 AM

Having a child costs quite the pretty penny, and the hospital bills soon pale in new parent's minds compared to the daunting cost of providing daycare for their tyke. Child care easily eats up nearly a full third of the monthly expense budget for many Americans.

Child care concerns extend beyond the hefty price tag. Parents must consider factors such as caretaker qualifications, facility location and proximity to the workplace, facility amenities and of course the caretaker's or facility's safety record. Selecting the correct childcare option helps make your baby's formative years a dream, not a nightmare.

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Hire a Nanny — Or Share One

While hiring a nanny costs the most of any childcare option, for parents with multiple children or for parents of children with special needs, hiring a nanny solves many difficult childcare issues. As with any of the options, whether or not to hire a nanny depends on several factors and has benefits and pitfalls alike.

Parents of children with special needs, particularly parents of children with compromised immune systems, may select a nanny's care in order to minimize the possibility of the child contracting an infection. In addition, parents of children with behavioral issues may find hiring a nanny with education and training in dealing with emotionally delicate children preferable to risking meltdowns at the daycare center.

In addition, parents with variable work schedules appreciate the flexibility hiring a nanny has for their busy calendar. While commercial daycare and in-home daycare centers often have strict pick up times, requiring parents to interrupt a long work day to pick up their child, a simple phone call to the nanny allows parents to work late without worry.

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