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    Default Daycare 4 DD when newborn arrives????

    So I currently work 4 days a week and hence have my DD in daycare those four days.

    From the time I start mat leave, six weeks before due date, I want to reduce DD's daycare days. I am just unsure of whether I should reduce it to one or two days?

    How did other mums cope? What set up worked?

    I love spending time with her and just adore her but she no longer sleeps during the day so I am a bit worried about that initial 12 week newborn awake most of the night phase with no chance to catch up.

    I will have no family support once my in laws leave to go back to the uk after a month.

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    DD1 was 3 and a half when DD2 arrived and went to kindy 3 days a week. She generally went 930 til 3. We both loved it. I got to rest on those days and bond with DD2 and she got to play with her friends and do something which was for her. Personally I think it's really important to maintain a child's routine when a new baby comes along so would definitely recommend 2 days. That worked for us. There were some days she didn't go if we just didn't get organized or she wanted to be home with her sister, but tbh most days she went very happily as it was much better than being at home with a tired mummy!

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    id say 2 days, and if you cope well, pull her down to 1day.

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    I have not had any of my dd's in daycare when bubs have arrived. Dd1 started 6 months after dd2 arrived, dd2 is yet to start and i have ds. Both girls cut out daysleeps at 2 y/o so really couldn't have a nap since dd1. I found that if i went to bed not too long after the kids of a night time i'd still have enough energy the next day, not to say i didn't feel tired! But it was doable. Maybe try to see how you feel at two days and if you need more or less time adjust when appropriate!! Good luck!!,

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    I havent had #2 (due early nov) yet, but my plan is to reduce DS to 2 days when I start mat leave (at 38weeks). DS is currently in 5 days. I'm going for 2 because I do think it will be a huge change for him as it is bringing a baby home aswell as taking him away from daycare completely. I also dont know if 1 day is enough for him, it seems like a big gap between going.

    At the moment I am thinking Tue & Thur.

    Hope it works out!

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    DD was 3 years and 10 months when DS was born and I kept her at daycare 2 days a week. (Before mat leave I was working 3 days, she previously had 2 days at daycare and 1 day with my mum). DD does a kindy program at her daycare as well which is a minimum of 2 days a week anyway. She loves her kindy days and it is also lovely to have two days alone with DS.

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