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    My son was 4 months old when he started going to daycare. But the carer was my mum so it made things a little easier!

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    My first was 12 months, my second was 10 months and my third will be 2.

    Being a SAHM is hard and if you think going back to work will make you a better mummy then go for it!

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    Ds#1 went just hafter his 3rd birthday
    Ds#2 went at 18 months and didnt cope, pulled him out after a couple of months. Started preschool at 3.5 yrs
    Dd started at 16 months. She LOVES it

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    DS never went to daycare but I went back to work full time when DD was 15 months. She coped well, really only protested during the day for the first couple of days and then would only cry at drop off for a while.

    She loves it now, it's her home away from home and she sometimes asks to go there on the weekends! She has favourite carers (especially the directors who are a married couple) and she has a little best friend (it's adorable when they hug upon arrival in the mornings).

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    Thanks for your feedback mumma's. Perhaps I might wait it out a couple of months & start to look for work when ds2 is 6 months old & just that little bit older.....

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    My bub will be 5 months old when I go back to work. I'm planning on going back 3-4 days per week to start with, for the first month or two and then full time from when bub is 6-7 months old.
    For what it's worth, I started going to child care myself when I was 8 weeks old - my mum had no choice but to go back to work or lose the house. Not ideal for her, but no paid maternity leave back in the 70s so that's what she had to do.

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    DS started at 3, DD at 18 months.

    This bub will start at 8 weeks. I am not entitled to maternity leave and my partner is a casual worker who will take PPL for as long as he can and help bubs get a routine at care going before going back to work.

    I love childcare with my older 2 and i am looking at using the same centre and carers again for this bub as they were so awesome

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    9 months but was more than ready at 6 months...

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    It's amazing how kids are ready at different stages. I've was offered a temporary 4 days a week position for 6 weeks and had to call my mil to fly up and stay with me the last two weeks as my two just did not cope with going to daycare the 4 days.

    Good luck op with your decision. You need to consider you happiness in relation to the family dynamics

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    DD was 7 months and I was going stir crazy long before then, would have gone back earlier if I could get a day care place. Was in 3dpw. I am a far better mum when I am working, mentally challenged and have time to myself, with adults and a life outside of being a mum. I was getting upset and depressed at home, despite having a great social network of mums and activities, I just didn't find it mentally challenging and wasn't enjoying the monotony of day-in day-out parenting. Returning to work made me really appreciate my time at home more and provided a better balance for our family and my sanity. DD coped brilliantly, more stimulation, activities and socialising.

    With #2 I'm going to try and last for 13 months off work but we'll see how that goes, I could just be kidding myself .

    Goodluck with your decision and working out what will work best for your family.


 

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