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    My DD started in home care at about 9 months for 3 mornings a week.... for respite for me. We only did this for about 10 weeks as it didnt work out that I got work.
    Shes started daycare at 17 months 2 days a week. Shes settled in and enjoying it now.

    Being at home is hard work, ive been at home with dd for 18 months and so ready months ago to go back to work.
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    9 months here but a bit sooner would have been ok for me also

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    Dd was 4 mths as dh and I were young and I went back to 2 days work as money was tight. With ds I was fortunate enough to have the baby bonus cover my wage for 6 mths so I could start him at 7 mths. We both do shift work so I juggle my hrs around dh, dd 6 n ds 2 plus studying full time.

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    Also ds only went 2 days to start off then to 3 days once he hit 1 yrs.

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    My bub started full time at 6mo and he is thriving! He is 15 mo now and just loves it. It's like a second family over there. We couldn't be happier

    I come from a culture where mums go back to FT work 2.5 mths after birth. It's a little early I think but it does work out.

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    Dd will be 12 months

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    6 months initially, she was fine but I found it hard as she got sick every week which severely disrupted her (already very crappy ) sleep routine. Pulled her out at 12 months then back in at 2 years and hacevt looked back, she loves it and her immunity is heaps better now too.

    Do whatever you need to for sanity. Maybe look into occasional care to see how you all go??

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    My son was 14 months when he started day care. He had separation anxiety for weeks, was very frustrating at times when id go drop him off and hed scream and cry and the staff would have to pry him off me as he would go all koala... DD is almost 5 months old and ill be sending her possibly a bit earlier so she gets used to it as ive got plans to study in the future.

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    7 months and he's thriving, talks non stop (he's 15 months now), and really loves his educator and her family (family day care) and the other three kids who are there with him.

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    DS was 5 months when he started daycare 1 day a week and a day with mum one day a week. He loves daycare and his days with Nan and I love picking him up from daycare. As soon as he sees me he crawls over and I get the biggest cuddles and he starts chatting away(not saying much as can only say 4 words haha) it's like hes telling me all about his day. The carers get big smiles and sometimes waves(new trick) as we leave too.
    Hes been in care for nearly 6 months now and I wouldn't change it. I've recently been moved to casual and I still send him even when not working as he's so close to walking and really has a great time there so I see no reason to pull him out, he's happy, I get a big clean done/opportunity to work and we can afford it.
    Before going back to work I would visit a centre and try to do a few days prior to starting work where bub is in care. Then if they have separation anxiety or you do you can visit/pick up earlier rather than getting a frantic call on your first day back at work x


 

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