With my first, I returned when she was 6 months old and full time. While being back at work was great for me mentally, full time was a bit too much so I dropped back to 4 days and that was ideal. I did find that because DD was in daycare she started picking up pretty much every bug going round, so it felt like either DH or I were averaging at least one sick/carers day per week just to take care of her, but by 12 - 18 months things did get better. Around that time my DH put his business on hold to be a SAHD and he absolutely loved it, so I was able to go back to full time and focus more on my career, securing a more permanent position in my workplace which was undergoing massive structural change at the time. Since then DH has secured a different job which means more financial certainty so now we are thinking about what that will mean for my return to work next year. I'd originally planned to take 12 months off with this bub but now it might be easier for me to either extend my time off work, or return on a more part time basis (assuming they will allow it).