- Have a plan.
- Consider drop-off and pick-up times when evaluating childcare options.
- In-home childcare offers advantages.
- Childcare centers are regulated, but nannies may not be.
Childcare centers are regulated by the state and have to maintain licensure, which is not necessarily the case with nannies, so the benefit of taking your child to a childcare center is that there will be more oversight of its employees. It is important to ask questions. Talk to parents in your neighborhood, research the center’s reviews online, or visit the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services site for help in finding a credible child care facility in Texas.
- Know your rights and what is available to you at work.
- Mentally prepare for separation.
Leaving your baby after you’ve been home for three months can be very difficult for some mothers. After having your undivided attention, it can be difficult for your baby, too. That’s why, before you return to work, it’s a good idea to take some practice trips away from your little one. Spend a couple of hours out of the house and away from the baby a few weeks before you go back to work. This is a good time for you both to get used to the separation, and it’s also a good time for your baby to practice taking a bottle, which is something they’ll need to do while you’re gone for eight hours or more each day. This time apart will help both of you get ready for what lies ahead.
Dr. Jessica Lanerie is a pediatrician at Kelsey-Seybold’s Sienna Plantation Clinic. After receiving her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Medicine in 2013, Dr. Lanerie completed a residency in Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in 2016. Her clinical interests include weight management, asthma and eczema.