Finding the Right Daycare

Being a stay-at-home mom isn’t for everyone – it may not be financially feasible for your family or maybe you just need that “adult time” during the day. Whatever you choose will be the right choice for your family – but if you choose to go back to work after maternity leave, you’ll need to figure out what to do with baby during the day.

What are the options if being a stay-at-home mom isn’t an option?

  • Have a family member or friend take care of the baby – not always a likely option
  • Hire a nanny – if you can find someone you trust and it won’t break the bank
  • Find a great daycare – if you do your research, you can find a place that you’ll be really happy with – get started with your research sooner rather than later so you can secure a spot at a great place!

So you’ve figured out what daycare options are in your neighborhood – what are some things to keep in mind or ask when you visit?

  • There will probably be a registration fee – ask if it’s a one-time fee or an annual fee. Daycare is expensive and you’ll want to understand all of the applicable fees!
  • You’ll want to feel comfortable with the security policies – how do they make sure a stranger doesn’t check-out your child? Are there cameras installed in the facility? Do they perform background checks and drug tests?
  • It isn’t just about watching your child for the day, ask what the curriculum is – some daycares teach Spanish, sign language, or computer skills along with math and reading; make sure your child will receive the best!
  • The menu is important – your baby will be sticking to a diet of only milk for awhile but what about when more solid foods are getting introduced? Make sure the menu is wholesome and nutritious.

What are some other key points to consider when researching daycares?

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1st Trimester Food Tips

We are super excited to introduce our newest category for your reading pleasure – Miss Mommy! I am currently pregnant with my first child and thought there might be some helpful tips that I can share with you all along the way!

If your 1st trimester is anything like mine, it will [unfortunately] include that pesky side-effect – nausea. If you’re going through this, the last thing you probably want to do is eat but of course you need to! Here are some suggestions and tips to give you your best shot at keeping some food down.

  • Follow the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.
  • Bland, bland, bland – this might be hard for some of you (personally, i love spicy food so this has been difficult). Food that is too spicy or flavorful can really upset your tummy so shy away.
  • Don’t take in too much liquid when you’re eating.
  • Keep food in your stomach throughout the day – try 6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large ones.
  • Stay away from anything that’s too greasy – your digestive system just can’t handle it right now.

Good luck to all the future mommies out there who are dealing with 1st trimester nausea! Hang in there!

What are some of your best tips or food ideas for the 1st trimester?