Thoughts By Natalie

Real Talk Real Moms | Choosing Childcare

It’s that time again…time to have some real talk about motherhood. I’m joining in with several other mamas to talk about an often stressful topic: choosing childcare. It’s never easy to find someone you trust enough to watch your child, but it’s essential for all of us at one point or another, especially when you work. Since I work for myself, I’ve had more flexibility than most, but a consistent childcare solution has been essential as I’ve launched and started to grow my business.

Jack was a baby who never took a bottle (we tried so hard!!), which made any kind of childcare impossible for much of the first year. My work when he was really little wasn’t too taxing so I wasn’t in need of help right away. He was a great sleeper, which meant I could really get a lot done while he napped, and I didn’t start looking for regular help (other than monitor-watching for date nights) until he was about 15 months.

At that point, we got incredibly lucky. Our neighbors told us their 19-year-old cousin was moving in with them to go to school nearby and that she was looking for babysitting/nanny jobs. I immediately asked to meet her, loved her, and she’s been Jack’s nanny since then! If you read this post, you also know that over time she has also become my first intern, so our family is now incredibly dependent on her for pretty much everything!

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and she’s heading to Arizona to finish up her degree at ASU, which means we are going to be missing her like crazy. Once she broke the news to me, I registered Jack in a nearby school with a 2 ½ to 3-year-old program and he’ll start going there two days a week this summer.

While it’s really hard to beat having a nanny who comes over to my house and plays with Jack all day while I work upstairs, I also think the timing is pretty great and that Jack is really ready to start school. He knows that some of his friends already go to school and will ask me all the time when he gets to go. It’s adorable, and it makes me feel better about the upcoming childcare change. We have several friends whose kids attend the same school, too, and I love knowing Jack will get to play with some of the little buddies he already knows well.

All in all, it’s been a pretty ideal situation and I feel so lucky with how everything worked out. I have no idea what we would’ve done had Sydney not moved into town and solved all of our problems!

Be sure to check out the other posts on choosing childcare here: JenAlex | Caitlin | Catherine | Leah | Leslie | Rebecca | Sarah | Erin

What about you? How did you find your childcare situation? Is there anything you’d do differently if you could?

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  • Kara
    March 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Natalie! I know this is totally off subject, but I also had a child who refused to take a bottle. She was my second. I have seven(Yes, seven.). I had such mommy guilt over introducing bottles, but I wasn’t able to exclusively nurse any of my children past 3 months (Neither could my mother or grandmother. It is a hereditary problem.). I waited too long to introduce my second to a bottle. When I did she refused to take it. I couldn’t produce what she needed and her height and weight plummeted below the curve on the growth chart. She never did take a bottle. All of that to say, if you plan on using a bottle, my best advice is to introduce one before six weeks. I waited until eight weeks with a few of my children and they were already resistant by then. I just wanted to share from my experience. Have a good day Natalie!

  • Katie @ Live Half Full
    March 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    We are really lucky. I work full time in an office and my company offers daycare, so we do that twice per week to give my 1 1/2 year old structures time and socialization. My in-laws watch him two days per week and then I work from home on Fridays!

  • Sara Azani
    March 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Thanks so much or sharing, Natalie! <3

    xx Sara

  • Cyd
    March 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Currently hoping a Sydney drops from the sky for us, too! Our little one is nearing sixteen months and it’s time for me to get more regular about my work hours and routine again. Even someone here a couple of days a week would be a great help!

    • Natalie Borton
      March 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Yes, even a couple days makes a huge difference!