Kiko having recently turned one and she being incredibly social, we decided she might enjoy the chance to play with some other children on a regular basis. So, we decided to use a nearby daycare once a week. We have been fortunate enough not to have to use daycare until now thanks to my husband and mom’s help.
The first day went well. She played, napped once but as soon as she saw me at the end of the day she broke down in tears. I felt bad for her, since it must have been stressful to have been around with a bunch of strangers all day long. The second time we used the daycare, it was not such a good experience. She did not cry like the last time, but she came back super thirsty, hungry and tired. According to them she only napped once for about 30 minutes, although she still naps twice a day when she is at home. She finished 3 bottles of 200ml when we got home, and I just wondered why the daycare people didn’t give her enough to drink?! Also, they asked me her napping schedule and I specifically requested to put her down around a certain time, but apparently they did not feel that instruction acceptable. I was so frustrated because her schedule was off and after getting home we battled until bed time on account of our shared crankiness.
We use the daycare only once a week, so I will see how it goes the next few weeks.. What is your experience with daycare? If you are working, who takes care of your kids? Any advice?