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child care/pedi help

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am getting a majorly late start to choosing a day care and pediatrician.  Can you moms tell me where the eff to start?   How the heck did you choose these things?  I have a couple recs I've received, but my head is spinning with such little time left.  Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Re: child care/pedi help

  • Thanks for the reminder - just another thing I have to do and it slipped my mind.

    We love love love our family doctor so I am planning on giving him a call and seeing if he recommends anybody.

  • you are not late at all...relax =)  i chose both by word of mouth and recs from friends and coworkers...start putting out the word now for suggestions.  what area do you live/work in?
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    you are not late at all...relax =)  i chose both by word of mouth and recs from friends and coworkers...start putting out the word now for suggestions.  what area do you live/work in?

    this! deep breaths! You're def not late on the pedi or daycare.  

    We in fact used one for a year from word of mouth and now we're switching for new baby.  When you get word of mouth also look up reviews online from other "real people".  I also found that once DS was born my parenting style didn't quite match with the pedi. (I didn't know that pre DS because I had no parenting style lol)

    Daycare wise..... I selected 5 or 6 to go visit. I googled questions and made a questionnaire. I visited each one at a typical drop off time to see how the teachers handled the busy time of day. (this was important to me because as a teacher I knew that beginning/end of day are craziest and that's when the best management comes out)  I'd also ask to stay for a bit (30 minutes ish) and then ask the director more questions. So it took us about 90 minutes to scope out a place (places we got good vibes from........ 2 or 3 we left within 15 minutes)

    So DH and I had our top 2. Picked number 2 because of $.

    DS was born Dec 21st........... Dec 31st we received a letter that stated: Daycare closing immediately........  at that point DH had a new job in a different location (daycare 1 was near our home, not near either work) so we were back searching again....... with a newborn!!

    So relax! You'll find something and you aren't too late! 

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  • Non-mom advice :)  I am pretty sure the county has a list of all licensed in-home and day-care centers.  That might be a good place to start.  Do you think you lean towards in-home or center? 
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  • There was a state website I went on that listed all license in home day cares, and got my list of 6 from that based on location, but there are a ton, I can forward you. I plan to visit all six/call them when I get around to it, as I've been really slacking too. As far as Pedi's are concerned, I plan to ask my OB's who they recommend.
  • I picked a pedi by rec's from friends and neighbors. Daycare was a bigger issue for me. Your county should have a list of licensed daycares that you can request as a start-- you can google to get a list of questions to ask daycare providers. The in-home places that are not licensed are harder to find and usually rely on word of mouth or craigslist or these boards. Typically, franchises are most costly, churches/YMCA/licensed in home centers are a little cheaper, and the unlicensed in home places are obviously the cheapest. There are pros and cons of going with any of the options but thats really a personal choice depending on your priorities. I dont know where youre located, but I know Abington and Holy Redeemer hospitals offer competitively priced daycare--I know someone who has had her dd and niece there for a couple years now and really likes it.
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  • I wouldn't go crazy with pedi.  Talk to friends and family.  Research online.  I treated it the same as I would for picking any new doctor.  If you aren't happy, it's not a super big deal to move.  I was a major slacker on this and ended up having Emma before I had even talked to any pedis.  So I asked the NICU, I looked up some Best Docs lists online, and called one.  One of the doctors there had done some specialized education on preemies so that cinched it.

    One thing to think about is what you like as far as a big busy office with lots of docs or a smaller office where you get to know the doctors.  I've always gone to bigger doctors offices, but for the pedi I decided on a smaller office with only three doctors.  It has worked out for us, but I know it's not for everyone.  We know all the doctors and nurses, they all know Emma.  We never have problems getting appointments and are always taken right back to a room.  That meant a lot to me when Emma was really small, and also when she had pneumonia and was having problems breathing.  She didn't need anymore germs, healthy or not.

    I'm not much help for daycare, we use a friend's mother, who runs an in home daycare.    But I know you are fine.  Some places will be full, but there will be plenty of great ones that aren't.  

  • Ditto what everyone else said. Our pedi was recommended by a friend with 3 kids. He also ended up being the pedi that came and spoke at our baby care 101 class. We picked him, no joke, bc he shared in the class that his wife breastfed their sons for 3 years each. Now that's not my goal, but it was important to me that we find a pedi that would really help us in that department.

    We had big time feeding problems in the hospital - he was so wonderful, telling us that we needed to give the baby a small amount of formula bc she wasn't producing enough diapers and her mouth was dry. But he showed us how to do it in a bf friendly way with a cup or syringe after we nursed to make sure she was getting enough. He was kind and encouraging and prob a big reason why I'm still bfing today. So, bottom line, go with one who shares your philosophy. The support in the beginning is really important.

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  • Ladies please keep the (as always) excellent advice coming.  I loathe feeling as unprepared as I do right now.  But you all have eased a bit of my fears a bit, which I (and I'm sure my DH will, ha) greatly appreciate.

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    Ladies please keep the (as always) excellent advice coming.  I loathe feeling as unprepared as I do right now.  But you all have eased a bit of my fears a bit, which I (and I'm sure my DH will, ha) greatly appreciate.

    Whenever I would feel overwhelmed and behind on my to-do list while pregnant I always remembered that those chicks on "I didnt know I was pregnant" didnt have ANYTHING prepared before hand and their kids came out of it okay. Or maybe they just dont show the episodes where things didnt work out very well ;P

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  • I knew we needed a daycare center over in-home because outside of weather issues, I always have someone to watch her.  I asked people for recommendations and fortunately one of the places we really liked had an opening.

    As for a pedi, the OB gave me a list to choose from and honestly, I picked one that was affiliated with CHOP and close to the daycare.  I didn't interview or anything because i figured if I didn't like them, I can always change. 

    DD: 6-24-11

    EDD: 9-20-14

  • image jessica0602:
    Ladies please keep the (as always) excellent advice coming.  I loathe feeling as unprepared as I do right now.  But you all have eased a bit of my fears a bit, which I (and I'm sure my DH will, ha) greatly appreciate.
    I swear it's hormonal. I never felt like I was going to get everything done. It's the nesting instinct I think. Totally normal. You'll get everything done. And if you don't it's ok.
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