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I am a SAHM, I currently have 2 children. 9months and 2.4 years. Both are having issues, youngest has low muscle tone and eldest in speech therapy. I’m trying to decide if I should keep sending my 2 year old to day care or not, I’m sick of being sick and I feel like I only get them as babies once at home, but it seems to be helping his vocabulary as well as interaction with kids his age and learning new things. Help!

Posted by mom99528, 29th April 2015

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  • Thats a difficult one and a very personal choice but honestly if you are worried about him being sick and don’t want to spend time away from them then there are other ways to socialise like playgroup or music/storytime at the library or even just park catch ups with friends.

  • I personally think daycare is good for them. You don’t need to send him everyday, but a couple of days will be good and the you still get to spend plenty of time with him.

  • How often does he go? It sounds like one or two days a week might be a good thing.

  • I couldn’t be away from mine. I only get them this young once and every moment with them is special. I feel so lucky to be one of the few that got to be home with my kids although we had to give up everything to do it and they are growing up isolated on a farm. We spent loads of time reading and playing together and now the two eldest are at school and have loads of friends and are doing really well. Mom knows best what is right for her family so you should trust you will do what is best.

  • I am in a similar situation and I think sending the oldest to two days to daycare will help a lot.

  • Maybe try a probiotic or multi vitamin

  • Definitely, day care will help and every one needs a little help sometimes!

  • I think daycare would help with the speech for your older child. It’s probably going to benefit other things too – social development, confidence around people outside of home, playing with other kids etc. how many days is she going? Even one or two days will be beneficial.

  • It is surprising how much help staff at daycare can help them to say words. Both of our children improved quickly when ineracting with the staff and other children in their age groups. Is your 9 month old having therapy to help strengthen muscles at all? If not, approach your GP for a referral to get help. The younger child is, the better chance of some success. Are you in SA? We have some very good paediticians, physiotherapists, organizations etc. who should be able to give you advice.

  • Play is definitely good for children when they are developing their language skills. Children learn language through constructive play with other children and adults.

  • My two year old was also getting Speech Therapy, and the Day care was recommended by specialists to help her with her speech. It helped her so much, and she also loved socialising with so many other kids. One of the best decisions we ever made.

  • If your oldest is getting speech therapy then I think it might be beneficial to send him to daycare, he will get more of a chance to socialise and interact with other kids his age and will probably help his speech development. I found both my kids are advanced in their speech development and learn so much at daycare that they can’t be taught at home.

  • I would totally recommend childcare, but maybe only 1 or 2 days to start with. Kids love being around others kids and it helps them to socialise, share and communicate with other children.
    I work part time and my kids have 2 days in care, which is perfect for us. I still get lots of lovely time with them and they get the benefits of being at an amazing child care centre.

  • Kids immunity really benefits from daycare and helps them build a strong one for the start of school. It also helps with social skills which is also really important. Does your 2year old enjoy going? If full time, maybe cut back so you still get a few days with your 2yr old also but they are still benefitting from childcare. All the best

  • Thanks to the ladies already having commented. What I mean by sick is colds, flus, tonsillitis, gastro etc. we have had it all! He is always Gerry and has a cough! We started him back 2 days a week last week and he is already sick and has made my little one sick. So 2:36am up with 2 sick bubbas it does make me think whether it’s worth it or not. He was in daycare last year for over 4.5months and in that whole time was never better for more then a week. I think I will persist though as he is learning so much and didn’t even shed a tear. :) I really appreciate the comments please keep them coming, love to hear opinions, :)

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