Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Please cast you votes to the right.
***BTW- thanks for those who provided feedback on Gracie and the poop situation. I think we are going to reevaluate the food she eats. I was making homemade food for her in the past (rice, ground chicken, carrots, celery and parsley) but stopped about a month ago (laziness) and switched to Pedigree dog food (total random choice). I may have to go back to the homemade or find a good canned choice for her. We mix it with her kibble.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Hilltop (daycare #1) offers formula and solids in their tuition, is $50 less, has better pick up and drop off parking, has staff who have been there for over 14 years in the infant room, changes their schedule every 30 minutes, starts the day off with "lots of hugs, smiles and holding", has accommodated same sex families, close to home, offers groups for parents, uses stimulating activities such as reading, puppets, music, songs, art, and toys. Their ratio is 1:3. The only drawback: don't love the neighborhood, and they follow Pittsburgh Public School snow days (could pose a problem).
CDC (daycare #2) does not offer any extras in their tuition. Hot meals only start when the child is 1 and is in the 1 year old room. They have a teacher with a BA in child ed in each room. Their ratio is 1:4, it's close to work, the children are held in a room with other children up to the age of 2 until all the staff and children arrive for the day, their schedule changes every 60-90 minutes. I didn't see anything about the use of music, puppets and art. I did notice a lot of use of toys.
Both allow me to drop in any time to feed, have lunch or say hi to our child. Both will accommodate same sex families, although CDC said in the 5+ years she's been there, she's never had a same sex family in their infant room. Both offer codes to get into the facility. However, CDC said the code can be given by the family to extended family. I'm concerned about this because it seems like really easy access for loony family members.
So while there are other pros and cons for each, daycare #1 is the top contender at this time.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday- tour a highly recommended daycare center located less than a mile from us.
Thursday- the big u/s followed by lunch with Danielle's mother and sister to celebrate the gender.
Friday- prenatal appt with Mr. Midwife
Saturday- lunch again with the in-laws and some baby shopping/registry updating at BRU.
Here are some questions I've come up with so far to ask the daycare center. If anyone has any suggestions please add them. In my search for what to look for in a daycare, most of the info was geared towards toddlers and not so much on newborns. If there's anything you like about your infant room/daycare provider can you share?
- Daycare Questions:
- What are your hours? Drop off and pick up?
- Do you care for babies in cloth diapers? If so what would I need to do to make it easier for you?
- What is the schedule for newborns like?
- How do you handle holidays like father’s day for children who come from single parent homes or two mother homes? (i.e make a card for uncles/grandfathers)
- What is your policy for sick children?
- Do you still charge if we go on vacation for a few days to a week?
- Which holidays are you closed? Are we charged for that day?
- Do you accept FSA?
- What is the staff to child ratio?
- What kind of training does your staff have (i.e. CPR, Child Development)?
- Is there a nurse on staff?
- What is included in your fee? Diapers, formula, meals, etc? Is there a discount if your child breastfeeds, is on a special formula that you don’t provide or is cloth diapered?
- As our child gets older, will you respect our wishes for no candy?
- What kind of snacks do you serve older children?
- Do you offer an educational program or curriculum? At what age do you start?
- What kind of stimulation or child development skills do you offer infants?
- What is your policy on discipline?
- Do you send home a daily report on how my child’s day went?
- Do you allow parents to visit during the day?
- Can parents join their child during lunch time every once in a while?
- How do you reduce the spread of germs and infections (i.e. washing hands after diaper changes, children not coming if they are sick/sick room, washing hands before lunch)?
- Are babies taken outside for fresh air/walks?
- Do you allow children to watch tv or play video games? Is there another alternative to this activity?
BTW, I called my insurance company today and an electric breast pump can be coverd if my doc/midwife gets an auth and documents that I'll be separated from my child for either work or school. That'll be a huge saving on my part.
UPDATE: The tour went well. I got all of my questions answered and then some. Their daily schedule made me choke up because it's so cute. SugarPlum is officially on the list.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
- Free shipping= a savings of $150
- Comes with the safety rail (aka toddler rail) for free= a savings of $90
- On sale= a savings of $150
- Great reviews on JCP's website= peace of mind
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Shown: Bib (will have to pass it along if I have a boy) and some burp cloths (heard the cloth diapers make great burb cloths).