I have an opportunity to put my daughter in daycare for 4 hours, one day a week. It's really inexpensive, so money isn't an issue. We dropped in today to see how she liked it, and she seemed to have a lot of fun.
It would be nice to have 4 hours to myself, but I'm mostly thinking it would be good for her to get the socialization with other kids her age. Would you do it?
Yes! I just started my son in playcare once a week for four hours. He is in a million playgroups and classes, but I'm always there with him. He just turned 3 and I think it's good for him to not be with me for once! He loves it and so far hasn't brought home any colds or illnesses (my biggest concern). Plus, 4 hours without him is good for me!
She went yesterday and had a great time!
She's going back next week. We'll see how it goes. Fingers crossed!
We did this exact thing with my 18-month old starting three weeks ago. She's there for about 6 hours, and seems to enjoy it. I love that she gets to play on the playground, go outside, read books we don't have at home, and do any number of activities that I probably wouldn't get a chance to set up. (Today was corn cob prints!) I work during the first four hours, and they encouraged me to wait an additional 2 so I don't interrupt nap time. Turns out those two hours a week to myself are amazing! Grocery shopping is so much more doable now. Every time she comes home and I say "how was daycare?" she responds "babies!"
Be prepared to bring home some colds though, but it's a small price to pay, and she'll get exposed to them eventually anyway.
I'd say go for it & see how she likes it! I did the same thing and it turned out great for us. I'm a stay-at-home mom so my daughter was with my all the time. Don't get me wrong, I loved spending time with her, but sometimes a mom needs a little break! And I thought it would be good for her too so I put her in a Children's Day Out program once a week for 4 hours a day when she was almost 3. I think it really helped my daughter to be around other children her age and to be around other adults. Her BFF was in the same class so her first day was harder on me then it was on her! The next session we upped it to 2 days a week because she enjoyed it so much. I plan on enrolling my son when he's around 2 or so.