Tue. Nov 29th, 2022
Nanny or daycare: which is better for your baby?

When we run out of maternity leave, all mothers are faced with the same dilemma: nanny or daycare? We see the pros and cons.

Babysitter or nursery? When we run out of maternity leave, working mothers have no choice but to leave our babies in the care of others. The problem is that no one seems good enough to us.

My search for a nursery began when I was pregnant , since I did not want to be left without a place in the ones that I thought were the best. But when it was time to go back to work, I changed my mind and started looking for a babysitter. In the end, none convinced me and I went back to the original idea.

But, despite the fact that I loved my son’s nursery, I admit that I would have preferred a reliable babysitter. If he had found her he would not have doubted it. The bad thing is that good professionals are scarce.

I suppose that this dilemma between nanny or daycare is experienced by many mothers. Do you find yourself in that situation? It is best to list the pros and cons of each option.


Advantages and disadvantages of hiring a nanny

One of the main reasons why I would have preferred a nanny is because I wanted my son to be at home, with someone dedicated exclusively to his care . Other advantages of nannies compared to daycare centers:

  • If the baby gets sick, you don’t have to take time off work to take care of it.
  • The risk of getting any virus or disease is lower. In this sense, it must be remembered that the immune system of babies is very immature. For this reason, the Spanish Association of Pediatrics recommends avoiding children’s centers up to 2 years of age.
  • The schedule of the babysitters adapts to that of the parents, while with the nurseries it is the parents who have to adapt.
  • When it’s time to remove the diaper , the babysitter can help him gradually go to the bathroom on his own.

Among the drawbacks, the most widespread is that children do not socialize. But in reality, that interaction with other children can also be had in the park. Check out our parenting site for more and great ideas for your new born.

Then there is an issue that seems fundamental to me. It is assumed that when they start in first grade, none of them know anything and they all start from scratch. Colours, numbers, letters… Children who have been in a nursery already know them and even know a few words in English.

You also have to take into account that nannies can get sick, suffer an unforeseen event or have family problems that prevent them from going to care for the child. How do you fix it if it happens? Who then stays with the little one?

pros and cons of nurseries

For their part, day care centers offer the security that staff are trained to care for young children. In addition, the monthly cost per child is lower than that of hiring a babysitter . The price depends on whether the center is public or private, but even adding a dining room and extended hours, it is below the cost of a full-time babysitter.

To give you an idea, public nurseries cost an average of 170 euros and private ones approximately 300. To these amounts you have to add food, extended hours and a snack if you need it, so the cost can exceed the 500 euros. For its part, a full-time babysitter earns at least the SMI (950 euros in 2020).

In addition, babies are in contact with other children their age throughout the day and learn a lot of things that they might not discover until they start school.

The main disadvantages I had already mentioned when talking about the advantages of nannies: the monitors have to take care of several small children at the same time and the children often get sick.

If you are concerned about the operation, you can always ask other parents and make an appointment with the director to visit the facilities and check that it complies with all safety regulations . Make sure you have an activity license and that the caregivers have the necessary qualifications.

As you have seen, choosing between a nanny or a nursery is more a personal preference of each family.