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When To Start Looking For Child Care

How to avoid those two dreaded words: Wait list.

When should you start the search for child care? Last week! Just kidding (sort of). The answer to this one depends on where you live and what kind of care you're looking for. But the clock is definitely ticking.

If you're shooting for a day care facility (stimulating environment, interaction with other kids), you'll probably need to apply pronto. Day cares in major cities can have waiting lists out the wazoo (as in 9 to 12 months or more). Prefer an in-home nanny (personal attention, more flexible schedules)? Put your feelers out for recommendations, but you should be okay holding off on interviews until baby's around to help pick his or her match.

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Differences Betweeen Nanny and Day Care

How to Find a Good Nanny

How to Find a Good Day Care