Should You Hire a Nanny or a Daycare?

Stay at Home Working Momma

Quote of the Week
“It takes a village
to raise a child.”
~ Africal Proverb


Last week I wrote about about your options when it comes to going back to work or deciding to stay at home with your Lo.

Either choice may lead you to the next question, of do I need help? How much and how often?

If you’re going back to a full time work position then you’ll probably need full time child care for during the day. You can either opt for a nanny or daycare. Either are good options and both come with their own challenges. Even if you only need daycare or a nanny part time the same pros and cons would apply. You just need to decide, based on your lifestyle, how much help you already have with family (if any at all), and what type of person you are to see which option or options are right for you.


In my very limited PNW experience this seems to be the go to choice for working mommas. Here are the pros:


+Sick: Your poor kid will be sick all. the. time. On the plus side they’ll be building up a killer immune system. When a child has a fever they are not allowed to attend school until it’s gone. Sometimes daycare will call you midday to say your child has a fever and you need to come get them. Behavior: Your little sponge will be susceptible to other children’s behaviors - both good and bad. There’s hitting, bitting, pushing, and more as kids learn to cope with their big feelings. It’s all normal and even happens at home, it’s just more prevalent when you have 8-10 kids in a class rather than 1 - 3 with a nanny.


This was the route we took, because with twins it was the most cost effective. About $2,700 month all in for two kids. Some daycares run that just for ONE kid depending on the school you pick and where you live. We’re in Seattle where everything is getting more and more expensive so nanny was a good way for us. We also both work from home so having the kids nearby to have lunch with and go on strolls and not have to commute them to a school in rush hour traffic were all reasons we chose this.

As some other added bonuses for a nanny:

Some challenges with a nanny are the following:

The last three years we’ve chosen young newbie nannies. Pro was I got to train them (which took a few months) and they were in our price range. Con is each quit after 9 months to a year because they went to pursue a different career. I think we’ll pony up for a someone in their 20s who have been doing this a few years and know childcare is for them.


I know a few stay at home moms who use daycare a few days a week or have a mother’s helper to help them for a few hours a day. There are pros and cons to both of these. You really just need to think about your needs as a momma and a women and decide which path works for you and what you can afford. A nanny for only one baby maybe more expensive, but you get some help around the house and is that more worth it to you? Do you work at home and having baby there is SUPER distracting and you get nothing done so really a daycare makes more sense for you and your family?

Find your happy medium. Find your village. You don’t need to do this alone to prove your super mom… that’s a given.

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