Part of this balancing act includes a career, which requires childcare. How do you pick someone to spend 8 hours a day with your child? You have to give up control. They won't do cloth diapering. I am willing to give up that. I AM worried about the food. I do not want to give up controlling the foods my daughter eats. That might be a problem. So here is what I am looking for in a childcare center.
How many staff members are there? I'd like to see no higher than 1 to 6.
Can I bring my own food? I have food allergies, so I am making sure to really test Evelyn's food out for at least her first year, one of my primary reasons for making all of her baby food.
Free play vs. walkers? I don't want Evelyn "in" a toy all day. She loves to explore. I want her to have that option.
All day vs. part day? Can I pick her up when I leave work at 2:40 or am I supposed to wait until 6...cuz that isn't going to happen.
Any other things I should look for?