Working From Home? FAQs About Infant Care

Do work-from-home parents need infant care? If you have a remote job and a baby, you may not be able to combine the two and become a stay-at-home/work-from-home parent. If you have a new remote job, new baby, or both, take a look at what you need to know about child care and your options.

Why Do You Need To Use an Infant Care Program?

You work from home, but you also have to care for your baby. Unlike tweens and teens, infants require 24/7 supervision and have near-constant needs. Between diaper changes, feedings, and everything else you do for your baby, you won't have time to work. Both your job and your infant require your full attention. This makes it almost impossible to split your time during a regular work day.

Instead of rushing back and forth between your baby and your business calls or trying to fit in a few emails when your infant finally naps, enroll your child in daycare. A full- or part-time program provides the care and supervision your infant needs while you work from home. This eliminates extra stress, helps to increase your productivity level, and allows you to create a manageable workday routine.

Why Does Your Infant Need Daycare?

You aren't the only one in the family who can benefit from daycare. Even though your baby isn't ready to read, write, or solve math problems, the early educational setting of daycare can help your infant grow, develop, and build new skills.

Infant daycare programs provide more than just out-of-the-home supervision. These programs do provide the care your baby needs while you work from home. But they also include a curriculum with daily activities. The specific activities at your child's daycare center depend on the program, the teacher, and the age of the infants.

Examples of infant activities that are age/developmentally appropriate for younger babies include simple sensory explorations (such as looking in mirrors or handling soft blocks) and story-time. Older infants who are mobile may engage in gross motor (large muscle) activities, sing songs, play with soft toys, build with soft or rubber blocks, listen to stories, page through board books, or go for nature walks outdoors.

Which Child Care Program Is Right for Your Infant?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Before you visit infant programs, make a list of what you want to see in a school and what your child needs. You will also need to decide whether you want to put your child into a full- or part-time daycare program and how much you want to (or can) spend on care.

For more information, contact an infant care program today.