Am I Crazy To Consider Babysitting 3 One Year Olds

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Heather F - February 21

At this point in time my dd is 11 months old and I babysit another baby girl that is 10 months old 30 hours a week (4 days) and its working out beautifully. Her mom pays me $150 a week which is just enough to be worth it. A friend of mine with a baby girl that is 12 months old approached me about baby sitting for her 25 hours a week (3 days) for the same ammount of money. If I decide to do this for her I could be making more a month then I would have been making had I kept my job in human resources and put dd in daycare. My dh is all for it and I see it as a way to stay home without money worries until dd is in kindergarden. My only fear is that I am going to be exhausted and my dd won't get enough of my attention. what do you guys think, should I give it a try?

 

Heather F - February 21

p.s. - I worked in preschool for years and cared for 13 babies at a time - so I know I can fufill their needs with out a doubt - and I know its only going to get easier from here as they get older, now will be the hardest and thats what drives me to want to do it. A year from now when they are all two we can play all day, do arts and crafts walk to the park....the day will fly by. but then I think aobut the flip side and I say to myself "it would be like having triplets!! Am I crazy? What do you guys think. honest opinions please!

 

Rabbits07 - February 21

It will be a little harder, but certainly not impossible. When I had my (first) little ones I used to babysit my brothers all the time who were the same ages as my kids. I found that they interacted very well and I rarely felt overwhelmed. Only I didn't get paid, so that is a HUGE plus!!! If you get them all on the same routine as far as feeding and naps you shouldn't have too much of a problem....and you'll still have 3 days a week free for just your ds, right? So, $300 a week to stay at home with your son while he has healthy social interaction with other babies 3-4 days a week? YEP!

 

shelly - February 21

yes will be good to stay at home and still be earning more money than you were, youve got all the experience so you know what to expect and will still have plenty of time with dd with the days off. my friend is a childminder and started when her ds was about 8 months and her ds was never bored as the constant interaction with the other children. the tiredness be the only thing, you ll need a few early night lol but as they will be more or less the same age and it wont be constant bottle feeding as with younger babys. give it a try ,see how it goes. it be worth it when the pay check comes in ,and dd will be will have plenty of stimulation with the other babys there. good luck.

 

Heather F - February 21

right Rabbits, I would have Sat. and Sun plaus one day during the week free for dd so she would get Mommy alone time then. The one I already watch is on the same routine and nap schedule as my dd so I would just have to get the other baby girl on it as well, which leaves me 2 hours in the morning while they nap to clean and do other things that need to be done. I also love that my dd would have two other girls to learn to play nice with and socialize well with. I am glad you agree its a good idea!

 

Heather F - February 21

Thanks Shelly for your opinion, so far I am two for zero...looks like I am going to give it a try. I am glad you guys dont think I am crazy!

 

ninaatk - February 21

Hey there - I have a 3 month old and I care for 4 other children under the age of 5. It can be a bit of a challenge at times but for the most part it is all about routines!! I love it! My day flys by and I we have a fair bit of extra $$$$ from it! Good Luck!! It works for me!

 

Heather F - February 21

ninaatk - how much does each client pay you?

 

ashtynsmom - February 21

I think it would ve fun for the kids! The good thing about this age is that they are mobile and able to entertain each other. You will only have to supervise!! :)

 

ninaatk - February 21

$600 per month - but that does not include any lunch or snacks- they provide their own. You can either do it all as cash money or do it like a buisness ( thats how i do it) and then you get to write off a part of your morgage - bills - toys etc...Its really an awesome way to stay at home with my dd and earn a pritty good income. I think so anyways...

 

Heather F - February 21

ninaatk - that is a good living, I think just watching two for $600 a month is a good living.....if you run it like a business, how do you write off part of your morgage? Right now I am only babysitting one baby and she pays me in cash so I don't run it like a business yet but in the future I would like to get it as big as yours is and run it like one.

 

ninaatk - February 21

Well there’s 2 ways of doing it - you can get a business license and go through all the legal stuff and get inspected and become an "official " day home - but personally I find that too much - Because I have spent the last 5 years as a preschool teacher and a special needs aid worker I don’t need any of the resources that these places have to offer and it is really not necessary as I don’t have a fear that if anyone wanted to come into my home and inspect it - that it wouldn’t be 110% in code for all the areas that they look at - if your worried about that kina thing - I think you can look up daycare standards and see what they are in your area. But how I do it - when I do my taxes I file as a home based business - I claim all my earnings and then calculate the percentage of my house that the business takes up and then I get to deduct that part of my morgage and utilities - Also all year I save all my recipients from toys (any and all I buy) - crayons, paper , movie rentals, cookie mixes ( we bake once a week) and all that kind of stuff and then I write it off - also I get to write off my van - I can because its a lease so I get to write off 100%! But it is the only reason I drive a van too! LOL... and whatever gas I use doing stuff with the kids! It has worked out really well for me and I really enjoy it - It is great to stay at home and make a good living so that my daughter can have all things I want her to have! And another bonus is the fact that even though I havent decided if I want another child yet my dd has a ton of social interaction with other kids and there is always someone for her to play with! Hope that helps!

 

Heather F - February 22

Thank you Ninaatk - I would eventually like to do what your doing, that is my goal. Right now I am living in an apartment and I dont have the resources to babysit more then the two but in July we are moving into a house that has a converted garage that is 500 sq feet and I plan to make that a "preschool" cla__sroom and watch as many as 5 kids at one time. I to taught preschool for years before I had dd and i have taken the cla__ses for licensing an at home daycare service, I dont know that I want to register with the state though because the health department will show up and inspect my house and right now in the apartment I dont have the ability to make it up to code but eventually I will have to (when we move) because I will need the license to gain clients. How do you gain clientele without being licensed?

 

ninaatk - February 22

Well - 2 of my fulltime kids that I care for I knew through teaching - the others I got by running an add in our local paper - I did a fair size add in the cla__sified section , running for 1 week and then When I met with the parents I explainned to them that I am not licenced but I would be happy to provide them with a long list of refrences so that they could be a__sured that my facility is the best. Thats how I did it - and dont call it a dayhome either - Call it Playcare or preschool care or all-day preschool that kina thing - thats another loop hole in some places. If you want to talk about this any further we can start e-mailling if you want?? Post and let me know!!

 

mandee25 - February 22

I want to possibly try and babysit in my home so I can stay at home with my son after maternity leave. Maybe one or two kids. Some people say I am crazy for doing this but I would do anything to be a sahm.

 

Heather F - February 22

Ninaatk - I would love to e-mail with you, I have a ton more questions I would like to ask. Its turns out I am going to start watching the other baby not this coming week but the following. My e-mail is Farnhamhs at yahoo - I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Heather F - February 22

Mandee25 - I think its is great that you babysit other children out of your home so that you can be a stay at home mom. I actually think it is better for your own baby to get the interaction from the other babies you are sitting for. Goodluck getting started!

 

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