7 reasons you shouldn’t feel guilty about putting your baby in daycare

by Emily Fedorowycz |

Ditch the mum guilt about putting your baby into childcare – there are plenty of benefits for you both

Going back to work after maternity leave always comes with mixed feelings. And guilt about putting your little one in daycare is undoubtedly a biggie. Welcome to motherhood – trust us, you’re not alone. In fact, new research by myfamilycare.co.uk into the state of mind of working parents in the UK has found that 80% of women feel guilty about going back to work. But in reality, it’s good for your baby and for you.

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1) It makes your baby more sociable

One of the key skills your baby will learn in daycare is how to be sociable. ‘He’s spending all day interacting with other children as well as other adults, which is all beneficial for his social development,’ says life coach Jenny Garrett, author of Rocking Your Role (Ecademy Press, £12.99). ‘I’d say learning to socialise is as important as any developmental skills he picks up during this stage.’

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