My son started daycare when he was about 18 months. It was a very difficult decision to make, but it had to be done. Both hubby and I work full time and even though he is a very lucky little boy because he also has both of his grandmas that would take care of him, it was time for him to move on. It was time for daycare.
I was terrified when I had to leave him for the first time. I spent all day asking myself all kinds of questions like "what is he doing?" or "Did he eat lunch?" or " Does he miss me?." It was a lot to get use to, but I knew that Ralphy had to learn to be more independent and I had to learn to let go. There comes a time, when they want to try new things, meet other children and just socialize. I believe this was the case with Ralphy. He had the need to be with other children his own age.
Now here we are, Ralphy is almost 3years old and he loves going to "school". He knows all his colors and his ABC's, he comes home singing a new song every day and he has a lot of friends that he talks about all the time. He is also learning his numbers and needless to say that the teachers were a great help when he started potty training. Ralphy was even getting better at sharing. He was growing up and it all happened at daycare.
While Ralphy was busy being a "big boy", I was busy trying to get used to the idea that he was now potty training, that he was eating all by himself with out any help, that he was no longer drinking from a bottle and didn't need me to hold it for him because like he once told me " mommy I'm a big boy, I can do it myself." I have never been so proud and sad at the same time in my life. The moment I have been dreading since he was born had come, the moment that I realized that my baby is not a baby anymore and it all happened at daycare.
So, to all the mothers out there that are maybe thinking about sending your kids to daycare, I know that the thought of sending them may be scary at first, but it does get better. My advice is to you is to do your research and trust me, you will know when you found the right one. I'm happy with the little person Ralphy is turning out to be and it all happened at daycare.