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Delayed Vaxing and Childcare?

post #1 of 8
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Our first baby is due in December, and we're planning on going with Dr. Sears' delayed schedule for vaccinating.

I'll be home with baby for the first 12 weeks, and then likely returning to work 2-3 days a week at that time. (though I dont want to, but thats not an option). DP's mom will probably be watching the baby 1-2 days a week...but I'll eventually have to face the idea of putting her in daycare once Im back to work full time.

Have any of you other mamas had to deal with doing a delayed or selective schedule and needing to put your little ones into childcare before they were finished getting immunized?

Any advice/suggestions/BTDTs are greatly appreciated!


(FWIW, we plan on exclusively breastfeeding, so she'll get some immune protection that way)
post #2 of 8
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Nobody on this forum that delays/declines vaccinations has to have someone else watch their children??
post #3 of 8
I haven't (we still vax'ed when my oldest was in daycare), but my sister tried to plead her case with the centers she was looking into (in GA). All said they wouldn't take her dd unless she was up to date on every single recommended shot.
post #4 of 8
Here are the IL regs. I didn't read the whole thing, but it sounds like IL is all-or-nothing, according to this. However, keep in mind that not all states require as many vaxes at as early an age as the AAP/CDC/whomever may recommend. Also, you can push a shot to the later end of the required window. If it says 2-4 mos, you can wait until 4 mos.

So...an IL mama might come along, but from what I can tell, you can't selective/delay and expect to use a licensed daycare. HTH!
post #5 of 8
It gets tricky when using public schools and outside child care if you are selectively vaxing. Usually you would submit a religious exemption instead of the vaccine card, but you would be exempting yourself from the practise of vaccination. Therefore, ALL Vaccines. This is what I do, as we do NOT vax for anything. In NYS, this is what is required if you wish to attend school or enroll your child in a daycare that excepts state aid.

If you selectivly vaxx, then a religious exemption would not really be prevelent, as you cant only selectively be against some vaxxes.
post #6 of 8
Have have two children that are unvaxed, (except for my first that had a few shots at first before I decided I absolutly wouldn't be giving him anymore). They have both been in fulltime daycare since six weeks. Exclusivly Breastfed (pumped) for the first six months, then supplemented formula as needed after that. Never had any problems with illnesses in daycare, just the usual colds. My first did get Roseola at about 10 months, Just a high fever for a few days then the rash, and he did get several ear infections and got tubes. My daughter now 17 months and not a single vax has had nothing but the runny nose cold and occasional mild fever not even needing any medication.
As far as enrolling them in daycare, when I put them in a regular fully accedited daycare center I just gave them my exemption form and they did not bat an eye. I am military and when I had them enrolled in the base daycare they tried to not honor my religious exemption and I had to file a formal complaint and once reviewed by people who can read and follow the laws I was then allowed to put my kids in the Military base daycare. So I did not really go into the fact the my first had a couple shots, but that never came up, so as long as you do not have a place that will have access to your drs. immunization records I would just not mention that she has any vaxes when you file religious exemption.
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Originally Posted by Dichotomy View Post
Our first baby is due in December, and we're planning on going with Dr. Sears' delayed schedule for vaccinating.

I'll be home with baby for the first 12 weeks, and then likely returning to work 2-3 days a week at that time. (though I dont want to, but thats not an option). DP's mom will probably be watching the baby 1-2 days a week...but I'll eventually have to face the idea of putting her in daycare once Im back to work full time.

Have any of you other mamas had to deal with doing a delayed or selective schedule and needing to put your little ones into childcare before they were finished getting immunized?

Any advice/suggestions/BTDTs are greatly appreciated!


(FWIW, we plan on exclusively breastfeeding, so she'll get some immune protection that way)
My dd is vaccines-free and my son received only a few shots as a baby (something I deeply regret), both went through child care and now are in K.
post #8 of 8
To the two PP's...there is no issue with giving a few vaxes and then stopping completely, which is what it sounds like you both did. My ds1 had most of his shots (on their schedule) before I had a change of heart.

Where it gets tricky is when you want to vax, just on your own schedule. So while it's good to hear neither of you has had issues, it may have been a different story if you wanted to do a selective schedule. That's the OP's dilemma.

So, OP, I would have to say that it seems you really can't do what you're wanting to do, at least in your state. You will have to either give everything on the schedule recommended by your state, or give none and file an exemption. And it really doesn't work to file the religious exemption and then try to fly under the radar with a vax here and there. Most if not all states have a registry. Search for my recent thread about that topic.

You could always skip licensed daycares and just find a mama to babysit for you, or you could have someone in your home to watch your LO...or you could just not vax at all. Stick around here and learn all you can! GL!
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