My daughter goes to a babysitter during the days, but our situation requires it. She had a parent home with her for the first 14 months of her life, though. I had a year of paid maternity leave, and then my husband was a SAHD over the summer. With him deciding to go back to university to persue further education, we had no choice but to start sending her to a babysitter. We obviously couldn't survive on zero income.
I'm not working for the "huge houses and expensive cars," like the original poster suggested. I'm working to support my family. :P
My husband will be a SAHD in the summers, until he graduates. She currently goes to a sitter around his school hours, so she's rarely there more than 5 hours a day. She's on a waiting list for both the daycare on his campus, and on campus where I'm working. I'll feel better knowing she's close by during the day, and if she's at the daycare at my work, I can go nurse her during lunch hour and breaks.
In a perfect world, I would love to be a SAHM until my daughter is in school full-time. But unless I want to be living in a cardboard box, I have to work. Sure, it's kind of sad when I stop and think that someone else is caring for my child, but I know that she enjoys her time there with her other little friend. And hearing her giggle as she runs to the door when I ring the sitter's bell, is the best sound in the world.