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Would you use a drop-in child care center? It is a type of day care center, but geared for people who need occasional babysitting. It is a no reservation, no contracts type thing that you can use whenever you need to (dr appointments, hair appts, errands that you don't want to bring your children along, or just if you need an hour or two to yourself once in a while). Or really anything that you would hire a babysitter for. But instead of hiring a babysitter, you drop your kids off at this awesome indoor play center where they can play while you go out and do what you need to do.

Would you use it?
 

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We had one here, and we loved it! It was enclosed by windows, so we could walk by and see how the kids were doing. The women who worked there were really sweet and my kids liked them. Every week they did different activities too.
 

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I haven't because DD just. will. not. separate. from. me. However, I do have an IRL friend (and MDC mama) who is a doula and she uses one when her clients calls in labor and her DH isn't home to watch the kids. I asked her about the place and she was pretty positive about it. HTH

ETA: I did once take DD to the play place at IKEA when some of her friends were going and she had a blast.
 

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I volunteered at a drop-in child care center when I was in college and it was a really nice place for kids. The organization served low-income families who needed to take care of appointments without bringing their children along. It also served as respite for some parents, and a fun social outlet for the children. I would definitely take my son to a place like the one I worked at, as long as he enjoyed it and the adults in charge were consistant (not a revolving roster of workers/volunteers) and the overall "vibe" was calm and not wild. In fact I think it would be a great idea.
 

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maybe

Depends on the activities they had, the number of kids, the reliability.

My day care center in Argentina had 24 hr emergency drop off and that was really great for DH when I got sick and he had to take me to hospital. Benjamin could just stay with people he knew and trusted already.

There is a soft play center here in Costa Rica that you HAVE to leave the kid there. There is no space for parents to sit and have a coffee. You drop the kids off and go shop around the mall or whatever. For hours if you want.

It is VERY popular with the upper-echelon moms of society here. I have never used it, but now that we have a car, I might.

I think it costs about $10 an hour, though which is pretty pricey for errand running.
 

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I guess I'm the first "No".

If I leave my children with someone, it is with someone I know very well, and trust fully, and in a place that I know well that is safe.

I couldn't think of anything but getting back to my kids if I left them in a drop-off center. So trying to "get a break" that way would be pointless.
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ETA: I did once let my oldest play in the IKEA drop-off while we waited for dh. But I sat on the bench outside and watched him. Even there, where I would be in the same building, I wouldn't have been comfortable leaving him.
 

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Originally Posted by cappuccinosmom View Post
I guess I'm the first "No".

If I leave my children with someone, it is with someone I know very well, and trust fully, and in a place that I know well that is safe.

I couldn't think of anything but getting back to my kids if I left them in a drop-off center. So trying to "get a break" that way would be pointless.
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ETA: I did once let my oldest play in the IKEA drop-off while we waited for dh. But I sat on the bench outside and watched him. Even there, where I would be in the same building, I wouldn't have been comfortable leaving him.
Word for word, even the Ikea thing! Too funny.
 

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We have a place kind of like that here but they do classes and stuff too and will only accept kids over 6 as drop offs unless you make prior arrangements. We love it. The way it works here is that you have to be a member and pay a monthly flat rate and that allows your kid to take any classes offered and free drop-in child care any time of day for up to two hours, after that it becomes $4/hr. This really saved us when I was trying to find afterschool childcare for the kids so I could take classes. Honestly, I cant wait until my littles are bigger so they can go alone too.

We also do the drop in daycare at the gym for at least an hour mon-fri. DH works all the time so without these services I would never be able to do anything at all without the kids.
 

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nope. I just don't trust strangers watching my children. Just don't. It doesn't matter how nice, sweet, caring, loving, responsible, they seem. I fully understand many people do trust others in these positions to watch their kids and I'm sure their kids have positive experiences a great majority of the time... but, I just can't deal with that scenerio. I have some pretty fierce anxiety about my kids being in the care of others.

EDIT: In the few times we've taken dd to Chuck-e-cheese for relitives b-day parties I won't even let dd play without dh or I wandering around with her. There they have a person at the door checking the parent/child glow in the dark stamp thingies so no one can get out with other people's children but, that doesn't make much of a difference to me.... even when I'm in the building with her. While most parents are comfortable sitting in the eating area and chatting while their kids run around and play, I'm not. Besides, I like playing the games too


Drop-n-play or the like are never an option and there is no scenerio where I would NEED them. I take both kids everywhere I go and if I need some medical testing or something where children are not allowed to go in with me I find someone I know to come along and watch kiddos in the waiting room while I have to do whatever testing. But, nothing else really warrants childcare for me. I take them grocery shopping, to doc apps, out to eat, on my photo shoots, to run errands, to auto shops when my car needs maintenace, when I get my hair done, to dh's sparring sessions, everywhere. Before ds was born (and I wasn't EBFing like I am now) dh and I would ask a grama over every several months or so while we went out for dinner or to the casino (only places within about a mile away anyway) but, thats it really. Not that I wouldn't mind a little break every now and then but, I just don't take any.
 

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Yes, I let my daughter stay in the little drop-in daycare at the gym while I work out sometimes. But I do trust the staff there and asked about criminal background checks and CPR training. My grocery store has a drop-off care center that I do not use. Having worked in a grocery store myself I know the criteria for hiring isn't particularly stringent at places like that.
 

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Fred Meyer (grocery store, but bigger.. kinda comparable to target i guess) has a little child care area. Its small/simple. A little playhouse, a table for coloring, a few toys.. but dd absolutely LOVES it. She seriously starts holding her arm out for the wrist band as soon as we start pulling into the parking lot. Its free for an hour of toddler (and tantrum) free grocery shopping. Bliss. I've only seen 3 different people working there. I'm comfortable with it. Plus it is the only way to get any shopping done without generating lots of stares and disturbing the other customers. I envy those who can just plop their toddlers in the cart and just shop.
 

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No,I wouldn't use one.I don't really have use for one.I prefer to bring my daughter with me to as many places as I can including Dr. appointments.And between my husband,my mom and my sister I don't need a care center for the few things I would do without her.Plus I couldn't afford it.
 

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I would use it if we knew the people working there.
I wouldn't just leave them with adults they did not know at all. If I were in the building (such as at Ikea) I would probably do that, as long as I knew I could be called immediately if dd wanted me.
 

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I would sometimes. We don't have regular child care and usually the kids just tag along if one of us has to go somewhere and the other can't stay home for some reason, but once in a while I don't really want them to tag along.
 

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Nope. I tend to like having DD w/ me as much as possible, she is shy and would be probably be scared there, and I worked in childcare for a very long time, which makes me totally bias about group child care settings.
 

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Nope, not even as a last resort. I would either take my kids with me or not do whatever it was I was suppose to do.
 
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