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You are traveling down the same path I walked many years ago. We have 3 boys and with number 1 we did extensive research. For my family it rested on our gut and how forthcoming the child care provider – we opted for in-home child care – was in answering our questions.
I vividly recall one who studdard when I ask how often she cleans the crib sheets as I was sure babies would share that space. She told me just when they got wet or messy. Not what I wanted to hear.
At the end of the process we decided to pay extra for a woman who had a licensed colleague helping in her home. The two of them had 2 infant and 6 children ages 2 to 5. We were given the opportunity to speak with two families who had children there. Ironically we are still good friends with one of them and I still have the piece of paper on our fridge with her name and number.
I hope this is helpful to you, Zoe. I’m excited for you!