Finding daycare in the Bismarck/Mandan area right now is a little tough. Especially with a newborn - or even an infant under one year old. If you're lucky enough to find an arrangement, you can expect to pay a good chunk of change for someone to watch your child while you're at work.
I have had the blessing of working at two employers who have a baby at work policy. These policies are not only beneficial for the baby, but can be a great benefit to the entire family unit. The daycare expenses saved and the health and social benefits for the baby can make a huge difference! The policies usually state the baby can come with you to work until the sixth month of age.
Obviously not every workplace is appropriate for bringing your baby to work. Some occupations just don't have the right fit for this arrangement. There are some wonderful care providers in the Bismarck/Mandan area!
A few things to check out if you are thinking about bringing your baby to work.
- Check your employee policies to make sure they offer the arrangement
- Ask your employer, if you are choosing not to breastfeed, if you are eligible for the arrangement
- Talk to your co-workers to make sure they are aware of the arrangement, discuss and address any concerns
The benefits to bringing your baby at work are great. Your little one gets to spend quality time with you, Mom! Usually the arrangement entails a breastfeeding mom so money is continually saved by being able to breastfeed longer. Money is also saved by not having to find outside childcare. The social benefits of having your baby at work are also huge. I noticed that my son interacted very well with others and was a very happy baby around all of the people. He also slept well when there was noise around - which helped in many other situations that arose later on!
My son is now turning 4 in about a month. I can honestly say that I wouldn't have changed my decision to bring him to work with me for his first 6 months. It was the best decision I could have made.