A Childcare Primer for First-Time Parents

by Carrie Cronkey

Quick Takes

  • Learn about all of the types of care available
  • Understand what your family truly needs for care and make trade-offs
  • Always have backup care in mind
  • Explore and use your parental benefits at work
  • If your childcare choice isn’t working, make a change

There’s so much to do as a new parent, and it often seems like every time you check one thing off your list, five more magically appear. Some are easier to check off than others. More diapers? A few taps on the phone, and they’re on their way. Thank-you notes for baby gifts? Maybe we’ll finish those tomorrow. There’s one item, though, that’s on the list of every working parent—and honestly, it will crop up on your list again ...

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