What Do You Pay for a Baby in Day Care

Updated on August 11, 2012
A.K. asks from Omaha, NE
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I know this is probably a regional question, but what do you pay for your 0 - 12 month to be in daycare or the sitter? I was thinking of taking on a baby to have some extra spending money and didn't know what to charge. It would be in my home and just one baby. I would have my own 8 month old here as well. Thanks to all who answer.

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answers from Victoria on

The average seems to be 20 dollars a day. Any where from 100- 120 a week. Some daycares provide the food also at no charge while others do not. I only take mine to Texas Certified so I can get taxes taken off for the cost of daycare. Also I would not care for someone elses child that was under three months and daycare wont take them under six weeks old. Good luck with two little ones. Hope it works out for you.

*********** wow Texas is cheap with daycare. Even in larger cities cost is under 200 a week for one child. Also the home sitter I had used her mother (who retired from home daycare, or her daughter who now works full time with the daycare. She also has a sister who has a home daycare and hires college age girls to help out. My daycare might have borrowed one of those girls on occasion. )

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I paid $38/day 5 years ago. It got a little cheaper each year as he got older. It was a licensed center.

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answers from Washington DC on


For 5 full days here for daycare is $310 per week. That is for care only. No formula. No diapers. NOTHING but a floor to "play" on and a crib to sleep in.

You will need to be licensed, insured and certified in CPR and first aid before I would bring my child/infant to your home.

Check with your state and county laws about operating a daycare from your home.

Don't forget about the tax implications - these people who bring their child to you will most likely be looking to use your fees as a tax write off - so you will HAVE to have a TIN (Tax ID Number) or a business ID.

Good luck!!

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answers from Washington DC on

My kids are 5, 7, and 9...and my sister watched them when they were younger, but...

My sitter charges $190 per week for an infant ranging from 0-24 months.

The local dayc are centers charge closer to $350 a week for an infant, again 0-24 months.

If you are doing it in your home I would think you can charge a little less, but make sure you have everything specified in a contract. Who brigns food/bottle/formula/etc? What happens when the baby is sick? What happens when you are sick? Will you be doing activities daily for the child to take home or will they be watching TV all day? I'd really lay out EVERYTHING you can think of and go from there.

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answers from Cincinnati on

Not sure this is helpful, since your question asks about 0-12mo. However, I had my second son in an in-home daycare from 15mo-26mo. We paid $30/day, or $150/week. He went 5days/week, 8am-4pm. The care provider's own children were older, 15, 13, and 10, I think. She watched 4 children total.

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answers from Kansas City on

I charge $200. per week. My clients provide all formula and diapers, once a baby is taking baby food I provide that.

Every State has different regulations, some don't require a license unless you are watching 2 or more children that are not your own.

If you plan to take the little one with you on outings make sure you let the parents know up front. I found that some families were all for that because their child would be going to the park, etc. Some families were very against having someone transport thier child.

In order to set my rate I called several facility childcare places and several home daycares in my area and found a number somewhere in between.

Good Luck,


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answers from Chicago on

My my daughter was a newborn it was right around $300 per week for her - that was in a center. I didn't have a baby in home care but I know in my area most in home sitters expected to be paid what a center was paid and I didn't agree with it because there was no 'backup' in the event the sitter was ill or something came up (when my son was around 2 we had a period of 6 months where he was at a home-based sitter....in that span of 6 months I took almost 10 days off - not because my son was sick, but because things kept 'coming up' with the sitter). This sitter that my son went to was expecting us to pay what we'd pay for a 2 year old at the former daycare she was at......yet, I was taking a bunch of days off because she couldn't be there.

Anyway - that experience is what sold us on a daycare center - but your question was what do you expect to pay.....as stated above, when my daughter was an infant it was right around $300 per week at a center - if you are shopping around and someone in-home wants that I'd suggest asking A LOT of questions regarding reliability, etc. etc etc. Ask for references for others that person has cared for.

I just re-read your question - YOU are the sitter!!!! anwyay - hope my answer helps a little!!!!!

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answers from Seattle on

Blessed Momma, JT is spot on. Anything under $350-400 a week for infant care _is_ cheap. Dang! $225/week is a steal for infant care.

Around here $1600 a month was the going rate for infant care, and that was a couple of years ago. That was also for a very nice, accredited daycare center.

In-home daycare and SAHM daycare when you are also taking care of your own child would be cheaper. A SAHM taking care of one other child would probably be much cheaper than a daycare center.

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answers from Washington DC on

I was looking at a center for my DD. Most had the same rate for infants and toddlers, since the ratio was the same and they were not potty trained. Rates varied from $275/wk to $440/wk. The $440 included a $40/wk fee to stay open til 6:30PM and also included formula - but only 2 brands and no discount if you didn't use it. We paid $299/wk for DD through 18 mo. when I stayed home with her. I would expect an in-home provider with fewer kids to be on the lower end as you would not have the same overhead. I would also ask them the provide most of the food for a younger baby and all the diapers and wipes and creams so that their child has the brands they prefer. When DD was in the 1s room, they fed them snacks and breakfast but I still provided lunch. Since it would just be you and two children, you might offer the same lunch you make for your child unless they choose to send something else.

Make sure you are up to date on infant CPR and first aid and find out any other requirements for your state.

I also agree that while I would allow a nanny to take my child to places within reason (not just in the car all day to run her own errands), some people were very against a nanny taking a child to the park if she had to drive, or to a kiddie event. Decide upfront what you want to do and make that clear with the parents.

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answers from San Francisco on

I paid $1500/mo at a daycare center but that is not what home daycares charge.

The cheapest in home daycare I've seen was $800/mo. $1000/mo is more common. You do not have the credentials of a daycare (early childhood development classes, CPR certified, etc.) but you are giving them a killer adult/child ratio! I think $200 - $250/week would be reasonable.



answers from Pittsburgh on

For 2 days per week with her 4 month old, someone I know is paying $150/week. So that's $75 per day. (This is not in home care--it's a daycare facility.)



answers from Omaha on

$225 a week in a center.



answers from New York on

The standard rate her for an infant is $250 a week. This is pretty consistent regardless of the setting (in-home or center) and in non-inclusive. We bring all supplies and food. This is a full day rate.

The extra $1000 per month would be nice! Just make sure you have some kind of written contract with the person that specifies hours, days off, payment if they cancel, payment if you cancel, your "sick kid" policy, etc. If you are upfront about your expectations you are far less likely to have disagreements later on!



answers from Minneapolis on

I just closed my day care that specialized in infant/toddler day care. My going rate was $135 a week and I bought diapers and supplied food. I was certified by the county. This rate was for full-time care....I offered no part-time rates. My son and dil in the Twin Cities and pay $190 a week in a licensed in-home center and it only includes food.

I agree with Cheryl O, you will need a EIN number which you can get very easy (free too) from the IRS. I am sure the parents will want to claim this on their taxes and you DON'T want to have to give them your SS #.

Your also going to want to make up a contract for them to sign. Otherwise they could stiff you for their bill and you would have nothing to prove that they owe you this money if you go to small claims court. Here is a site that has tons of forms used in day care....all free. http://www.thedaycarelady.com/



answers from Champaign on

In my area, the daycare centers from from $195 - $275 per week for an infant (6 weeks - 15 mos). The home daycare providers charges vary too. I have just secured an infant spot for my baby in November and she is charging $130/week and I provide diapers, formula and wipes and I pay regardless if my baby will be there or not. My son is 5 1/2 and going to another sitter in town (who couldn't take the baby just yet), and she charges $80/week (or $16 per day full time/ $6 per day part-time (which is what my 5 yr old is doing) and you only pay the days they are there.

Both of the above are licensed - so I can take advantage of a little tax credit utilizing them, however, if you are not going to be licensed - then I think you need to take that into consideration too when charging.



answers from Kansas City on

I paid 125/week and that was cheap! The lady had just started her home daycare and didn't know the going rate. Our second daycare lady charged 180/week for infants and the center we go to now charges 195/week.


answers from Tulsa on

I'm in the midwest, right beside Tulsa, OK. In home, I paid my first sitter $100 per week and my son started at about 2 months. He switched to another sitter at 9 months and she charged $90 per week and supplied table food. I provided diapers, wipes, baby food, and formula/pumped milk. When I checked prices for centers, I got anywhere from $175-$200 per week for infants and I would also have to provide diapers, wipes, baby food, formula/milk. Both of my in home sitters had some or all of their kids still at home, so they would have been home anyways. They weren't necessarily charging all that they could have.



answers from Indianapolis on

I paid my in home daycare $125 per week. I supplied formula and diapers. Once she started on solids, the sitter provided those.



answers from Washington DC on

full time cost in a (good) daycare center here is $1600 per month.



answers from Seattle on

Around here $1600 a month is the absolute lowest that can be found.



answers from Dallas on

I am in Texas. When my daughter was an infant, I paid $225.00 per week at a daycare. She is 2 now and it's down to $195.

- - -J.T....I have to respectfully disagree that even big Texas cities are cheap for daycare. I couldn't find one for less than $200 a week for anything! Count your lucky stars you've found it that inexpensive.


answers from Chicago on

4 years ago in the Chicago suburbs I was paying $250/week for an infant FT M-F in a daycare center. It was market rate around here.


answers from Boca Raton on

I had a woman come to my house to watch my son when he was 3 weeks old. She charged me 13.00 per hour. She was infant CPR certified.

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