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leaving baby in creche so you can work out

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justonesherryformedicinalpurpo Thu 19-Nov-15 10:47:23

I am considering this but I guess I feel guilty.. My LO is 10m. Is this too young? Obviously I'll look into it more but generally are those working in a creche actually trained or are they simply general staff that work for the leisure centre? If they are trained I guess it's like leaving her in a nursery for an hour right?

I could probably leave her with my mum for an hour a few days a week but because I don't drive it adds an extra 1hr+ to my day so creche is more ideal..

I am not one for working out at home. I could wait till my partner is home from work and then go and I probably will every now and then but generally I'd like to go in the day so we have family time in the evening (also by the time evening arrives my motivation is nil!)

How do you feel about creches in gyms? Or do you think my LO is too young?

I feel like I'm being selfish leaving her for my own personal gain but I just want to get back to feeling good and I was often going to classes before pregnancy and felt great for it so also think it will aid towards my mental health.

Thanks for your advice in advance.

HeyMicky Thu 19-Nov-15 10:50:34

I left both of mine for an hour 3 x a week from 12 weeks. Does me good, does them good. Certainly I think it helped with the transition to nursery once I went back to work. Would depend on the staff, of corse, but the staff at our gym are excellent, very low turnover so they get to know the kids and we get to know them

dlwelly Thu 19-Nov-15 10:53:47

I don't think you need any qualifications to run a crèche - it has to be registered but any DBS checked staff can run it to a set ratio (one adult to 3 kids). This might be wrong - it's been a while since I worked in one!

The one near me is however ran by someone with a level 3 qualification.

10 months is fine - they'll take them from 6 weeks!

You probably won't be able to leave the building so you won't be far away. I'd say go for it but just check with other crèche users their thoughts if you have any concerns!

Ifiwasabadger Thu 19-Nov-15 10:56:44

I would totally do this and not feel guilty. When my DD was 6 months old I left her with the nanny on my day off for two hours, just so that I could eat lunch alone. The freedom and time alone was dizzyingly wonderful.

You need to feel like you again. And exercising is brilliant for physical and mental health.

Obviously check out the crèche....but I'm sure it will be totally fine..

Iwantakitchen Thu 19-Nov-15 10:57:28

It's fine honestly! Don't feel guilty about it.

justonesherryformedicinalpurpo Thu 19-Nov-15 11:15:52

Thanks ladies! Have rang up and the lady reassured me the creche staff are suitably qualified.

I spoke to my mum and she also said it will help with the nursery transition - I imagine my LO will enjoy it actually.. new toys and a new area to venture!

Thanks for your comments and reassurance!

ohthegoats Thu 19-Nov-15 21:41:52

I left mine 3 times a week for an hour at a time from when she was about 4 months. I looked at it as an opportunity for them to spend social time with other babies - beneficial for all really.

StopShoutingAtYourBrother Thu 19-Nov-15 21:54:32

I did this. Not only did I feel better for doing exercise it was an easy first step in getting my kids used to being away from me in preparation for when I returned to work

LibrariesGaveUsP0wer Thu 19-Nov-15 21:56:55

When I had DD1 I was too nervous. Now I kick myself for missing the chance. The only place with a creche near me is super expensive to join.

PennyHasNoSurname Thu 19-Nov-15 21:57:52

Totally fine and totally normal. Our local creche also changes LO into swimwear and meets you at the pool at a set time so you can do your lengths then a bit of splashy play at the end.

If only I had the motivation for exercize.

GasLIghtShining Thu 19-Nov-15 23:21:22

I left mine from a similar age. It was at the local council run sports centre. The staff were employed specifically for the creche as opposed to a general recreation assistant.

I didn't have family locally to help and it was the only me time I had. Flame me if you must but we all used to go up for a quick coffee after the class as well!

Have a wonderful friend who I met through the classes as well

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