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New Baby - older sibling childcare

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We are expecting our second child and have a question over the situation of childcare of our 20 month old when the new arrival decides to come.

If the new one arrves on a weekday between 7am and 9pm we are fine he can be in his normal Krippe for that time, and I can then go and pick him up afterwards. However if the new arrival comes during the weekend or overnight we have a slight issue regarding what to do.

For weekends I was wonedring if any of the public hospitals have childcare facilities so he could come with us but for the main event he could for a short period go and play somewhere safe and supervised. Alternatively if it is during the night would a hospital allow us to bring a travel cot and for him to hopefully sleep through the excitment before i could take him back home.

We have some issues with regards to getting anyone to come and stay with him, and we would prefer not to have to use an expensive and new babysitter who he has never met before.

I am planning on contacting some hospitals (public as insurance is not that good) on this but wondered if any other expat had the same issues previously as being so remote from family or other support.

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Re: New Baby - older sibling childcare

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Re: New Baby - older sibling childcare

what about being more precise about your location and see if a local EF family with young kids can help? You will get support and maybe new friends too.
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Old 14.01.2015, 15:20
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We have some issues with regards to getting anyone to come and stay with him, and we would prefer not to have to use an expensive and new babysitter who he has never met before.
I think you probably need to turn this around.

The kind of people (other than paid for baby-sitters) who you would probably find suitable to look after your elder child are the ones with all the facilities that a toddler needs (i.e. parents with young children themselves) and they are not likely to want to leave their children in the lurch whilst they look after yours.

You're more likely to get someone to help if you are able to drop your child at their house rather than them coming to you.
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Re: Who to watch older sibling while giving birth?

It's a sad reflection of modern society that people don't have friends or neighbours willing to do them a favour for a few hours / half a day / get a kid dropped off to them to watch when someone else has an emergency
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Old 14.01.2015, 16:49
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Re: New Baby - older sibling childcare

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I like this idea, I could help if you got really stuck (although I don't have a car!)

Have you asked at the Krippe perhaps if you explain the situation someone might be able to find you an easier solution?

fwiw my parents looked after our eldest for second birth and they'd barely had time to open the door before it was over! let's hope for you that it all kicks off just after 7am on a weekday and you are drinking tea by 08.30 plenty of time to rest before your little boy comes home!!

I hope you can find a backup solution though, good luck! (let me know if you need help!)
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It's a sad reflection of modern society that people don't have friends or neighbours willing to do them a favour for a few hours / half a day / get a kid dropped off to them to watch when someone else has an emergency
Depends, if you're a foreigner and newly arrived you might not have any safety network. I took care of my friend's toddlers till her husband came back from the hospital, and I knew well in advance the approximative date. Luckily, it happened at about 20,00 so I could came to their place and her husband was back home shortly after 12 in the night. I was rather sorry she didn't have the moral support during the entire process (I told them I can stay over all night, if necessary), it was over a couple of hours after he left the hospital. (but everything was fine, in the end)
And sometimes people are not even asking for help - prefer to hire someone than to "disturb", yeah silly things like this (I know because I'm that kind).
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