Daycare in Seattle

Amazon S3Outage
May 15 25 Comments

We just had our first baby. Today my wife and I went on Daycare tours in Seattle. We live near downtown. The monthly daycare cost is $3090 (there is no typo here). Fortunately, both my wife and I make a good living; approximately household income is ~400K. But having a mortgage on a house and this astronomical daycare cost makes me feel broke. Do other parents (homeowners with kids) out there in Seattle feel the same?

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  • Google z5RtU7F
    what the fuck im never having a kid 😂
    May 15 1
    • Amazon S3Outage
      OP
      Too late for me. Though I love my kid very much.
      May 15
  • Microsoft gfba68
    Infant daycare is crazy because it requires such intense and constant care. You can find under $1800 once the kid gets to 6 months. It doesn't scale in that one caretaker can't watch more than 2 or at the very most 3 infants at once, and that's pushing it. So really you are paying for fulltime dedicated care. Would you watch a screaming infant all day for less than $3k?
    May 15 3
    • Microsoft / Eng u7huyt54
      What are the day cares that cost <1800 for a 6 mom old?
      May 15
    • Cerner / Eng Zenobia
      If this is true, can your parents or in-laws take care of the baby for a year or so.
      May 15
    • Microsoft gfba68
      sure, if your parents or in-laws live near you and are willing. Many people either don't have parents who live nearby or they aren't able to provide full time care
      May 16
  • Amazon sftrefghj
    Infant daycares are most expensive. Don’t worry that cost will come down as your baby grows older. But it is freaking expensive.
    May 15 1
    • Amazon S3Outage
      OP
      Thanks. Makes sense.
      May 15
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    That's what the in-laws are for. Also, you should have started touring before your baby was born to make sure you don't wait too long on the waitlists.
    May 15 2
    • Amazon S3Outage
      OP
      We are a bit late, but we got a spot because they say we qualify for ”priority” access. If 3k won't give you priority access then what?
      May 15
    • Amazon / Eng sha1024
      It's atleast half a million for some of us 😒
      May 15
  • Varian Medical FNhu82
    Holy shit. That’s more than most college tuition.
    May 15 1
    • Amazon S3Outage
      OP
      Right, it's s crazy.
      May 15
  • New / Mktg
    RLqA63

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    We went the au pair route. If you're not familiar, it's a State Department program where foreign young women (occasionally guys) ages 18 - 25 get a 1-year visa to come live with you and take care of your kid(s). All-in cost is about $18K / year, and it's the same price regardless of how many kids you have. The flexibility is awesome. We've always got a sitter for date night, no worries about running late to daycare pick-up, etc. Only restriction is no more than 10 hours / day and 45 hours / week.

    You do have to have a spare bedroom, and of course you give up some privacy. Hasn't been a big deal for us. All our au pairs have been like big sisters to our kids, and they're rarely home unless they're working or sleeping.

    http://www.aupaircare.com
    May 16 2
    • Amazon S3Outage
      OP
      Thank you for responding. This seems like a very reasonable option. We do have an extra room. How long would it take to get an au pair after you apply?
      May 16
    • New / Mktg
      RLqA63

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      Lead time is about 30 days from the time you match with an au pair. There are always plenty to match with right away from certain countries (like Brazil). It usually takes us longer to match though, because we tend to hold out for au pairs who are at the older end of the range, and come from countries we know have really excellent driver training (Western Europe and Nordics).
      May 19
  • Amazon / Eng sha1024
    Well. . If you move to Bellevue, you'd pay lower rent and about half that in day care
    May 15 2
    • Amazon sftrefghj
      Not true. Bellevue daycare for infant costs exactly the same. Source: The painful amount that gets deducted from my bank account every month.
      May 15
    • Amazon / Eng sha1024
      Yikes
      May 15
  • Qualtrics ❄️IsComing
    It’s bit of a shock initially but I went through this with much lower TC. Also regularly contributing on 529. We cut down frequency of vacation and dependent care FSA helped little bit.
    May 15 0
  • Oracle bT43cv
    “My salary is 400k” some people might say there’s a typo. You added an extra zero.

    You make astronomical money, why are you surprised that you need to also spend big money?
    May 15 0
  • Google LdNc37
    The list doesn't end here . It will become pre school or Montessori then private vs public, later classes and specific tutions and then college comes 🙂 after that you can just look back yourself and it will be s repeat
    May 16 1
    • Amazon S3Outage
      OP
      If we have another one (highly unlike), I will just become stay home dad.
      May 16
  • Microsoft / Eng u7huyt54
    That is true. You would be lucky to get a spot in the *good* centers. Several have a half year wait list.
    May 15 0
  • Amazon vikramking
    Might as well give the baby for adoption
    May 15 0

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