Plan for sick time after vaccinations and after starting school or day care

Smart advance planning advice from Laura:

Babies have immunizations at 2, 4, 6, 12, 15, and 24 months (your doctor may vary). The shots may cause your baby to be feverish, cranky or tired. If you can, schedule these appointments for late in the week, so that you and your spouse can prepare to miss work (if needed), or have the weekend for the little one to recover.

Also, another tip for working parents with kids in daycare (or heading off to kindergarten) — prepare for your kid to get sick. Plan for someone to stay at home with your child after the first week or so of daycare because it's inevitable–new care situation + exposure to new kids = sick within a week.

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  1. Amy says

    With my first daughter, I would just go to bed with her for the day after her shots… Pajama day. It was a nice break for both of us. She got to recover, and I got a much needed nap.

    Who wants to babysit her so I can have pajama day with her sister when her shots start? Anyone? Anyone??

  2. Barb says

    How about scheduling your child/ren’s sick time before summer? Chicken pox is going on around town and I’ve also just scheduled the kids for a few classes this summer through the rec center. I’m SO tempted to find a pox party so that my kids can get it all over with (since they didn’t catch it from playing with our unknowingly sick neighbor)and make it to each of their classes. :D