If the thought of leaving your baby with someone else all day, every work day, makes you want to never leave your baby at all, you're not alone. It's a big decision, especially if this is your first baby.
But if you're planning to go back to your 9-to-5, you're in good company: According to some estimates, more than 70 percent of all primary caregivers work outside the home. And that also means there are plenty of excellent child care options, from nannies to babysitters and more.
One of your best options is day care, either through a group center or home day care. Many centers offer exceptional care with licensed, trained caregivers in an environment where your little one will get valuable socialization with other kids her age.
Here's what you need to know about day care, from the benefits and downsides to questions to ask potential providers and what to look for when you visit a day care facility.