My daughter is 9 months old (as of Sunday). I work a Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm schedule. My wife is a nurse and works a different set of days each week, but always 3 days a week. She also has some seniority, so she only has to work a weekend once every 4-5 weeks.
My in-laws watch our daughter one day a week, and we have an awesome nanny that watches her either one or two days a week, and we just found out from her this morning that her and her husband are moving out of the area at the beginning of May. This sucks, because, as I said, she is an awesome nanny who is in school to be a child development specialist and works for us at a very reasonable rate.
My wife was in full-on panic mode, because she doesn't want to put our daughter in daycare, and ideally neither do I, but we aren't in a financial situation where we can really afford to go nanny-shopping. I would assume the daycare at the hospital where my wife works is decent enough, but I don't really know. At this point, I'm just looking for things to tell my wife when she gets home tonight to help calm her down and not be so upset about the situation.
Cliffs: Tell me about your experiences with daycare for infants/toddlers.