Dear Ladies, I know this might be discussed a lot on this forum, however I really need a perspective on whether to go for a nanny or a day care. I am in the 4th month of my pregnancy and due in May 2012. I know I still have a lot of time to think about these things, but want to make an informed decision. Myself and DH moved back to India last year and both of us are research scientists in good jobs. I plan on working post delivery as well, and both of us do not have the option of working from home. We both finished our postdocs in the US, and started fresh jobs in India. Recently we invested in a new house as well, so basically we will have to make EMIs and most of our savings have gone towards the home downpayment. Given the situation, even if I wish to take a break (though I don't think I can be a stay at home mom), I cannot. I lost both of my parents quite young, and if there will be any one to support and help my baby, it will be my MIL. I have plenty of support from her. Though she can be here for my delivery and few months following that, she cannot be here until 6 months, due to my SIL's wedding in 2012 later. I cannot get more than 3 months of maternity leave. In this scenario, which option to go for? I have heard from few colleagues that day cares in Bangalore do not take children less than 6 months of age. I somehow am not able to trust my child with a nanny alone. How do working women who do not have much support from parents, manage? would really like to know your opinion. Sometimes these things really make me nervous. Would I be able to devote the much needed attention to my child?