All hav pro n con,
Cheaper as in her work cover more, provided you get a suitable maid. Housechores n childcare.
Babysitter/nanny: Only childcare, you still need to do house chores or hire pt cleaner. Responsible nanny is good, provide good care, baby food, some children basic manner/song/education. if not, opposite, will b..let your baby play alone while nanny play mahjong or bring your baby out when she go out, which I personally dont like.
Infant care: Expensive, but hav professional care. Have some friends/social life but also easily sick..end up jhav to take leave look after baby,can b 1-2weeks..eg.HFMD, infant care closed.
Its all depend on your priorty, budget...
For me, I used to handle my 1st kid by myself, send him to CC when I work n look after him at night n weekends, do house chores when possible.
Having 2nd girl, I hired a maid to look after both, as my boy go to school,only half day @home(need someone at home when I work daytime).Maid look after baby, cook for my boy n house chores when I'm home with kids.
3rd baby, hav been changing maid, after previous maid finish contract...till I decide to send both girls to CC n my boy Student care,after school.Meanwhile no maid, still looking for 1.
At least, my children can learn something from CC, maid cant teach, some maid only can do house chores(actually most maid are ONLY for house chores).Hardly get a maid good in handling children.
you can visit: Employing a maid in Singapore: Why should I hire a maid ?
by a mummy, its very informative.