I took mine out after about a month last time (T&R) because they weren't staying in. I started them up again a week ago, spending way more time T&Ring each one, they are staying in wonderfully. I can't wait until they are longer and I can tie them up in knots (my top layer is a little longer than my ears, and the bottom is a little past my shoulders). My dread babies are a month younger than my son, :0) I plan to stay home with my boys and homeschool at least until they are in high school, so no worries on employer stress. I'm so grateful to have the freedom to stay home and raise my boys.