The judge may consider allowing Hench to serve her time in a work furlough program so she can get mental health treatment during the day and be jailed at night.
Prosecutors allege that Hench, a mother of three, pinched and used her nails to scratch the children after befriending their mothers over a four-month period in 2009. The victims ranged from 3 months to 18 months in age.
Her attorney said Hench needs help rather than jail time.
The judge said doctors do not fully understand the reasons behind her attacks.