Finding the perfect nanny is never an easy decision to make. I think as parents, we can all agree that it’s important to find someone who treats your kids just as well as you do. I want to point out that I know everyone is not able to financially swing hiring a nanny – if you send your baby to a daycare that’s 100% a great choice, too!
That said, Mark and I have been fortunate enough to afford hired help in our home. We’ve had 5 nannies since Austin was born and to be totally honest, 2 out of 5 have been legit nightmares. So, coming from both negative and positive experiences, I wanted to share some helpful tips for what to look for when hiring a nanny.
Sorry, But Age IS a Factor
This may not be legal, but we have found that the age of the nanny is a huge factor. This may not be true for all situations, but we have found that the older the nanny applying, the more responsible and reliable they have been.
Getting recommendations and references is your best best when finding someone you can 100% trust of the bat. There’s nothing better than positive words from someone you know.
Meet potential candidates in a public place before inviting them into your space. Don’t just hire the first person you meet, and pay attention to first impressions! If you don’t get a good feeling from the start, it’s best to move on.
Be crystal clear on your expectations from the start. Go over hours, what their pay will be, etc. Be on the same page with all of this from the beginning – otherwise it’s a recipe for disaster.
Watch the Clock
If the candidate is on time for their interview, it’s a good indication at how responsible they’ll be about showing up when they’re expected to for their shifts. I also wanted to share some things I have our nanny do each day to help while she’s here. Please note, your expectations may vary based on what you’re willing to pay and what your nanny is willing to do based on the amount agreed upon.
1. Be on time. Sounds crazy, but I legit can’t stand when people are late. I mean I understand shit happens, but if it becomes a habit, it’s just disrespectful.
2. I always tell my nanny that if you think something you do would make my life easier, do it. This is HUGE! When I come home from Whole Foods and my nanny Katrina walks out to help with groceries (especially without me asking), I love her even more.
3. All baby needs need to be met first: changing, making sure diaper bag is stocked, baby food prep, organize and stock changing table, etc. Most importantly, she is expected to love and be present with Charlotte when she isn’t napping. Take her on walks, sing songs with her, play with her, etc. This is priority NUMBER ONE!
4. Household Chores: once the kids’ needs are met and/or Charlotte is napping, we expect her to help out with laundry, dishes, organizing, etc. We don’t expect her to deep clean the house, but it’s great when she helps out with daily household needs.
Everyone’s set up when hiring a nanny will look different. This is just what ours looks like and it works for us. We feel so blessed to have a nanny we can trust and that the kids love! It’s not always easy to find, but when you do find a gem, consider yourself lucky and be sure to take really good care of him or her. I hope this post helps you decide whether or not hiring a nanny is right for you and your lifestyle!
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