Hiring a confinement nanny may be expensive and can drain your pockets. However, when the right confinement nanny is hired, they can be very supportive and helpful to you especially in those first few weeks after you gave birth.
Confinement nannies will not only help you look after your newborn baby, they also help feed the baby at night while you get some much-needed sleep. They may also do some of the household chores for you including sweeping, moping, and even cooking. Finally, they can teach you some handy tricks and tips to make your life with a newborn baby so much easier.
If you are thinking of hiring a confinement nanny, here are 4 tips on selecting the best one for the job.
- Look at agencies in your area and get recommendations from family and friends
Many countries like Singapore, United States and United Kingdom have agencies that try to select the right confinement nanny for a family depending on their finances, needs and lifestyle. These agencies are also able to find you a replacement nanny if the one assigned to you suddenly falls sick or quits. Asking family and friends will also help you to pick a good confinement nanny as they may have had a wonderful one previously.
- Keep a close eye on the nanny’s personality
Since there is a child involved, it is important to take extra care of the type of person you bring around them. Consider how nurturing and caring the nanny is and if she follows procedures before making up your mind. As a new mother, you may have a preferred style of taking care of your newborn baby that is different to those of the nanny. It is important that you find a nanny that is not forceful and will consider your wants as well as needs. Always communicate with your nanny to avoid unnecessary conflict.
- Know what the nanny’s deposit is and if they need a work permit
Confinement nannies as mentioned before are expensive and may cost very high per month. Some nannies require a deposit before they begin their duties, and this has to be discussed beforehand and paid for by the client. If they are a foreign national and require a work permit, you will have to visit the immigration office and get all the paperwork sorted out before the nanny begins work. However, this does not apply to the local citizens; they can begin work right away.
- Always be clear about the nanny’s responsibilities
Always keep in mind that your nanny is there to help you look after your baby and not be a maid. While most confinement nannies are more than happy to help with the household chores, some are not open to doing that. It is important for you to be clear on what the nanny’s duties are by speaking to her beforehand. If the nanny does not meet the requirements you are looking for, it is best to look for and hire another person.