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Parents who have used our expert confinement nanny services will almost certainly have nothing but nice things to say about them and will have no regrets. After all, throughout the more than 30 years that we have assisted mums in their confinement, we have served well over 25,000 pleased mummies.
Having a confinement lady nearby can provide several advantages. Consider the following scenario right away. You’re bringing your newborn back, and in some situations, you’ve only given birth a day or two ago.
This begs the question: how much rest and recovery will you actually get if you have to manage taking care of your newborn while also caring for yourself?
Sure, you have your family and darling husband, but what happens if everyone is preoccupied? That’s where a confinement lady enters the picture!
So, without further ado, here are some advantages of having a confinement lady:
Advantages of having a confinement lady
Why are confinement nannies necessary?
We start off this portion by going back to the basics and asking why we need a confinement lady in the first place.
Newborns require extensive care and attention in all aspects of their lives. For instance, babies’ sleeping patterns can be irregular and unexpected, making getting a good night’s sleep even more challenging.
As a result, you’ll need help with the baby. If you’re a first-time mother, this can be an overwhelming experience that leads to stress, which is counterproductive to recovery. It may increase your risk of developing postpartum depression.
Confinement nannies assist in caring for babies
One of the primary responsibilities of a confinement lady is to assist you in caring for your newborn while you recover. As previously stated, some mothers are new to motherhood and may need to learn how to care for their children properly.
This isn’t meant to be a dig at new mothers. After all, many responsibilities come with newborn care. Not to mention, every baby is different.
Let’s use crying as an example of what we mean by this. Due to a lack of experience, many new or first-time mothers may find it challenging to correctly detect their baby’s crying cues and determine whether the infant is hungry or not feeling well. A confinement nanny is professionally trained and has the experience to notice the baby’s cues for any signs of discomfort and guide the mother along to calm the baby down.
Confinement nannies help take care of the mother too
Confinement women are not only there to care for the infant; they are also there to care for the mother. You’ll need time to heal as a mother, and a competent confinement lady can even help you prepare for motherhood if you want her to show you how to correctly change your baby and feed them (yes, our PEM confinement nannies can provide breastfeeding guidance), and so on.
While our confinement nanny will stay with you to care for your child and give you the time you need to heal, keep in mind that they are also a walking resource of parenting tips that, if you can take advantage of them, will not only help you during your confinement but the lessons you learn from them will last you a lifetime… And who knows, maybe one day you’ll be able to pass those lessons on to others.
Confinement nannies can give mothers emotional support
This brings us back to our prior discussion of not knowing what to do. Let’s be honest: caring for and being responsible for another person’s life is terrifying, even in the best circumstances. Imagine doing so while you’re unsure whether or not what you’re doing is correct. That’s a whole lot scary now.
A confinement lady would be well-versed in the care of infants. That’s one of the most important parts of their role and a big part of what we train our nannies.
While you can rest and recover, you will still need to learn how to care for your child. With our nannies by your side, you will receive emotional support and assistance that you can use to prepare for the transition following your confinement.
Confinement ladies can help out around the house
Another advantage of hiring a confinement lady is that you will save money on the costs of caring for other members of your family in addition to yourself.
We’ve shared about other confinement services before in earlier blog posts. Typically, these services are only available to mummies. How about the father? What about your other kids, if you have any? This is an extra cost to consider.
While the cost may vary from agency to agency and even freelancer to freelancer (for groceries, transportation, add-on packages, and so on), it will still be less expensive than hiring another set of hands solely to prepare meals for your family, especially if you ask your confinement nanny ahead of time if they’d be willing to prepare meals for the entire family rather than just for you.
Again, we want to emphasise that this isn’t a foregone conclusion because you must first discuss it with the nanny and then offer the ingredients for her to prepare for you and your family.
How to get the most from your nanny
Even if you grow to love your nanny to the extent that you begin to see them as a part of the family, you should not forget that it is ultimately a financial deal. You and your newborn deserve nothing less than the best, and to ensure that you do, here are a few tips and tricks to consider.
- Don’t Forget What You Want Yourself
A confinement nanny is supposed to care for both the baby and the mother. Both parties should be healthy and strong when the confinement period is over. You should consider your needs instead of only focusing on your baby’s needs.
At night, the nanny should help you take care of the baby while trying to nap and refresh yourself. The nanny should also help prepare healthy meals for you and the baby, at least in the beginning after you give birth, as it may be difficult to cook all the meals by yourself.
- Be Precise and Clear
When you have chosen a confinement nanny agency to engage your nanny from, be sure you explain all the duties you are hiring the sitter to handle. This is usually best done through an agency because they will have a standard duties and contracts list, which can be used to discuss the positions the nannies are being interviewed for.
Although different agencies have different rules and regulations, most will allow changes to the contracts and duty lists to be made at an extra cost. The list provided by the agency will enable you to gauge the starting price of hiring a confinement nanny to do basic services and help you decide on a budget.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
When paying for the nanny services, feel free to ask for anything you may need from the nanny working for you. Some companies and agencies will do their best to ensure they meet the needs of their clients, although you should always be aware that some services may cost extra, especially if more work is required.
- Don’t Assume
Never make assumptions if certain things are not clear to you. Feel free to ask for further clarification instead of assuming the agency will offer the services you seek. You may end up disappointed if you assume that the nanny will handle some chores for you when it is actually outside her job scope.
So, mummies, that’s all we’ve got for you today, and we hope it’s given you a better idea of how having one of our PEM confinement nannies can help alleviate your load and make your transition into motherhood a lot easier.
You can stop Googling “Part time confinement nanny singapore” now. If you’re interested in hiring one for yourself or know someone who might benefit from having their own confinement nanny to assist them in their homes, please give us a call or visit our website to submit an inquiry and book one of our great nannies!
Should you still require more reassurance, feel free to read through some of our confinement agency review testimonials made by other mummies.