This is my second time engaging confinement nanny services from PEM Confinement Nanny Agency and I would say that I definitely have no regrets.
While some may choose to only hire a nanny for the first born and try to handle it themselves for subsequent kids, both my husband and I strongly believed that the confinement period is especially important for recovery and we went ahead with one. I am so glad that we did so.
These are the top reasons why I engaged confinement nanny services:
(1) Ample rest
Do you know why the confinement period is also known as “坐月 (sitting the month)”? This is because it is important for mothers to get ample rest and recover after delivery. It would be tough to do so if we do not have proper help. After having my first kid, I saw for myself how tough it was handling a newborn where my nanny almost stayed up all night long looking after him. As my husband needs to work, it would not be ideal to get him to do the night shifts. Getting a confinement nanny would solve this easily.
(2) Experienced care
Most confinement nannies have many years of experience in taking care of mothers and newborns. When I first engaged my nanny in 2018, despite attending several baby care trainings, I still found myself pretty green. My nanny gave me one-to-one guidance on things like feeding and bathing baby which was invaluable. Knowing that I am under the care of someone so experienced gave me a peace of mind. After all, happy mums = happy babies!
This time round, having a toddler around during confinement while our family welcomes a newborn also made it a completely different ball game. My elder boy was constantly seeking my attention. I was so glad that I could entrust my newborn in the hands of my nanny while I continued spending time with my boy.
(3) Breastfeeding guidance
I am not sure about the freelance confinement nannies out there but the two PEM nannies I had were super pro-breastfeeding. I was taught the various breastfeeding positions and they even helped me with engorgement issues (can save money on engaging lactation consultants who are really pricey!). They also encouraged me to pump after latching to build my supply though this means that they would have more bottles to wash. I was grateful to be guided on how to store breastmilk effectively as well. They also ensured that pump parts were prepared before every session.
With the rest and guidance that you can get, it is certainly worth it to engage confinement nanny services in Singapore be it for your first born or subsequent kids.
In my next post, I will share with you on the pros and cons of hiring a nanny from a confinement nanny agency. Stay tuned!