You know you need to hire a confinement nanny to take care of you and your new baby after birth, but actually selecting a nanny or nanny service can be a difficult task. If you don't know how to go about selecting and hiring your confinement nanny, the following tips will give you some food for thought.
How often do you want your confinement nanny to be in your home? Would you like to have someone live in with you for a short period of time, or would you prefer someone be there for given hours during the day when your spouse is away and you are will be alone? The time requirements for every home are different, so give some thought to how demanding you will be of your nanny's time. This will determine which nanny's are suitable for your home.
If you want a nanny that can be around for most of the day and night or want someone who can spend the night or live in for a short period, make sure this is clear when you are discussing your needs with confinement nanny services.
There are some things that are just expected from a nanny. They will help care for the baby and will allow you to get adequate rest to feel your best and recover from delivery. Yet, there are some negotiable terms that may vary from one nanny to another.
For instance, will you expect your nanny to cook meals for you? Will they be required to help clean your home? It's a question of how much help you will expect from your confinement nanny. You have to state these things clearly and ask what services and duties a nanny typically does when you talk with different confinement nanny services.
Be very specific in this area when talking with a potential nanny service. If they don't know what you expect they can't deliver everything expected!
Meet Your Nanny Early
Don't wait until you bring your baby home to meet your nanny. You want to find someone who you feel very comfortable with and who you trust with your baby. You will be spending a lot of time with them, so you don't want to find yourself in an uncomfortable situation or without a confinement nanny after the baby is born due to disagreements or personality clashes.
Ask to meet the nanny who will be in your home before you actually hire them. This will increase your comfort when you come home from the hospital and find them in your home ready to assist you.
Finally, be reasonable when hiring and working with a confinement nanny. They are there to help you and make your transition into motherhood smooth and as stress-free as possible. The kinder you are to them, the kinder they are likely to be to you and your newborn baby.
Be reasonable with what you expect from your confinement nanny and resist adding to their workload after you bring the baby home. If you have some needs you could not have foreseen prior to having the baby, discuss it with your nanny and workout an agreement on taking care of the extra duties.
A confinement nanny can become a confidant and friend if you treat them as such.