• Andreja Baker

Start Life With Your New Nanny

Updated: 3 days ago



After finding the right nanny for your family, it is advisable to allocate some of your time to go through the routine together, to show how things around the house work, activities accessible around your neighbourhood and also for your own observations. Take your nanny as a partner and establish a positive and trusting relationship.


Here is the checklist to help you get started:


DAILY ROUTINE


Go through the activities that you want your nanny to do when she is a alone:

  • feeding: likes, dislikes, food measurements, your view on sugary food and diet, any allergies, show how to collapse and adjust the highchair

  • nap routine: how many times, duration of sleep, cot bed setting, reading a story or singing before sleep, changing clothes, any duties to undertake while your baby or toddler sleeps

  • playing: show toys, safety concerns during play, any certain activities desired, play dates, show how to collapse and set up the pushchairs, car seats and how safety gates open and close

  • bathing ritual: when, which shampoo and soap to use, hair care

  • go over safety concerns and any rules

Hear about any ideas from the nanny.

Observe how your nanny interacts with your child, give them opportunity to take over, how they react when your baby or toddler wakes up, how they interact with them during different activities, how present they are, are they alert, how they play with them.


VIEWS ON CHILD DEVELOPMENT


Communicate your views on child development, soothing when your baby or toddler cries, screen time guidelines, sharing photos with you, food diet and how to communicate to you about any updates.


HOUSE OPERATION


Do a tour of the house and show the neighbourhood, where the nearest park is, what activities are close by.

Make sure your nanny knows how to enter to the house and arrange the key.

Explain all housing operations: heat/air conditioning, TV, washing machine, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, sweeper, hoover, cleaning products, fuse box.

Make your nanny aware about any visits or maintenance workers that are coming.


SAFETY


Inform about any allergies and intolerances or foods that are off limits.

Go over any medication and dosage requirements, locate the first aid kit.

Go over safety concerns, where to play safely outside, the rules for watching them, bottle feeding.


IMPORTANT CONTACTS


Inform your nanny about the work and mobile phone numbers of all family members and establish which one is easy reachable.

Prepare a list of numbers and names of the paediatrician, nursery and a close friend or neighbour should anything happen.

Introduce them to key people that they should establish a relationship (family members, friends, neighbours, child’s nursery teachers).


BUILD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR NANNY


It is highly important that you get to know each other and build trust, it helps, if you show your personality, talk about your baby or toddler and their needs and also hear your nanny about their life. Talk about your expectations clearly early on, what is the most important to you, what happens if you come home early, what should be like if you are working from home.

Remember to work with your nanny as a partner, be direct and tell your nanny how is best to communicate with you. Be friendly - excellent communication is key!