Most families and mothers understand the need for the services of a nanny once mother and baby arrive home for the first time. Everyone is excited about the lovely new arrival, but very often mothers may need someone to help make life a little bit easier. That is when the good maternity nanny and her services are invaluable.
A good agency will have qualified maternity nannies on their books. They will be able to advise you on their staff and what they offer. They will be able to put you in touch with a nanny with references, with qualifications and experience.
Many good nannies, however, work on their own and not through an agency. You still have to find out about the qualifications of the nanny you are considering to work for you and your baby. You want someone with proper training, someone who holds a formal qualification such as a diploma or degree. Ask for proof. You also want to know that she has experience and good references. She must supply you with her work history too.
Good qualified maternity nannies will be able to help with a variety of tasks. They should be responsible for all tasks which can include anything from changing diapers, giving the baby a bath and making sure the baby is dry and clothed all the time. Of course the nanny will also prepare bottles, sterilise them, and make sure meals are prepared and that the baby is fed at all correct intervals. The important thing is that the mother and nanny should communicate all the time so that the nanny knows what is expected of her and that the mother can feel assured that the baby is in the best possible hands.
Individual circumstances may differ. Some families may require a nanny only for a few hours at a time; others may need someone on a full-time basis which means assistance 24 hours every day, while yet other families or mothers may only need a nanny during day time. And of course some may need the services of the maternity nanny only at night so that the mother can sleep. It all depends on a number of factors. Every family or mother will know what is best for her baby and look for the nanny that best qualifies for the circumstances.
If you are going to hire someone to help you take care of your newborn, make sure you find someone suitable. It is often the best to contact a well established agency and speak to them. Tell them what exactly your needs are and let them suggest someone from their own company or an individual that may be right for your circumstances.
Be aware that most maternity nannies need a day off somewhere. Make sure both parties sign a binding contract that spells out the working conditions of the nanny. You need to stipulate hours, remuneration, free time and all aspects that are important for the duration of the nanny’s time with you and your baby. Be aware too that someone who works 24 hours a day will need a place to stay, a decent, comfortable room with shower and toilet. You will have to provide meals as well.
If you have to leave the nanny and your newborn baby by themselves because of circumstances, make sure there is constant communication between the two of you. She must have access to a reliable telephone or mobile device to contact you immediately in case of an emergency. Likewise, you want to be able to talk to her at any time.