Mothers Helper/Nanny - what do we look for?

Kerri - posted on 12/03/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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We will be looking for a Mother's Helper/Nanny starting in January, but have no idea what we're looking for. I'm a stay at home mom, but with 3 toddlers (2 & under) and another on the way. What do we look for? Where do we look? What do we pay them? Any help would be great! Thanks!

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Noel - posted on 12/07/2008

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I think the most important thing to look for in a nanny is someone who has experience you should probably look for someone who is also cpr or first aid certified if at all possible. I nannied for 4 months after working at a daycare for 6 years and I got paid 375 a week, and they paid my taxes. My duties were to care for 3 kids monday through Friday and to do light housework. I think the most important thing to remember when you are looking for someone to care for your kids is to find someone extremely patient and definitely someone who has alot of energy. I would also recommend setting up a time where you could see the person interact with your children maybe for a few times. Just don't settle for anyone, you will know when you find the right one!

Daphne - posted on 12/05/2008

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I think the price you pay varies alot with your location? The babysitter who contacts you should give you a rough idea of what to pay. You can try looking for a babysitter at myJambi.com or craigslist.. I found my babysitting jobs on http://www.myjambi.com/ and from what I know, there are a ton of babysitters of the site. Hope that you find a good babysitter! (always interview them before hiring)

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Worrisome stuff hunh. Make sure that you check their references. They should have CPR and hopefully child care training. If you're going to be right in the house while the nanny is - you can observe also.
You can put in a nanny cam if you won't be right there. And I would do it. I'd put a nanny cam in the common area and near your childrens' sleeping areas.
There is no way to be too careful with this.
The very, very best way is by referral. So ask your friends, people at your preschool, your neighbors. Someone knows the right person.

Christine - posted on 12/03/2008

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Hi there, I would agree about the first aid CPR cert. Make sure it isn't just Adult CPR, that the child and infant qualifications are there too. Go online to your local newspaper or on Craigslist.com (don't know if it is big down in the lower 48, but in Alaska, it is huge!) and browse what others charge and or are offering to pay. Decide if live in or out is what you are looking for. I have heard wonderful things from a friend of mine that hired a stay at home mom whose kids were all school age now and helps a lot. Also allowing a mom to bring her own child might be a thought. Good Luck! ALWAYS call references, at least 3 and if they don't have that many, call character references to include past employers, not just child care oriented. You can find sample questions online. Hope this helps...

User - posted on 12/03/2008

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You could put an ad in your local paper and ask the potential candidates if they mind if you install nanny-cams. If they have a problem with being monitored, then they are probably suspect. You can get ideas for local wages from the classifieds too. You know whats best for your kids. If a candidate has impeccable references and your gut says no, go with it!!!

Michele - posted on 12/03/2008

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experience, cpr/first aide, natural ability to make child feel at ease, have them visit for an afternoon and see how you fit with them and how they fit into the family ...Good Luck!!!

Lucy - posted on 12/03/2008

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You need to be fairly careful when picking a nanny or sitter. You ask lots of questions. Personally I have found that the more you ask and talk to then the better you will get to know them. See if they like the idea of visiting first I feel that is very important because you need to see how your child reacts to the person if your child(ren) is not happy then even if they are perfectly fine; unconsciously you will worry.

Keeping in mind of coarse your child personality some children do not like to be separated from their parents at all. In that case a daycare type setting might be better with other kids to distract them from you being gone.

Trust yourself you are the person who knows their child best no matter what ANY professional says to you about what you should do. The adage that mother knows best in most cases. There is always room for exceptions. The times I regret as a parent though are the ones that I did not listen to myself and allowed other people to push me around. :)

Tracey - posted on 12/03/2008

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Anyone in Toronto Looking to do a nanny share? If you are interested or no of a nanny who is looking for part time work please email me.

Tracay

tracey_fluid@rogers.com

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i have no idea but i'm going to be needing one as well! so i'm posting to find out what others say :)

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