Leaving your child with another person is one of the most daunting tasks a new parents can go through. Most often, people tend to leave their little one with a domestic worker or nanny as opposed to nursery school when they are babies. We have put together a list of the top five things to do in order to train your nanny and lessen your anxiety.
Tip 1: Lay out expectations
The biggest break down between employer and employee is expectation miscommunication. It is vital that when you hire your nanny, or expand your domestic workers’ job description, that both parties know exactly what is expected. These include a specific job description, working hours, overtime policy, routine and how you would like tasks done. This is the perfect time to open the floor to questions and any uncertainties that your nanny may have so that you are both on the same page.
Tip 2: First Aid course
This is one thing that we advise you outsource. The importance of having your nanny know first aid basics cannot be stressed enough. For that matter, having both parents attend a course is just as important. Knowing that your child is in the care of someone who will be equipped in case of an emergency will take a very big weight off your chest. On the topic of emergencies, make sure your nanny has all emergency contacts and the means to contact everyone should the need arise.
Tip 3: Slow and steady
Make sure that your nanny’s first day with your child isn’t the same day you go back to work. Get her to shadow you and spend time with both you and baby for at least a week before taking over all the duties. This way, your baby will get used to the nanny and you will be able to show her how you would like to have things done firsthand.
Tip 4: Little black book
A great tool to keep lines of communication open is having a baby info book. Here, your nanny can write down what baby ate, how much they drank, bowel movements and any other pertinent information for the day. This is particularly helpful when nanny and mom do not have much time to communicate after work. You can also write notes for your nanny – for example if baby had a bad night or has a nappy rash.
Tip 5: Be open
Often nanny’s come with a wealth of knowledge and experience, whether from previous work or raising their own children. While you are in the midst of training them, or having them follow you around for a few days, keep in mind that you may learn from them. Be open to ideas on how they could possibly do things in a different way that may be better. Ask them how they would do something before showing them how you want it done. You may just find yourself in a whole new world of parenting ideas and possibilities.
Toptots Early Learning SA