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Having a second baby and your nanny

September 30, 2010

Dr. Lindsay Heller, The Nanny Doctor

We are having a second baby.

Do we need to pay our nanny more?

Should we hire a new nanny?

Adding a new child to your family may not be as big a change as that first child, however it is still a transition that a family needs to adapt to, and that includes the nanny! As soon as you feel comfortable sharing your big news of the new baby with family and friends, make sure you sit down and discuss it with your nanny.  Make sure you discuss the following:

  • Ask her how she feels about this new change
  • Ask her what questions she has about what this change will mean for her.
  • Inform her of your plan and again check in with the nanny about her thoughts and feelings.

Before you sit down and let your nanny know about your new baby on the way, sit down with your partner and discuss what the plan is going to be. Are you going to hire a new nanny or give your current nanny a raise? There are some factors to consider. What’s the age difference between your children? Will one person be able to help care for a newborn and your other child? Does your older child have activities that they need to be driven to? Will you be home for a bit as well Water Park? If you feel as though your nanny will be able to take care of both children and you are even planning to stay home for a bit at the beginning, then you will want to give your nanny a raise. If you feel as though you need additional help, then you will need to begin the search for an additional nanny. Sometimes families only need an additional nanny through the first few months, sometimes the first few years. You will need to decide what is right for your family.

Most nannies will expect to have their nanny salary increased due to the increased workload and responsibility. Not increasing her nanny pay could create resentment on her part and that’s never good in a nanny/family relationship.


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Jolene Gryzbowski says:

How do you determine how much of a raise to give to your nanny? One of the reasons we picked nanny care over daycare is because once you have multiple children it’s cheaper than sending the kids to daycare where you pay per child vs. per family. I understand increasing the compensation, but I also don’t want to end up spending a small fortune…

Kennedy says:

Hiring two nannies seems like it would get expensive QUICKLY! I think if I were in that position and my current nanny couldn’t handle both kids I’d have to start the search for someone that could.

Gail Cunningham says:

Not only would it get expensive, but it seems like having two nannies could be a potentially tricky situation as well. Then you’d have two people essentially competing for a job, trying to prove that they were the better nanny, etc. Or at least, that’s how it could play out. I guess if you have an entire household staff then it’d be different because they’d be used to working with other domestic help. But if you didn’t… I could just see that being a potential disaster.

admin says:

You’d definitely need to find the right balance, but by hiring the right nannies I think you could have some great caregiving for your kids with two nannies! It really is dependent on your family and the nannies you are hiring!

Linda says:

If I’m planning on staying home for a bit, why would I give my nanny a raise? I’d be the one caring for my newborn – surely she doesn’t need extra compensation for that?

Jessica T. says:

I think a pay raise is fair. After all, you’re adding additional work to your nanny’s job – we expect pay raises when that happens in our jobs, right? I’d probably do a 5% pay raise, or something along those lines. I might even throw in a bonus after the first couple months of caring for both kids just to let her know that I understand the workload increase and appreciate her hard work.