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We have a new baby coming and our nanny is a little bit rusty with newborns, how can we make sure she’s ready for the new baby?

July 12, 2010

by, Dr. Lindsay Heller, The Nanny Doctor

It’s so great to have a nanny whom you trust and who has already been a part of your family for sometime when a new baby arrives, but your nanny hasn’t worked with newborns for some time. For more information on newborn nanny care click on the link. Maintaining the same nanny for your family for as long as possible is a great gift to your children. It will help them to build and maintain solid relationships throughout there lives. That said, it is completely worth doing everything possible to keep your nanny even when your needs change.

The first thing you will want to do is to think about what resources are available to new moms in your community. These resources can often be utilized for nannies as well. For example, your local hospital may have a baby care class that your nanny can attend as a way of “freshening up” her skills. Additionally, this may be a great time to update both your Infant/CPR first aid certification as well as have your nanny get recertified.

In addition to some classes, make sure you have a conversation with your nanny about how you expect a new baby to change your lives and more importantly to your nanny, how it will change her job description. Here’s some good tips on training your nanny for newborn care. Make sure you discuss nanny pay changes, any new responsibilities, and schedule changes. Encourage her to discuss any concerns or questions she may have about this transition. Be honest. If there are some questions you can’t answer yet because you are unsure of how a new baby may change your life, be honest and say that.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to express to your nanny how much she means to you and your family. If you are willing to do what it takes to keep your nanny with a new baby on the way, make sure she knows how much you value her!


4 Responses to We have a new baby coming and our nanny is a little bit rusty with newborns, how can we make sure she’s ready for the new baby?

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maria h. says:

taking a refresher course in infant CPR and first aid and any other infant-related classes is a great way to re-introduce yourself to the world of newborns. i’ve even volunteered at the church nursery before to get reacquainted with the differences of caring for a newborn/caring for a toddler.

Christy B. says:

We have a newborn on the way and understand that ideally we should increase our nanny’s wages to compensate for the new child, but we just can’t afford to… what do you suggest doing in that situation?

coralie m. says:

what do you do if your nanny doesn’t want to work with newborns? when we hired our nanny we had zero intentions of getting pregnant again. one thing led to another and suddenly we have a surprise bundle of joy on the way! we’re thrilled – but our nanny still has no desire to work with newborns. we don’t want to lose her though!

admin says:

Hi Coralie! Unfortunately, you can’t force her to stay in your employ if she’s not going to be happy in her new work conditions. Have a talk with her about the changes, see if there’s any room for compromise, but also consider that you want a nanny who is going to be happy coming to work every day and caring for your children!