Having a person care for my child in my own home has been absolutely wonderful. When we were deciding whether to hire a nanny or take our baby to a daycare center, there were so many factors we considered. An in-home nanny/babysitter type situation was perfect for us, and I will miss it now that it is coming to an end.
My nanny gave her notice, and today is her last day. I thought it would be fitting to reflect on our time together and the peace of mind she provided. Sure, it hasn’t been easy to have a stranger in our home, but we adjusted because the benefits were tremendous.
Things I will miss about having a Nanny
- Not having to take my child out of the house has been so wonderful. I didn’t have to worry about packing a bag, getting him dressed and ready to go. If he was still sleeping when I had to leave for work, I could let him sleep, no big deal. Or playing. Or whatever he wanted to do other than get strapped into a car seat. She could dress him as needed and all the food and supplies were already there, nothing to risk forgetting.
- Having the nanny focus on my child’s needs meant he got attention right away when he needed it. Yes, we shared the nanny for a while with another family, but that meant there were still only two babies for her to care for. Still an amazing ratio considering other options.
- It was my home, so the comfort level was huge. I could check in on him during the day on my nanny cam app whenever I wanted. I knew he was safe because I knew what he could get into and babyproofed accordingly. I didn’t have to go somewhere special, just go to work and come home.
- The pets got care, too. Rather than being alone all day, the dogs got plenty of interaction with the nanny and my child. She let them outside often throughout the day, which is something they would not otherwise get.
- She did more than just watch my child. She was part of the home (she even lived with us for a while) and she also cooked dinner so we would all have something to eat, brought in the mail or any packages that were delivered, let in any technicians if something needed repairing, and more. Having someone at home all day was a tremendous safety peace of mind as well.
But, I need to think positively. One of the items mentioned in this month’s goals update is the successful transition to daycare for my son. There are positives about a daycare situation as well and I need to remember that.
Things I am looking forward to with Daycare
- My child will have exposure to other children and learn from them. He’s been a bit spoiled being on his own so getting to see other children eating without fuss, napping when nap time is set, etc, will be great for him.
- Having other adults telling him what he needs to do and guiding him through his toddlerhood is going to be great for him. He will benefit from various teaching styles and personalities.
- He can start learning about diversity and how everyone has his or her own quirks and individuality, where he wouldn’t get that exposure at home.
- Going to daycare now will be a good introduction to going to school in the future.
- Having to get both of us ready in the morning to leave the house will be great for me, as well. I’ll learn some time management tricks as well to get us out on time.
I do think change is for the best and has many positive aspects, even if it will be a difficult transition at first. We did a partial week at daycare to start the transition this week, and next week he starts full time. Wish us luck, and share your tips!
P.S. If you are looking at hiring a nanny, I have prepared a Nanny Contract Template to help you hire your own nanny.
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