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How do I decide whether to hire a nanny or put my baby in daycare?

How do I decide whether to hire a nanny or put my baby in daycare?

Tough choice.: Nanny is better if safe, reliable and affordable. Day care is better for peer socialization, but more likely to increase the number of infections during early childhood. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Caregiving (Definition)

Caregiving is the act of helping others take care of ...Read more


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What are the differences between daycare and hiring a nanny?

What are the differences between daycare and hiring a nanny?

Nanny only has your: ...Children to take care of, while day care has those from other families. Whatever infection older children bring to their homes, younger siblings can get, and bring to day care to share with your children. ...Read more

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Is it a copout for midlife mom to hire nanny even if she is home part of the time?

Tricky question: I hesitate to critique or judge other peoples parenting choices because lord knows it's a difficult job (and someone could write a book about all the ways i'm deficient as a parent). As long as the kids are in a loving home, have food on the table, a roof over the heads, are read to, hugged, listened to and encouraged... Then they'll probably turn out all right... Regardless of nanny. ...Read more

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Urgent. Nanny of my son has a cat that is ill have some worms and feels really bad. I worry is it cintagious if nanny has a contact wiz cat?

Urgent. Nanny of my son has a cat that is ill have some worms and feels really bad. I worry is it cintagious if nanny has a contact wiz cat?

Unlikely: Worms are generally transmitted via feces (poop.) assuming normal hygiene efforts (effective handwashing after contact with poop on the part of the nanny) it is highly unlikely worms could be transmitted from her cat to your family. ...Read more

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Someone wants to try me for nanny work tom, told her i had an appt thurs, i got strep, when is it okay to go try this out and how do I tell her that?

Someone wants to try me for nanny work tom, told her i had an appt thurs, i got strep, when is it okay to go try this out and how do I tell her that?

Strep: Today is monday. By thursday your strep should be under control. Honesty is the best policy. Mention that you are under treatment for strep. ...Read more

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How do you find a good nanny?

NANNY: You have to know the background of the nanny. Sometimes good recommendations from family and friends work. ...Read more

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What do I need to do to train my nanny?

What do I need to do to train my nanny?

A few "shadow days": Have your nanny follow you through your daily routine a few days in a row. Make sure you take some time to let her do the routine herself while you are observing so that you feel comfortable she is prepared to care for your baby when she is alone. Show her how to do things the way you feel work well for your little one. Then, returning to work won't be quite so difficult! ...Read more

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Is it necessary for my nanny to be a u.S. Resident?

No: This could be a tricky question that the federal eeoc would be happy to answer for you. However, a nanny could be here on a work visa, or an au pair from another country looking for an experience here in the United States. The essential thing is that they should be here legally to avoid future trouble. However, you need to make sure that your nanny is somebody you trust to leave children with. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my baby to become too attached to her nanny?

Is it possible for my baby to become too attached to her nanny?

No: Attachment is a good thing. It will be easier to transfer secure attachment to you, the parent, than try to achieve it when the child never knew it. ...Read more

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Must a nanny read to your child, ask questions about what she read?

Must a nanny read to your child, ask questions about what she read?

See below: I am not sure why you would not want your nanny to read to your child. Reading to and with our children is one of the best things we can do. And as far as questions, what is the harm? ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby is always more attached to her nanny than to me?

Be patient: Babies will frequently go through a period where they are attached to one parent (or the nanny) over another. It passes. Just keep showing her that you love her. It's not personal! ...Read more

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How can I learn to comfortably share responsibility with my nanny?

Personal boundaries: A lot of this depends on you, and what you ask the nanny to do. If the nanny is only there a couple hours, fine, no significant attachment. But if it's all day, this person is essentially a third parent, and it's important to not get jealous of bonds that they may form. If you trust your nanny to share your values, the child should be fine, and they will still love you and make strong bonds too. ...Read more

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I have a full time nanny and my baby 3mo old is closer to her i think..what should i do im working mom..pls help?

I have a full time nanny and my baby 3mo old is closer to her i think..what should i do im working mom..pls help?

Full time nanny: I know you're working & propably come home tired & have lot to do, but you need to spend more time with your baby, take over when you come home, cuddle with her ,show her your love & affection, play with her, let the nany care for her when your not home or if you something more important to do. I hope you can get rid of that feeling. Good luck, enjoy your bundle of joy. ...Read more

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My 3 yo was diagnosed with croup. our nanny is concerned being exposed, taking it back to her kids. Is this likely? any precautionary measures ?

My 3 yo was diagnosed with croup. our nanny is concerned being exposed, taking it back to her kids.  Is this likely?  any precautionary measures ?

Yes and no: Your child has a common age-specific viral infection. If your nanny has been around him or her in close proximity, she likely has been exposed -- just like a common cold. If her kids are > 6 yr old, it really doesn't matter. If they are < 6 yr old, then it is a watch and wait scenario. But the spread is unlikely. I recommend all kids be fully vaccinated to prevent more serious infections. ...Read more

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Is it ok psychologically to leave my 26 months old toddler with his grandma and nanny for 10 days (they live with us and he loves them very much)?

Yes: When you trust the chidcare person and the child knows and loves them, he will be fine. It can be healthy for them to separate and be with others you trust. It builds self confidence and independence and he will be glad to see you when you return. You can also skype while you are gone and that can be very nice to stay connected. ...Read more

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I live in egypt. I have a nigerian nanny for my 6.5 months old boy. She leaves for 2-day vacation in egypt every 13 days. Should i worry about ebola?

I live in egypt. I have a nigerian nanny for my 6.5 months old boy. She leaves for 2-day vacation in egypt every 13 days. Should i worry about ebola?

Not really: As of 29 October 2014 there have been no Ebola cases reported in Egypt per the World Health Organization. There are currently no cases in Nigeria (had been 20 cases wi 8 deaths) See: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/137376/1/roadmapsitrep_29Oct2014_eng.pdf ** There have been a total of 14,703 reported cases of Ebola that were suspected or confirmed as of today. ...Read more

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Nanny has scabies. What are the chances of me being infected?

Nanny has scabies. What are the chances of me being infected?

Significant: Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies. ...Read more

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Is it better to have family member or nanny sit if mom and dad travel a lot?

Is it better to have family member or nanny sit if mom and dad travel a lot?

Personal preference: You will need a reliable souce of childcare and a back-up plan. Nannies usually become almost a family member. Relatives know you best but can tire out. The most important quality is a loving attentive caretaker. Make sure your desingated sitter can seek medical attention for your child when you are away. You may find different solutions at different stages of your child's development. ...Read more

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Does the little boy im nanny for miss his mom and sees me as a kind of surrogate?

Does the little boy im nanny for miss his mom and sees me as a kind of surrogate?

Yes.: The relationship between nannies and their children can span the entire spectrum from indifference to pure love. It's a different type of relationship than the one that he has with his mom. In your role, it's always good to re-emphasize how much his mom is thinking about him, missing him, loving him, glad that he's having fun, and how she can't wait to see him soon. =). ...Read more

Nanny (Definition)

A nanny can provide individualized childcare ...Read more