Has anyone hired a nanny? Is it worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I don’t have any kids- but my mom hired help when I was VERY young (<2 yrs) because she was having a really hard time. The nanny was a live in nanny who helped when I woke up in the middle of the night as well as with the house chores/laundry. 

My mom loved her! It was increadibly worth it as she had really poor health during the period after my birth and really needed help. My grandparents were not nearby and couldn’t lend a hand. Apparently I loved my nanny a lot ahahahaha so I guess I had a good experience now.

Unfortunately, I can’t speak to your concern about cost- but I do know that most live in nannys are pricey and it is important to figure out exactly what they will be doing. For example, my nanny cooked, cleaned AND took care of me. 🙂

Post # 4
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I haven’t hired a nanny, but I am a nanny, and it just depends what you’re looking for. Are you going to be at home with the nanny and the children? If so, are you going to need to be at your desk working the whole time, or will you be able to help out with the children? If you plan to be there to take over for anything at all I would think of this more as a mother’s helper. I nanny for a family, but the parents are either not home, or they are in their offices working, so they don’t help me. That is where I make the most money. I also work with another family. The mother is at home, the baby naps most of the day, and she also handles feeding, so I make a lot less. 

Do you expect the nanny to also do any cooking and cleaning? If your children are still very young and nap it is reasonable to expect the nanny to still be working if you are in need of house keeping help, but you have to make sure the nanny knows what you expect of her, and that you also compensate her fairy for that work. 

Are you planning on having a live in or live out nanny? Around here I would expect a live in nanny to have all living expenses paid plus a small salary on top of that. A live out nanny would have bills of her own, so would obviously make much more.

Do you need someone full time on a strict schedule, or do you need someone part time with some flexibility? If you only need someone to help out during a few hours a week you could look into a college student who is an education major or something similar. College students are often willing to work for a bit less, but many of them still have experience, and are looking to build their resumes!

Post # 5
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@SamanthaLovesJames:  My sister has a nanny right now, and they’re pretty common in my area. There are generally two types of nannies here (in Ontario) — agency or independent. You can hire a foreign worker (usually Filipino) from an agency, and they tend to live-in during the week. Sometimes the agency charges a flat rate, regardless of the number of kids. 

Where I grew up, Filipino nannies are very common because there is a large Jewish population, so paying $2500/month for someone to look after your 3-4 kids is far cheaper than daycare. When I was growing up, my parents hired a Filipino housekeeper from an agency, and she was so relieved to have her daily duties consist of cleaning, cooking, and dogwalking. Her former household had 4 kids, and she made the same amount of money as a housekeeper that she did as a nanny. 

My sister hired her current nanny online from Care.com. She interviewed 2-3 young women who had just finished undergrad. She hired a girl who is 22, just finished an Early Childhood Education degree. She does not live-in, but my sister did interview a woman who was open to living in as well for the same monthly cost. The nanny comes in at 6:30am every weekday, and is there until 6-7pm, taking care of one child. She’s paid $4000 a month, and gets an additional car stipend (not enough to pay for a car, but enough to probably cover insurance and gas). 

My sister’s nanny does laundry, as well as cooking/cleaning after my niece. She does not make dinner for the family or clean the house generally. Since my niece goes to daycare for halfdays twice a week, my sister tried to suggest that the nanny could perhaps do some general cleaning during that time (for an additional fee!), but the request was declined.

Regardless, she’s a fantastic nanny, and definitely a keeper. My parents live in the same neighbourhood and have seen the nanny/my niece out for walks or at the park. The nanny is never on her phone or standing around socializing with others. She’s attentive to my niece even when no one is around to evaluate her. I see plenty of nannies on the phone letting their kids go wild at the park or at the mall, so I think my sister hit the jackpot!

My sister has a job with amazing benefits/pension, which is why she badly needed a nanny. She gives the majority of her paycheck to the nanny, to be honest, but it’s worth it to her to keep her job. At first, I was taken aback at how much she was going to pay per month, but the nanny works very long hours and is really professional. You should look to see how much you’re willing to spend per month before looking for someone, since if you do it the other way around (like my sister did!), you may end up really liking someone, and paying far more than you thought you would.

Post # 6
992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We looked to hire a nanny when my DS was born and I was going back to work. There were many positive aspects that I really loved (not having to wake/dress DS every morning and shuttle him around in the cold, one on one interaction, housework…etc). However, they were just WAY out of our price range.

I did a lot of research through care.com and different agencies and I found the average cost of a full time nanny where I live (midwest) was $500/week, or $26,000/year. Some expected to NET $500/week, meaning you paid them that + taxes. Some wanted benefits, so you’d have to provide them with health insurance. All wanted a few weeks paid vacation.

In the end, I couldn’t justify the cost compared to how much I make at work.

Post # 7
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a nanny after I got divorced and I loved her so much!  It was so nice to not have to drop kids off in the morning or stop on my way home to pick them up.  She did everything – cleaned, grocery shopped, playdates, outings, laundry, and cooked dinner.  I walked in every night to a home cooked meal, a clean house, and happy kids.

I paid around $475 a week for mine.  But I also gave her lots of vacation.  She had 6-8 weeks off a year and I paid her for those weeks.  She got 1 week off of her choice.  The other weeks she got off when I had vacation, when my ex had the kids for vacation, or when my parents came to visit.

I had no luck with care.com  Our first nanny from there was horrible.  If you decide to get a nanny, ask around for people that know people.

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