Help with Nanny Guidelines for Newborn

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it can be covered in just one page…

Include baby’s name, pediatrician, & ped’s #.

Baby’s birthdate

Include any medications or allergies, or medical conditions.

Parents’ names & emergency contact numbers, and a back-up emergency contact person as well.

How many ounces your LO eats, and either what times of day, or how many times a day.

Keep instructions simple- like “Swirl breastmilk instead of shake.” and “Do not microwave milk, please use (bottle warmer, hot water, etc)”.  “Please put cloth diapers in wet bag provided.” 

Also, maybe include a line or so about what your go-to soothing techniques are.  Some babies like swings, some like to be held, some like a noise machine and a mobile.

Post # 4
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@DaneLady:  +1

I would do as DaneLady said.  If your nanny has experience you do not need a huge document on your baby. 

Post # 6
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@aliciapdx:  I’m a former Nanny, and I used to regularly get print-outs that were 5+ pages. Trust me, she’ll like having the reference material!

Especially if you outline feeding/sleeping routines, and things that generally comfort him!

Post # 7
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@aliciapdx:  I know it’s hard though…. I’m pretty sure I left 2 pages for our dogs one time when we went away overnight.  Cover everything you want to in a conversation or interview, but keep the written stuff concise 🙂

Post # 8
1029 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Speaking as a former nanny for infants, I would suggest you go through your routine and where things are when you meet with her. This can include how to use cloth diapers and where to find specific items. She will likely find this more helpful than relegating it all to a document.

You may also want to get a whiteboard for the refrigerator where she can indicate things like: when baby ate and how much, when diapers were changed (and possiblywhether it was wet or poopy), and when baby went down for a nap and how long she slept. One of my families had me do this and it simplified things a lot! I didn’t have to do a run-down with her every day, unless there was a specific question or issue, and the mom could have access to all that information. 

I would limit it to a single page of guidelines, like PP suggested. With regards to other things, such as any rules (no smoking, no TV or TV only while baby sleeps) and information on payment… I would write those into a contract that she can look over and you can both sign. You may also want to include guidelines for if she is late/sick (i.e. if you are run x minutes late please call. If you are sick and unable to come in, please give x amount of notice).

Post # 9
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BrandNewBride:  +1.

@aliciapdx:  I also, for one family, with a newborn, a 1 year old, and a 3 year old, needed to do a few ‘trial’ days where the mom and/or dad were home but basically didn’t do anything with the children and I needed to act like I would if I were there by myself. It was nice though, because if I did something a different way than they preferred they showed me how they would like it done and it was no problem. I don’t think that’s a common thing as no one else I’ve ever nannyd for has done anything except a printout and a normal interview/background check. Just mentioning it.


Post # 10
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

@aliciapdx:  As a nanny I would welcome having a long packet of information, but I wouldn’t give it to her as a packet of like “light reading” you know? She should be able to pick up most of those skills if she doesn’t know how to already just by you demonstrating. I would feel a lot more comfortable going in on day one if you showed me how you would do your son’s cloth diapers, how you prefer him to be fed, etc. rather than gave me a packet. Maybe write up the packet to be as long as you want, and just tell the nanny it is in a certain location if she needs it when you aren’t around. I like having all of the information at my hands if I really need it, and I understand that it isn’t necessarily an insult on my knowledge of my job, but more like something that makes the parents feel more comfortable when leaving their child alone.

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