Post # 1
So me and my hubby are talking about who is going to watch the baby once we go back to work. My immediate response was to get a nanny. I do not want my child at daycare with 20 other babies and I would feel much safer having the baby being watched in our house. I know nannys can get expensive, we don’t need a live in one, just one 5 days a week, maybe 7 hours a day I’m thinking. Would it be possible to pay someone like minimum wage to do this or def under 10 bucks an hour? We wouldn’t need any housework, cooking or driving to be done. Bascially just sit and watch the baby. We would want someone experienced though not like a teenager or something. Do you think paying someone so little would be possibLe?
Post # 3
Personally I don’t think so. No one can actually live on minimum wage when they are an adult and that would basically be their full time job. I would think it would restrict the type of person that would be interested. I would think you would need to pay what most preschools pay for helpers with where I am from is atleast $9- $11 /hr. I guess it would depend where you live as well, for cost of living. IMO
Post # 4
My friend watched three kids for the summer (ages 3, 6, 7). They paid her roughly $500 a week I think. She was there from like 7:30 am – 5:30 pm (time to drive to and from work). So just about 45 hours a week plus or minus 5 here and there. Obviously that was for 3 kids but a newborn can be tough as well.
You do have to remember that you are paying their salary so you can’t really pay “by the hour”. Even if they didn’t need the nanny for one of the days, they still needed to pay her.
Post # 5
By the way, in our area the cost of daycare (nice daycare) is roughly $1,000 per month for a newborn.
At $500 per week, you are paying almost double for a nanny than what a daycare costs.
Post # 6
My cousin was a nanny a few years ago. She was a live in and made a flat $650 per week plus the use of a Volvo. She considered taking a non-live in position and that made about $500 a week. The couple was upper middle class and had one child.
I dont think you’ll ever find someone for minimum wage to watch your kid, but I guess it could be drastically different depending on where you live.
Post # 7
Nannies are pretty expensive. The national average is $500 – $700 weekly for “live out” nannies. Live in nannies average $400 – $600 weekly b/c their living expenses are usually covered by the family they are living with. Maybe finding an in-home daycare would be a cheaper alternative? I know they tend to have fewer kids.
Post # 8
Honestly, you get what you pay for. Do you really want to pay the bare minimum to a person to take care of your child? Heck, I made more than minimum wage babysitting when I was in middle school. If you want someone who is experienced, you really can’t expect to get someone at that price, not if you want them to be any good.
Post # 9
My co-worker has 2 children (1 newborn and a toddler) and pays, I believe, $500 a week after taxes, and doesn’t pay her health insurance. She is live-out and works about 40 hours a week What you also have to keep in mind also are your local employment laws. He said the biggest headache is dealing with the rules, taxes, etc. – as he is her legal employer, and has to complete many of the same forms as any small employer.
I guess you could pay someone under the table and not deal with that – but better safe than sorry when it comes to the IRS, IMO.
I wouldn’t trust a nanny who would work for $10/hour, because I can’t imagine at that pay you would get someone with much experience. But I guess that could vary area to area.
Post # 10
I was in a live-out nanny for a summer during college. I got paid $150/day to watch a 2 year old for 8 hours and a 6 year old for 2 hours (the 6 year old was in summer camp most of the day). The family would also cover gas/food expenses for the day if we went to the beach or to a museum or something because it’s not very realistic to sit in the house all day.
Post # 11
Another thing to think about is that since you are this person’s employer, you will have to pay the employer portion of the Medicare and FICA taxes on their salary (about 7%).
Post # 12
I’m a live out nanny so I can answer this pretty accurately :o)
I have worked with my family for 2 and half years and started when the twins were newborn. I started out full time working 35 hours per week (M-F 7am-2pm) and made $20 an hour for a total of $700 a week. I did a lot of house work too in regards to the baby such as cleaning and sanitizing the nursery, doing laundry, cleaning bottles. etc
I think you would be really hard pressed to find a reliable sitter who would work full time hours for less than $15 an hour.
Try using sites like care.com or nannies4hire.com
Post # 13
It depends where you are. (Geographically)
I worked as a nanny and worked my butt off in Montana for two kids (4month old baby and 2year old) and did cooking, cleaning, putting the kids to sleep, bathing, pottie training, reading, constant everything…! I was paid $9 an hour, and it wasn’t enough. I am very against paying any less than that. I think a nanny should get AT LEAST $10 an hour. Plus, you want someone that is worth that much, know what I mean? It is an important job, watching SOMEONE else’s child, and you want to give them what they deserve.
Post # 14
This is really a pet peeve of mine. I am also a live-out nanny and I don’t understand how people think they’re going to pay a nanny less than or equal to what they pay a daycare. It doesn’t work that way! Nannies offer a much different experience than a day care and you pay for it. I think using a Nanny for childcare is probably the most expensive option.
I agree with a previous poster suggesting an in-home daycare. There prices are usually close to a normal daycare because they have to compete with them. They also have a limit on the amount of kids you can have. I know in my county you can’t have more than 2 infants and you can’t have more than 4 toddlers in your care at one time. You’re also not allowed more than a total of 5 children at one time.
I’m not saying that you can’t find someone to do it, but I would advise against it. If a nanny is a good nanny they’ll probably know it and charge for it.
Post # 15
All I can say is please don’t take advantage of anybody, I nannied for a family friend this summer and it was an awkward situation when I was not being paid what I deserved (less than minimum wage, less than they would have paid a daycare). I loved the little boy and I did my job well but I would never ever get in such a situation again and I harbor bad feelings towards it.
That said it was my fault as well for not being more assertive and setting clear guidelines for pay upfront.
Post # 16
With no benefits, and hardly any money…I don’t think you’re going to like what you get.
Also, daycares are not all rooms filled with 20 babies. My niece goes to a fabulous private daycare with 6 other children, is learning 2 languages, and is extremely socialized and advanced for her age (we pick her up once a week, and know the women running it well, we are very impressed).
Don’t be so quick to write off what can be a valuable experience if you look around, and also please don’t try to take advantage of anyone by paying them a scarily small amount of money!