Post # 1
We are hiring a part time nanny for our 5 month old baby. We are looking to have her until he starts walking and then we will send to daycare. I am really conflicted between two girls. Who would you choose ? Both are mid 20s and trustworthy, good references. First one is quirky and artsy and does improv as her main job. She does somewhat inappropriate improv as well. She has 7 years nanny experience and is very connected. She is friends with the owner of a local baby class and knows other local classes. She also has a lot of nanny friends with babies to socialize our child. She lives local and is flexible in days she can work. She is expensive at 20/hr. Second girl is a very sweet easy to talk to hairdresser. She’s trying to build her book. She has never been a nanny but has 6 yrs daycare experience and has done a lot of babysittIng. She was very responsive. She does not live local in that she is outside city where we are (30 min train or car). She is also not flexible in days. She is cheaper at 17/hr. So conflicted. Some are saying there is not much to do with development at this age so to go with cheaper option but I dont necessarily agree. What would you do ??
Post # 2
First nanny. Who cares about her inappropriate improv? 🙄 A lot of people have super kinky sex, etc and are amazing parents /caretakers lol. She’s flexible, has the experience, and is close in case of an emergency. Win win.
Post # 3
First one, flexibility and close location means she can more likely get to you in emergencies …. Plus experience
Post # 4
lilceeja124 : First one. Hands down. I would not feel comfortable with a nanny who was essentially just starting out, not with a baby so young. She can “build her book” with older children. Also, flexibility when you have a young one is soooo important!
Post # 5
First. As someone who has had several nannies, you’ll want the flexibility!
Post # 6
While I think the second one would definitely be capable based on her experience, I think her distance from you and lack of flexibility is a big drawback.
Post # 7
If flexibility is a big requirement, go with that one. I’ve used several different nannies, and the ones with the most experience weren’t always the best. In fact, the best nanny I ever had was the youngest who had a bunch of siblings, and had that “motherly” instinct. She just knew what was good to do, bad to do, safe, not safe, what would entertain and keep my son happy, etc. She was also much more willing to take direction from me than some of the more experienced nannies I worked with, who can often feel like they know better or have so much experience that I have no business taking issue with anything they’re doing. Given your description, I’d probably get along better with nanny B and trust that it would be more important to her to do a bang up job since she isn’t jaded from being in the industry for a while either.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
I would personally go with the first nanny. She has a lot of experience and is flexible
Post # 9
First, mostly because of flexibility. That’s one of the main reasons for a nanny imo is the flexibility. I agree with llevinso, if you had an older child I wouldn’t care as much about experience but not with a baby
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2020 - City, State
The only thing that gives me pause about the first nanny is if she is going to be tired if she performs late at night, and you need her early in the morning. That said, if winter weather is a concern for the nanny with the longer commute, that is a definite consideration as well.
Post # 11
This isn’t really an answer, but I would go without whoever you had the best connection with. Trust your gut – this is not a decision to make based on facts alone. You need to be 100% comfortable and trust the person you are handing your baby over to.
Post # 12
the difference between 17 and 20 is minimal for about $24/day you are paying for flexibility, more experience, and local. i think the decision is simple.
Post # 13
I voted for the Artsy Improv Nanny. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with the other one other than she isn’t as available and a distance away which could cause problems. Artsy Improv Nanny could also be really creative and a lot of fun.
Post # 14
For $3/hour difference, go with the first one.