Monday, 12 December 2016

Confinement Nanny Tips

You need a confinement nanny to ensure you get adequate rest while recovering from delivery, but there is an even bigger reason to open the door to a nanny: their knowledge. If this is your first baby, then there will be a lot of things that you don't know. In many cases, you won't even realize how much you don't know until you are in awkward situations with your new baby.

If you aren't sure what you may not already know, consider this quick list of just five basic things new mothers can learn from a knowledgeable confinement nanny.

How to properly bathe a newborn baby
Many new mothers are comfortable caring for their babies when they are dry and happy, but they freeze when it comes to giving the tiny babies their baths. Most babies don't like being wiped down with a wet cloth and they protest even more if you strip them down and try to place them in an infant tub with water. This protesting comes in the form of screaming, and that can bring many mothers to tears.

That is where the confinement nanny comes in handy. They know just how to give the littlest babies their first baths with the least amount of protest. If nothing else, they can calm a nervous mother and assure her that the crying is normal and will stop as soon as the bath is over. With this soothing, a new mother can learn to endure the crying and then enjoy the peace that comes when the baby is clean, dry, warm and ready for a nap.

How to develop a healthy feeding schedule that works for baby and mommy
One of the most difficult aspects of caring for a newborn is trying to determine when the baby needs fed and when something else might be wrong. Should you wake up a sleeping baby if it is their scheduled time to eat? Should you offer a bottle every time they cry, just to make sure they aren't hungry? How do you know for sure that the baby is getting the nourishment they need?

These are all questions that a confinement nanny will answer. A good nanny will also work with mother and baby to develop a feeding schedule that keeps the baby healthy and satisfied while giving the mother adequate times to rest. This is extremely important for breastfeeding mothers.

How to train a baby to sleep through the night
At some point, babies will need to learn to sleep when it is dark out and wake up when it is light out. New mothers benefit from keeping their confinement nannies on board long enough get their little ones adjusted to their daily schedule. At the very least, the nanny should be asked for tips on getting the baby to sleep through the night before letting the nanny go.

Proper diaper and clothes changing routines
New mothers often worry about changing diapers at the appropriate time and may waste diapers by changing too often or cause diaper rash by not changing often enough. There can be some anxiety over changing clothing as well, since many newborns will scream through the process. A confinement nanny will teach the best strategies to keeping the baby comfortable at all times.

Don't Forget Yourself
A confinement nanny is there to help take care of you, not just your baby. In fact, many believe that the confinement nanny should primarily care for the new mother so she remains healthy enough to take care of her baby on her own when the confinement period is over. This means you should consider your needs from the nanny, rather than just listing out the duties that you would like the nanny to take on for your newborn baby.

For example, you will of course have the nanny help you with nighttime sessions getting the baby back to sleep, but you may need some help getting sleep as well. The nanny may therefore agree to take the baby for you while you take naps as needed. You will naturally contract for the confinement nanny to help you feed the baby properly, but you should ask her to also prepare some healthy meals for you. You will not be able to cook all of your meals on your own, at least right from the beginning.

Be Very Clear
When setting down with a confinement nanny to discuss the position, be very clear with the duties you would like her to take on. It is best to do this through a confinement nanny service, since they will have standard contracts and duty lists which can serve as a starting point for your discussions. Most agencies will allow you to make some changes or add to the list of duties for additional cost, but it helps to have that initial list of duties and price point to start from.

Don't be Shy
Do not feel shy asking for everything that you need from your confinement nanny. Most agencies are ready and willing to meet all of your needs, but you may have to pay a bit more if it means more work than usual for the confinement nanny. If you are not very honest and upfront with your needs, then the contract you create will not be sufficient for your needs. This will leave you dissatisfied in the end.

Never Assume
If you aren't sure about something, do not hesitate to ask. If you assume a service is not available, you will pass up getting something from your nanny that could have been provided. If you assume that your nanny will do something without asking, you may be very disappointed that the service is not included in your contract. Always ask. Never assume.

Bring Respect to the Table
Finally, if you respect your nanny and treat her like a part of the family, she will be more willing to do extra things to care for you and the baby. Make her feel welcomed and appreciated and you are guaranteed to get better care from her. That means your baby gets better care as well.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Confinement Nanny

Traditional confinement practices are postnatal practices common to Singaporeans, Malaysians, Chinese and Indian women. These practices are designed to help a mother recover from the stress of pregnancy, labour and birth. The mother and child are effectively confined to their home about one month. In this time, only close relatives are allowed to see them. Traditionally, the mother or mother-in-law helps the new mother, but sometimes due to work, illness or other issues, this may not be possible. In such cases, a confinement nanny or pui yuet (Cantonese; meaning companion for a month) is hired either via direct referral from relatives and friends, or via an agency.

Though steeped in tradition, confinement nannies are readily hired by first time mothers and/or career moms. Confinement nannies differ from regular nannies in that they help out in the postnatal period after birth. They are usually older women who have developed the requisite skill set in taking care of new-born babies; this involves bottle-feeding them, bathing and changing them, and soothing them when they cry. Apart from this primary duty, confinement nannies also cook nutritious meals for the mother and her husband (if the family is a small unit), and wash the clothes of the new mother and baby. They are there to help ease the transition from a pregnant woman to a new mother; and allow you to heal from all the recent rigours you’ve been through.

Confinement nannies go a long way in easing the burden but there are certain mistakes you must avoid when hiring such a nanny otherwise you’ll end up with more frustration than you bargained for.

Inability to make a decision

· Ask yourself if you truly need a confinement nanny. If you are alone, with no help and your husband is hardly available, or if you are having a difficult pregnancy and you know that your mother or mother-in-law is going to be unavoidably absent, then you definitely need some help.

· Once you decide that you need a confinement nanny don’t wait till the last week of your pregnancy to begin researching on your potential nanny.

· A confinement nanny needs to be booked while you are still pregnant.

· The more experienced a nanny, the more she will be in demand, sometimes such nannies are pre-booked by women who are in their first trimester.

Lack of research
- Fund Research

· You may need to discuss with your partner about the financial implications of hiring a confinement nanny.

· It costs about $2,400 – $4,500 to hire a confinement nanny for a month. So you need to set aside money for the nanny.

· Factor in your due date, prices tend to be higher during the end of year holidays and Chinese New Year Period, so you may need to raise your budget if this is when you expect your baby.

- Nanny and Agency Research
· When hiring your nanny, don’t be afraid to ask the agency or referring relative questions. Be bold and don’t be shy.

· If you are using an agency, ask for testimonials or referrals from past mothers. This can help you decide based on their experience and feedback.

· Be meticulous. Read the fine print of any agreement. Make sure you know the terms and agreement of your confinement nanny deal. What will happen if you don’t like your nanny? Will the agency provide a replacement nanny? How long will the replacement nanny take to arrive? Are there any cancellation fees? Any refund policies?

· Be thorough and be sure to ask any necessary questions, your child’s health may depend on it.

Not Interviewing the Prospective Nanny
· First things first, can you communicate with your nanny? Are there any language barriers? Usually agencies may speak on the nanny’s behalf and you may not need to speak directly to her. But remember that when it comes down to it, it will be just the three of you in the house and you may want to give her an instruction but be constrained by this language barrier. It is always better to be able to understand each other.

· Try to interview your prospective nanny, it is better to do this in her house –an environment she is comfortable in- this allows you to see her true character.

· Carefully delineate your expectations and align your goals. This is the time to discuss the minutiae of added tasks. Do you want her to cook meals for your husband as well? Do you have any dietary or cooking restrictions? Do you want her to go grocery shopping on your behalf? To what extent should she help with household cleaning chores?

· It is always better to iron out the majority of her responsibilities to prevent future misunderstanding.

· This is also the time to look out for your nanny’s attentiveness and her sensitivity to your needs. A dismissive nanny at the interview level, will also be dismissive of your needs at home.

Lack of Security
· Sometimes, relatives recommend a pui yuet, while this may be tempting, it is important to remember that such a nanny may not be licensed to work in that position.

· Always look for agencies that are licensed by the Ministry of Manpower. This rules out the dangers of illegal stays and helps insure you, should there be a fallout.

· Request a thorough medical check-up and up-to-date immunizations for your nanny, most agencies will already have invested in this. But you need to be sure as your nanny will be spending most of her time with your baby.

Lack of Foresight
· You need to think ahead, if you will need your confinement nanny to stay on as a regular nanny. Find out if this is possible with the agency and if there are any added costs.

· As your confinement nanny works with you, watch and see if you want her to stay on. If you want another nanny, then you need to plan early to get one as soon as your confinement nanny leaves.

· You also need to discuss with the nanny and see if she is willing to continue beyond the confinement period so that you’re not left in the lurch.

Finding a suitable confinement nanny takes patience and time, start early, ask questions and be realistic.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

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