You are pregnant with your first child, and you and your spouse or partner have decided to employ the services of a nanny. But being a first-time mom, you don’t know where to begin. Finding the right caregiver for your child can be a frustrating experience, so here are some tips to make your quest stress-free:
Start early. This is very important because if you begin your hunt with only two weeks to go before your due date, your decision may be clouded by urgency, you may be too stressed and ungainly to conduct proper interviews, and you might end up with a less than satisfactory result (i.e. yaya from hell). An appropriate time to start asking around would be a little past the six month mark.
Do your homework. Hit the books, surf the net. There are tons of resources now on the market that cater to moms, moms-to-be, and families. Many magazines have come out with booklets and/or guides to aid in the task of looking for a nanny. In the course of your online search, you may even come upon a blog/support group/discussion board that contains the specific information you need.
Talk to mom, tita or lola. Chances are, you were partly raised by a yaya. Ask your mother/tita/lola how she went about looking for the perfect caregiver for you. Your mother (or mother-in-law) will most likely be a fountain of experience when it comes to looking for the proper help.
Ask for referrals from trusted friends. Though using the services of an agency is a perfectly viable option, a more ideal alternative would be to get referrals from friends, relatives or from your senior household help. This way, you know you’re getting the real 411 on the possible candidate, and not just generic blather from a biodata churned out by the agency. Or better yet, the next time you’re at a children’s party—ask your friend’s yaya to recommend someone.
Looking for the perfect someone to help you care for your child is always daunting—whether you’re a first-time mom or not—but you can always ease the pressure (and stress) by being prepared. This means starting early, conducting proper research, and being bold when it comes to getting information. No one will judge you for being too thorough; after all, it’s your child’s welfare involved. So get cracking mommy!