Hire a nanny to help with sleep — either yours or your baby’s

Using a nanny is a primary option for working mothers in the U.S. but it is also help with the problem of sleep in your home.

Around 5.6 million working moms in the U.S. and approximately 51 percent of women who gave birth to their first child returned to work within four months. This shows that in record numbers, most families are turning to nannies for a solution for their childcare needs as well as their own sleeping needs.

Since hiring a nanny is one of the most important commitments that parents will makes, many use a nanny contract which clearly lays out the terms/conditions of working before the process of hiring is complete.

There are many causes of nanny’s leaving jobs but one of the largest seems to be parents who make unreasonable and unexpected demands on the nanny for extra chores and hours. But there are parents who are also dissatisfied with nannies because of having friends overnight, making too many phone calls and using the nanny car for personal errands.

For the nanny relationship to work there must be open lines of communications. Parents and nannies who communicate well together provide a better home for the children and that is the most important recent for hiring a nanny. The first step to this mutual goal is a detailed contract that both parties agree to and is the best step to making the relationship work.

Nanny contracts should detail and outlines the nanny’s responsibilities and goals for the children’s growth and progress. It should state the nanny’s salary and pay dates, as well as any deductions.

Some other issues you may find in a nanny contract are:

• Overnight care-how often what additional pay will be provided per hour.
• Travel schedule for the year including when the nanny is expected to leave town with the family, arrangements for the nanny while traveling, how many hours of work will be necessary while out of town, and what additional pay will be provided.
• Agreement concerning the nanny’s mealtimes, and what items will be provided for the nanny for his or her dietary needs.
• Agreement on the children’s diets and what meals the nanny is expected to prepare.
• Rules for use of the nanny car, including automobile insurance.
• Schedule of meetings with the parents and the nanny together to encourage communication.
• Sick days.
• Vacation days

A detailed nanny contract is especially important if the nanny is hired on a live-in basis. A fair contract will ensure that everyone concerned gets the most out of the loving care a nanny provides to the children.

And a good nanny, who either lives in or stays over night occasionally, will be well worth the money, so that everyone in the family gets nights of good quality sleep.