Q • We are trying to find a babysitter/nanny to come into our home to take care of our 2-month-old baby. My husband and I work from our home, but I will be returning to the office in four weeks. We’ve been interviewing people, but we really don’t know what questions to ask. Also, should we have a nanny camera for our baby’s protection? Do we ask her to wash a few dishes or to cook light meals?
From a reader • Whether you’re working from home or away, having a nanny camera in several rooms is definitely a good idea. It’s the only way we found out that the person we hired to take care of our children subcontracted her job out to others when she wanted or needed to. Total strangers came into our home and their behavior in taking care of our two young children was lacking in many ways. Thank goodness no one was mean to the children, but the opportunity was there, as well as plenty of chances to steal from us. We were shocked to say the least. Be safe and get cameras. — L.L. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
From Jodie Lynn • Trying to find someone to come into your home to take care of your child/children is a very stressful task as well as a personal one. There are well-known companies that do provide this service. One of the most trustworthy companies is NannyCare.com which has won multiple awards for their excellent work in finding just the right person for the right family and the right family for the nanny.
I have a friend who has used them for many years and doesn’t have even one negative thing to say about them. The key is to first figure out exactly what is crucial to you and your family and prioritize that beforehand.
If it’s essential to you to have someone to not only look after your newborn but to also do a few other things, be sure that you find an individual who agrees to do them. Of course, a one-on-one interview is a must. Meeting the candidate in person is the best way to get to know them.
Make sure that they are healthy enough to do the job, organized, calm and experienced with taking care of children, especially a baby in your case.
Getting a nanny cam is up to you. It certainly can make you feel better. Check with your local or state guidelines on having one. Some require the homeowners to tell the babysitter/nanny about it.
Take your time and interview several people before making a final decision. Checking their references is a very necessary step in the hiring process as well as perhaps hiring them for a day to see if they are actually a good fit.
Finding someone you’re comfortable with for this very important job can be daunting but will offer a little peace of mind once you’ve found the right person.
Can you help?This may seem like a simple question with a simple answer but so far there seems to be endless advice, which we find confusing. What is the best way to clean areas in our house where our 8-month-old twin babies crawl, roll, sit, sleep, etc? We’ve heard about using many different types of sprays, lotions, wipes and much more. Which ones are really safe for their lungs and skin and does this depend on how frequently we use them? What have other parents had the most success with in this situation?
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Jodie Lynn is an award-winning parenting columnist, author of five books and mother to three children. She and her family live in Wildwood.