Changing your child’s nanny is always a tough job. You’ll need to get the job done as well as minimize any emotional reactions which your child might have in store for you. So, in order to avoid things turning sour and you ending up with a loud and dissatisfied little one, here are some tips you can use for easing the transition from one nanny to the next.
Preparation for a new nanny
Getting your child adjusted to a new caregiver is going to be a lot easier if the nanny you choose is good. If you’d like to find the best nanny for your child, you can’t just go and choose the first person out there, you’ll need to make some preparations.
Planning for a new nanny
First off, you’ll need to know when you’ll need the nanny. If you’ve got a few weeks to prepare, you don’t have to rush the process. However, if you’re in need of another nanny because you’re moving your home soon, you’ll need to prepare faster for locating the perfect nanny. So, before you even start looking, make a plan. Get your timeline straight and take into consideration all of the things you might need to do once you move. For example, if you’re moving, you’ll need to make your new home clean for your toddler, which can take up a lot of time you’d rather spend searching for a new nanny.
Interview for a new nanny
Once you’ve finished planning your timeline, it’s time to choose the nanny. Make sure you get as many referrals as you can, to ensure your child’s caregiver is good. In addition to this, you’ll want to hold interviews with all the potential candidates. Make sure you ask questions which are to the point so as not to waste your time and theirs. Some things you should ask are:
- Previous experience – it’s good to know what people have been doing before you hire them.
- How many kids have the nanny been caring for? – this will prove rather important as it will help you transition from one nanny to the next properly. A more experienced nanny will make the transition easier.
- What date can they start? – this will also prove crucial to the process as you might need a nanny sooner than some of the potential candidates can provide service.
Deciding on the nanny
Finally, the decision you make will need to be informed and in concord with your family. If your kid is a bit older, you can make the final decision with their help. If not, make sure your other household members are alright with the choice.
The process to transition to a new nanny
The process of getting your child accustomed to the new nanny will start as soon as you’re ready. So, if you’ve recently relocated, get familiar with the things you can expect after you relocate, and start the transition from one nanny to the next. This will require a lot of work, so make sure you get some time off work to help your child adjust. Or, ask family members to help you until everyone can adjust properly. Talk to your children and make sure they’re ready for the changes that are about to happen.
Once you’ve decided on a nanny, the next thing on the schedule is getting your child acquainted to their new caregiver. Make sure your child is ready to meet a new person. So, if you’ve moved out, you might need to help your baby adjust and cope with stress. You won’t be able to transition from one nanny to the next if your child is feeling down.
After you’ve taken care of your baby and it’s ready to meet new people, introduce the new nanny. At first, you’ll need to be there along with the new caregiver. This will help your child trust the new nanny and they’ll make better friends.
Leave the room
Once you feel that your kid has gotten used to the new caregiver enough to be around them, it’s time to take it up a notch. Start leaving the room with your kid and the nanny. If your child starts crying or calling for you, don’t come rushing in but give the nanny a chance to take care of the situation. So, leave them alone, but remain close by. Your child might need you to come back.
The first few times leave your child alone with the new nanny but stay in the house. Creating a safe environment will ease the transition from one nanny to the next.
Leave the house
The next step is a bit obvious. It’s time to get a little bit more distance between you and the child to help your baby transition to the new nanny. Before leaving, you’ll need to get the rules straight. Tell the nanny that this is sort of a dress rehearsal for the real deal. Make sure your nanny sticks to your baby’s feeding and sleeping schedules while you’re away. Also, you’ll need to ensure the new caregiver knows where everything is and who to call in case of an emergency.
Be ready to come back
At first, once you leave your child with the nanny, stay close to your home. You’ll need to be able to come back quickly, at least at first, to handle any emergencies. However, as time goes by, you should take longer and longer to come back home. This will let your baby spend more time alone with the new caregiver which will help you transition from one nanny to the next.
Leave things in nanny’s hands
Once your child gets used to the nanny, you can leave things in their hands. Introduce your nanny to the child’s daily routine and let them do everything from dressing your kid to making homemade baby food. This will make the transition even smoother. However, you’ll still want to show up from time to time and check on things. It’s a good idea to come unannounced and check things out. But, don’t do this too often as micromanaging your nanny kind of defeats the purpose of having a nanny in the first place.