Top 6 reasons to go with a live in nanny instead of daycare

New parents and parents who have never had a nanny are always calling me and asking me what the benefits are to getting a live in nanny.  Many parents initially think that they are going to go the daycare route because that’s all they know.  Many feel that getting a nanny is probably too expensive.   They are also uneasy about having someone live in their home…they feel like they will not have any privacy.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Once your nanny is finished with her work day she will retire to her room.  The truth is, they want their privacy just as much as you do!

Here are the six top reasons to go with a live in nanny –

  1. Convenience – Imagine not having to run around getting your child up, dressed, fed and dropped off at daycare before you head to work.   The only person you need to worry about getting ready is yourself!  Your caregiver is already there.  Now think about how much stress you are eliminating and how much time you are saving by not having those extra tasks on your plate.  Now you can head into work without feeling like you were racing against the clock all morning and jumping through hoops all at the same time.  Ahhh…..
  2. Flexibility – Is work running late?  Last minute meeting perhaps? Stuck in traffic? Many things can and do pop up that cause you to be running late.  For every minute you are late to pick up your child at daycare, not only are you greeted with a forced smile from the daycare staff, you will be dinged with $1 charge for every minute that you’re late.  Ouch.  If you find that your schedule can be unpredictable you can work this all out with your caregiver.  Live in nannies know and understand that they are not punching a clock each day.  They are aware that sometimes life isn’t to the minute and their flexibility is priceless.
  3. Illnesses-every parent who has ever had a child in daycare knows the drill: you go pick up your child from daycare only to realize that there are some runny noses in the mix.  Great.  Chances are your child will have picked something up and will be the one with the runny nose the next day.  Or perhaps they will wake up with a full blown cold…with a fever.  Now not only can you not take your child to daycare, you cannot go to work.  Maybe you will only miss a day of work, maybe the better part of a week. During cold and flu season germs and illnesses can be passed around and around the daycare and each time your child gets sick you have to miss work.  By having a nanny if your child gets sick you can still get on with your day without worry.  You will have a loving adult at home that will see to his or her every need.
  4. Housework – Yep! It’s true.  Your nanny will tidy the house, start the dinner preparations and walk the dog in addition to taking amazing care of your children.  That means you can come home after a long day and not be bombarded by dirty dishes, baskets full of laundry and sticky fingerprints on the fridge.  You can come home and enjoy your family without having to worry about all of that other not so much fun stuff.  Trust me, it makes all the difference in the world…and to your day.
  5. Date night – Have you ever been home in the evening and wish you can pick up and go to the movies, out for dinner or just out for a coffee (or drinks) with your spouse? Or go out with a friend?  Of course you have!  But finding a babysitter on such short notice is near impossible.  Enter live in nanny.  A built in babysitter who is more than happy to do extra work (for extra pay of course)!
  6. Affordability – Many people think that live in nannies are unaffordable.  That is simply not true.  If you have one child in daycare a nanny will be slightly more expensive.  However if you have two children in daycare it will actually be less expensive to have a live in nanny. And, let’s not forget that in addition to caring for your precious children she is also taking care of your home and the chores that come along with it.

Sounds like a good deal to me!