Transitioning to a new nanny, for your child(ren) and your family, can take some time and adjustment for all parties.
Here are 4 tips to ensure that the transition occurs as smoothly as possible
1.Getting to know phase:
It is always good to offer a handover period with the current nanny, and to have mum / dad around in the first few days / weeks. This allows the child the time to get used to his / her new caregiver, for the new caregiver to learn more about the child, your family and your routines etc., Ideally you should allow for at least a week of the “getting to know phase”. However, the time required will also depend on the child’s acceptance of a new person in their lives.
2. Practice Leaving:
If you have a baby, you’re going to need to practice leaving the child with your nanny. One great way to do this is to explain that you are just going into the other room, and letting the nanny, one-on-one, get to know your baby. If the baby cries for you, come back and comfort the child, practicing the move until you, the baby, and the nanny are comfortable. You can then gradually increase the time you are away – once again, follow your child’s cues.
3. Information Exchange:
You need to take the time to explain all the special details and preferences of your family. One great way to do this is to provide a journal to the nanny, or a shared file that has everything detailed and listed in terms of likes, dislikes, routines, organized activities, important contact and health details etc.,
4. Stay calm and positive
Your child will pick up on your cues if you are feeling anxious or sad – remain positive in the nanny’s presence and when leaving. This will instill confidence in your child(ren) that there is nothing to worry about. We know it is hard leaving your precious ones in the care of others. Sometimes, we as parents are more stressed and anxious then the child. We need to make sure we remain upbeat, calm, and positive as much as possible.
Rockmybaby ® will help you to develop the best nanny transition possible as we will be there to guide you along the way and provide any advice in your new nanny transition. Contact us for your nanny requirements www.rockmybaby.ch