19 June 2008

nanny job description

The nanny started working with us on Tuesday and she's terrific. Eleanor obviously likes her and they are having fun. I have been around a lot this week, though mostly trying to stay out of the way. At one point yesterday I heard a "thump" followed by crying and had to remember to stay in my room (near the bathroom...that was important yesterday) and let the nanny handle it. Eleanor stopped crying in about 20 seconds.

I'm wondering about what people with nannies think about the down-time. For example, Ellie sleeps at least four hours during the day, sometimes more. Our nanny has said she loves to clean but should I leave her a list of tasks to do during naptimes, things like vacuuming maybe? Should I ask her to do laundry? She offered to help with that too. I'm paying her more per hour than I usually pay a sitter to be with both kids when they are sleeping in the evening so it is very tempting.

Since we are hoping to get Eleanor in to day care for the fall, I don't want to get spoiled. On the other hand, some extra help with house stuff while I am transitioning back to work might be nice.

What do you think? Should I be brave or am I thinking about asking too much?


Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Jen from is a nanny, so she might be able to give you some feedback on what is appropriate to expect and what's not.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Sorry, I messed up the tag! The link works, though.

Tranny Head said...

We have a nanny share . . . the nanny comes to the other couple's house and I haul my kid over there. Anyway, we sort of view cleaning up child-related stuff as standard. In other words, picking up all the toys, washing the baby lunch dishes, etc. The other family pays her extra to clean their house on the weekend - she comes on Saturdays just to clean.

Blog Mama said...

If the kid's are sleeping, keep her busy. For sure ask her to do kids laundry, pick-up and/or organize toys, and kid-related dishes. I have to pay about $20 per hour to get someone good here in Silicon Valley, so they better be earning it!