You know when you’re not a parent and you get all judge-y about what you would and would not do when you become a parent? And then you actually become a parent and realize how Judgey McJudge-a-Lot you were? That’s how I feel about my prior and current take on nannies.
I used to think nannies were ridiculous. A way for the rich and super famous to have kids yet not really have to get their hands dirty. And for some ridiculous people (like a mom on Pregnant in Heels who was complaining about being “up” all night just because she could hear her nanny with the kids all night), I’m sure that is the case. However, being a work-at-home mom, super busy with a crawling tot who is drawn to any and all danger zones, I can really see the benefits to having in-home childcare.
If I were fabulously wealthy and could pay to have a helping hand regularly? I would take it in a heartbeat. Granted, I’m a huge control freak when it comes to my daughter’s care, so I wouldn’t be able to relinquish much of the decision making when it came to most of her day-to-day care, and I would be super involved and check in all the time and probably drive my hypothetical nanny bonkers. But a peaceful few hours here and there to get some work done, while my daughter was still around and I could check in whenever I wanted? Heck yes.
And it’s really not the baby care that’s the part I’d like to outsource. Diaper changes, bathing, feeding, reading, playing—that’s all stuff I signed up for willingly. It’s the multiple thankless support jobs I could do without. A list:
- Laundry. Laundry. Laundry.
- Disposing of diapers and the diaper trash.
- Changing the impossible-to-change crib sheets.
- Cleaning the sippy cups and all of their ridiculous parts.
- Back in my pumping days, washing all of the pumping paraphernalia.
- Cleaning the highchair tray.
- Cleaning the crumbs and muck in and around the high chair.
- Washing bibs.
- Disinfecting baby toys every now and then.
Hmm. From the appearance of my list, it appears that mostly I’d outsource anything to do with cleaning. That comes as no surprise.
When it comes to baby care, is there anything you’d want to outsource? Would you ever want to have a nanny on hand? —Erin