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What are the basics for training your new nanny?

In the beginning sit down with your nanny and establish guidelines for the working relationship. Be direct and concise about expectations. Remember that a successful and honest partnership between nanny and parents is important for the care and comfort of the baby.

When you and baby arrive home, encourage your nanny to spend time with you and the baby. Show her how to change the nappy, what creams to use and how and when you like the nappy to be changed. After she has observed a few times, let her do it with you present. Then show her how to put the baby to sleep, being specific about calming techniques that you wish her to use such as rocking, dummies or swaddling. If you are not breast feeding the baby, teach the nanny how to feed the baby. Be sure to include how to sterilise the bottles, the quantities of formula and be specific about when the baby must be fed.
When you are satisfied that she has the basics down and is doing them the way you like, spend time with her planning the daily routine making a schedule for house work, baby feeding, sleep and play time. Establishing a routine is important because it provides security for your child and also gives the nanny time to do get on with the house work.

A nanny log (or a notebook) can provide a means for a good communication link between parents and nanny. Notes may be jotted down about daily occurrences, both good and bad. Also, the nanny will also be able to write down any questions she may have and the parents may also write down instructions or other information as needed on a daily basis.

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