5 Top Reasons to Hire a Nanny or Babysitter
Like most mother’s we are desperately in need of additional assistance when it comes to the daily care of our newborns, infants, toddlers, and older children. Whether you are a working mom, or a stay at home mom, the demands are non-.stop, and we are the core of our households. Our children, along with spouses depend on us as mother’s to ensure that meals are prepared, or at least picked up, laundry is done, the babies and children have different needs throughout the day, and sometimes things can become overwhelming and crazy.
With that said, there is help out there. The obstacle is in trusting an otherwise stranger to enter your home and get to know your family. That in and of itself can be a challenge for most mothers. First time moms are especially in need of additional help but often either embarrassed, or to proud to ask. Other reasons such as not knowing where to start can complicate the situation.
Below are 5 Good Reasons to Hire a Nanny/Babysitter. I am hoping that in focusing on the benefits and the positive aspects of hiring a nanny or babysitter, mothers who are in need of an extra set of hands for overnight newborn help, sleep training, temporary nannies for the summer, full time permanent nannies, a babysitter for a date night once a month with hubby or even just to have someone help on the weekend for a few hours while you get out. The list below can go a long way in helping a mom be mentally, emotionally, and physically in better health.
1- Sleep Deprivation is real. This is the number one common complaint of new mothers. New mothers are suffering from lack of appropriate sleep which can lead to altered moods, anxiety disorders, indecisiveness, unable to think clearly, unhealthy eating, weight gain, and stress. Sleep is detrimental to our well being, so if you do not get adequate sleep, you are risking your overall health. Consider hiring a night nanny to care for your newborn while you get uninterrupted sleep and recuperate at a faster rate. Once the baby is ready to sleep through the night, many night nannies can offer successful sleep training for the baby as well!
2- Sibling Introduction can be easy the first few days, but can quickly turn into a very sensitive situation with the older sibling(s). Once they notice the attention the new baby demands, jealousy can start to occur. If you have a toddler, you know that they are very sensitive to their surroundings, and are in their most important developmental years. Having enough quality time for the older child(ren) when a new baby is introduced is critical. Hire a nanny or babysitter to come in to your home a couple to few days per week for a while gives you that opportunity to spend quality time with the older child, have a mommy and me day, while the nanny/sitter can care for your newborn.
3- Jack of All Trades is what we as busy moms feel that we are often times. We are required to work inside, and/or outside of the home at times, while our older children are gaining their own identity and social lives. There are many things that happen during working hours, and/or right after work such as sports, activities, ballet, dance, tutoring, and more that we want our children to be a part of regardless of our overworked society. In efforts to not feel stretched too thin, sometimes hiring a part time nanny, or summer nanny, can be the answer you need. This will allow you to accomplish many things, and not leave yourself feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. While our lives are increasingly busy, having another set of hands to help juggle day to day life is becoming more and more popular.
4- Staying Connected with your spouse can also be challenging when running a family. Dad is stretched as well with working long hours, having projects and travel demands. Often times at the end of the day, we end up falling asleep with an open book on our chests and the television watching us. Keeping the fire burning and spicing up our love life becomes even more difficult to accomplish. Prioritizing and scheduling, yes, scheduling date nights, even if just once a week, will help you and dad stay connected. Getting away from your every day environment, having uninterrupted time to be alone is worth every penny of hiring a babysitter to work with your family on a regular basis.
5- Give Yourself, Me Time is one of the most important reasons to hire a nanny or babysitter. We as women naturally put ourselves last on the priority list because we have so many depending on us. Scheduling a weekend morning or early afternoon once in a while to go to the beauty salon, or have your nails done, get a massage, go to the gym, take a yoga class, or even just grocery shopping alone can be a wonderful way to focus on you and your inner self. There is an old saying “happy wife, happy life”. I couldn’t agree more!
If you or someone you know can benefit from having a nanny or babysitter to assist, please feel free to contact us at Metro Parent Relief! We are always here to help!