Welcoming a little one? Congrats! The thoughts of the welfare of your newborn and managing your own health may be whirling in your mind right now.
Especially for new mums who are experiencing it for the first time, it can be quite exhausting to deal with all the tasks during the postnatal period.
Having an extra pair of hands to whip up nutritious meals and look after your baby can lessen your burden.
A professional confinement nanny can be that extra pair of hands. Here is full hiring and cost guide that you should read.
Why hire a Confinement Nanny in Singapore?
Specialised Infant Care
When you just give birth to your new born, your own postpartum needs will make it difficult for you to take care of the baby.
Babies are vulnerable to many diseases and they need special attention.
Moreover, you may not be aware of some caregiving procedures such as burping, feeding or bathing the baby.
A confinement nanny can show you the ropes in maintaining the well-being of your baby. Their wealth of experience can be beneficial in taking care of your infant’s needs.
Nutritional diet for your recovery
At this stage, you will require proper healthy diet to speed up your recovery period.
Furthermore, a proper nutritional intake will greatly improve the quality of breast milk that is important for your infant’s growth.
It is thus crucial to stick to a healthy diet to ensure you’re getting the best for both you and your baby.
Confinement nannies can whip up tasty, nutrition-rich recipes that will ward off postnatal depression.
They are well trained in cooking special nutritional confinement dishes to help you regain your strength quicker.
Managing a new born coupled with your household chores can be overwhelming, especially during the first month of giving birth.
Having a nanny for clearing your everyday errands will let you spend more time on resting and interacting with your baby.
Your body needs rest after you gave birth and it becomes impossible to take rest unless you have a helping hand to take care of your newborn. A trusted confinement lady can lessen your burden while allowing you to put your feet up and rest for a while.
When you know someone is there to look after your baby, you can have time to rest to regain your strength.
Moreover, you will have someone to talk to while feeling lonely at home. This will give you peace of mind and energy to recover during the postnatal phase.
Getting Quality sleep
Dealing with a new born can make you go through the sleepless nights. As babies usually don’t sleep easily or soundly, you don’t get chance to have a proper sleep.
This is a bit stressful for new moms as they too need to rest to regain their strength. Nannies can help you get some quality sleep by taking care of your baby.
Role of a Confinement Nanny
A confinement lady is capable of many tasks. Look through this list and assigned the relevant tasks to your confinement lady.
- Cook and prepare nutritious confinement meals
- Maternal health care to prevent common diseases of maternity
- Guide to do exercises for physical recovery
- Maternal psychological guidance
- Ensure healthy environment for both mother and baby
- Drying of baby and mummy’s clothes
- Guide mothers on breastfeeding
- Baby bath, bedding, and neonatal care
- Neonatal massage, health care
- Umbilical cord care
- Baby supplies sterilization
- Remind parents about vaccination
- Exercise and cognitive training of baby
- Expose baby to sun
- Daily measurement of the baby’s body temperature
- Regular measurement of infant height and weight
- Household chores like sweeping floor, mopping floor and buying grocery
- Preventive measures of common diseases
- Nursing and observation
When should you start looking for a Confinement Nanny?
You should start looking for a confinement nanny as early as possible. You can even start booking the moment you are aware of your pregnancy.
The ideal time period is to start looking for one 4-6 months prior to your delivery date.
Booking earlier also means that you may need to lay down a deposit, depending on how much the confinement nanny charges.
Confinement period should take about 28 days to 40 days, depending on your body needs. Most people take about 30-day rest for confinement.
How much to pay your Confinement Nanny?
Cost of hiring a confinement nanny may vary depending on your needs.
You can have a nanny for full time or a day/night-time nanny. So, the cost defers depending on how much time you need the nanny service.
There are a few components that add up to the cost of a confinement nanny.
The basic salary of a full-time, stay-in confinement nanny in Singapore is around $2,000 to $5,000 for a typical confinement period of 28 days.
However, more experienced nannies that are well trained may ask for more.
For a part time nanny, you can expect to pay about $25 per hour. You can request the nanny to come in during the day or night time based on your needs.
Two red packets are usually presented to a confinement nanny. One is given on the first day of arrival about $30 to $50. The other is given on the last day of duty about $130-$200. The amount can vary depending on her performance.
Red packets are a token of appreciation for the nanny. It is absolutely optional.
If you are hiring through an agency, check with them whether the red packet amount has been included in the fees.
Extra fee for festival season
Prices also surge during the Chinese New Year period or the end of year holidays due to lower supplies of nannies.
Insurance and work permit
If you are hiring a Malaysian nanny and you are a Singaporean, the work permit costs about $30 for application and $60 per month for levy fee.
If you are hiring a Malaysian nanny and you are NOT a Singaporean, the work permit costs about $30 for application and $265 per month for levy fee.
Check with your nanny whether she has done a medical examination. If not, bring her for a medical check to ensure that your child is in safe hands. Even though it is not compulsory according to MOM, it will be good to send her for a medical checkup.
Insurance is highly encouraged to ensure that accidents are covered for.
It involves the daily expenses such as food and utilities that you need to provide. Work pass application administration fee costs 30, and you may also have to pay for the insurance and medical examination.
Some people may request additional work to be done by the nanny. Here are the frequent requests that may result in additional cost:
- Cooking for the entire family
- Taking care of other older children in the family
- Purchasing Chinese herbs
- Cleaning the house
Where to hire a Confinement Nanny?
There are 4 ways to find a confinement nanny.
First, it’s definitely word-of-mouth. Ask around for good confinement nannies that are trustable, reliable and proficient in their services.
Second, you can search for a few portals online to direct hire a confinement nanny. Here are few portals you can mingle with:
Lastly, you can opt for an agency if you do not want to settle the administrative stuff, paperwork or deal with hiring and qualifying. Then again, you have to look for the right agency that works to your best interest.
You can view our confinement nanny directory to speak to any confinement agency.
How to hire a Confinement Nanny?
Outline expectations and tasks
Before you start looking and hiring a confinement nanny, you should lay out your expectations. Find out which tasks you may need help with and the tasks you would rather do yourself.
Be meticulous with your list. List down the important details of how many times the baby needs a bath or how often the baby should be fed.
You can refer to the list above to help you in this.
Interviewing the nanny or agency
Here is a list of interview questions you can ask the nanny.
Assessing her experience
- How many years of experience do you have?
- What kinds of food will you prepare?
- Do you know how to handle a baby? And how do you do that?
- How do you handle the umbilical cord?
- How do I go about breastfeeding?
- How do I get the baby to latch? Do you know how to help with this?
- How do you handle a baby’s hiccup or spit up?
Clarifying job scope
- Do you do the following activities?
- Taking care of baby at night
- Cooking for the whole family
- Cleaning the house
- Post-natal massaging services
- Shopping for herbs and groceries
- Do you charge extra fees for peak periods?
- What are your hygiene practices?
- What happens if you fall sick and unable to come to work? How will the payment be reduced?
- Is the grocery and herb shopping included in the final fees?
- Have you done your medical check up?
- Do you work on weekends too?
For hiring through an agency, you need to:
Make sure the agency is not too cheap as that might indicate that the service is not that good as well.
Consider whether the agency has a refund policy, and reputation. Also, ask about their policies on replacing nannies and the frequency of medical check-up of the nannies.
Ask the agency what kinds of trainings are provided for the nannies. Trainings can include proper hygiene practices, confinement meal planning and proper bathing of baby.
Apply for confinement nanny work permit
If you are looking to hire a Malaysian nanny to look after your post-pregnancy needs, you will need to apply a work permit for her.
Note that only confinement nannies from Malaysia are allowed. If you hire from any other foreign countries such as China or Philippines, you may be charged under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA).
You, as the employer, are required to apply for and pay a monthly levy.
If you are hiring through an agency, the agency will apply, collect and terminate on your behalf. The monthly levy still will most likely be paid by you.
Agree on a schedule
You are employing a confinement nanny to recover from the stress of labor hence make sure you are able to take rest.
But the confinement nanny also needs to take some rest so it would help if you agree on a schedule of her tasks according to both of your convenience.
Write out a timetable with rules and guidelinesto follow. You can download a sample document here: http://chanlegacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/maid-guidelines.doc
Pay a deposit
Most confinement nannies require a deposit for booking. The deposit costs about $200 to $300, depending on individuals.
If you are hiring freelance confinement nannies, you may want to look for a trusted one (recommended by a friend or a popular one). You want to ensure that your deposit is in good hands.
It will be best to engage an agency as agencies will not cheat you of your deposit.
What is a good confinement nanny?
An optimistic mindset
During confinement, positive attitude is required to cut out the stress. Hence, a caretaker should have a positive attitude all the times.
If the nanny is complaining and rude, it makes even harder to recuperate from the delivery.
As you are going to spend most of the time with the nanny, she needs to be relaxed and friendly. She should have enough patience to alleviate anxiety and create a positive ambiance.
Patience & Care
Patience and nurturing are the two most required qualities of a confinement nanny. So gauge for some skills and qualities of the nanny before saying yes. Does she seem patient and nurturing? Or is she very strict about certain confinement practices and traditions?
Aware of her responsibility
A confinement nanny should be aware of her responsibilities. She should take her duty seriously. Ultimate care to a new mother and their infant should be her priority, and she must be attentive to your needs.
You may find it difficult to communicate with the foreign confinement nannies. So, make sure the nanny you are hiring can understand you.
Otherwise, you may have difficulty when giving instructions.
If you are hiring through an agency, demand to speak to the nanny that the agency is providing so you can get to know her language skills.
Receptive to your needs
The attitude of a confinement nanny also matters the most. Having a conversation can give you a picture of how the service will go.
Ask if she has a child as this would be a bonus point as she has adequate experience in the past with babies. Look for her nature, whether she is fond of children or just doing it as a piece of work.
What if I don’t want to hire a confinement Nanny?
If you do not want to hire a confinement nanny, you should at least arrange for a daily confinement food delivery to your house.
You need to ensure that you are well nourished for good recovery and for good milk flow during breastfeeding.
Postnatal period is a special time for the new moms. It doesn’t matter whether this is your first baby or the third one; you need special care and attention.
It is the time to recuperate and rejuvenate from the delivery phase, and it isn’t easy to recover unless you get enough time and space.
With the helpless newborn demanding the unwavering attention all the time, it is hard to have some rest. You deserve to have peace of mind, relief and restful sleep to get through this challenging phase.
Your happiness is not only crucial for your own but for your baby’s too. A good nanny can be your wonderful support on those first few weeks.
Moreover, you will get more time to witness that big, toothless grin or the first wobbly steps. Enjoy your mommyhood!
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