Ten Steps to Finding the Perfect Nanny: Part 1

Finding a nanny is a little like finding a husband. It's all about chemistry and you have to be patient and willing to wait for the right person to come along. It's also one of the most nerve-wracking things you will do as a parent. Many of you contacted me to say how helpful my post on the nanny tax was and wanted to know how I chose my nanny. This post is for you.


When making the decision to hire a nanny you may have in mind a cross between Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee. Or perhaps you envision a sweet woman in her fifties named Olga who knows how to cure childhood ailments with home remedies, teaches your child French and flawless table manners. The reality is that nannies come from a variety of backgrounds and there is no one "ideal" -- only someone who is the right match for your family. We've had our nanny Eva, since D2 was three months old. He adores her. We adore her. And I feel very blessed to have found someone who cares as much for my son as I do. I started my search for a nanny while I was out on maternity leave and the stress of recovering from a C-section and trying to find someone just a few short months before going back to work  was nearly too much for me. Looking back there was so much I wish I had known. If you are serious about hiring a nanny, here are a few tips to get you started: more after the jump

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