Nanny Cams – What Every Parent Needs To KnowBy Child Safety Specialist Jan 26 , 2011 | 9:59:59 amPosted in: Child Safety
Returning to work after having a baby is one of the most difficult choices a parent can make. Whether we need to do it for financial reasons or we choose to do it because we are passionate about our career, leaving our baby is never easy.
Adding to the anxiety is finding the right caregiver. Whether it’s a nanny or a daycare situation, this is the person who will be watching your child for a majority of the day and it needs to be the right choice.
One thing I have learned over the years is to take some of the stress off. Unlike your role as a parent, a caregiving situation can always change. If it turns out that daycare is not right for you or your baby, you can always look for a nanny. If your first selection of a nanny doesn’t work out as you anticipated you can immediately start searching for someone new. I know this sounds rather casual and we all dream of finding Mary Poppins, but the reality is those are few and far between.
There are several very good websites that will help you search for the right nanny. Whether you use a service or someone is referred to you, be sure you do a thorough background check. There are many companies on the internet that will conduct background checks.
Once you have hired a nanny, the question of nanny cams comes up. Some people feel it demonstrates a lack of trust but I feel this is ridiculous. No matter how wonderful a person’s references are, this is a total stranger with whom you are entrusting your child’s well-being. Of course you want to check in on them! The next question that arises is whether you tell the nanny that you are using cameras or not. In my opinion, in order to lay the foundation for a successful relationship, full disclosure is required. Just as you will be leaving this person with an entire list of do’s and don’ts, the nanny cams should be considered a part of the job. It isn’t necessary to tell her where the cameras are or how they will be used. No one wants to sit through hours of footage every night to see if she put the baby down at the right time for a nap. What is important is to get a nanny cam or monitoring system that will be activated by motion and/or triggered by some action or inaction. It’s also helpful if this can be viewed from your mobile device and your computer so that you can be alerted immediately.
A monitoring device will not only give you peace of mind but will eliminate any potential for misunderstandings as to job requirements. If the camera shows that your nanny is doing a fabulous job, you might just have found that elusive Mary Poppins after all!
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