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Written by The Twin Source


  1. Confer with your partner. Prior to conducting interviews, running background checks, and signing a contract, you and your partner should sit down and discuss and agree on the following:
  • The type of nanny you want. One who is strict and diligent or easygoing and carefree?
  • How you want the nanny to care for your children and participate in their lives. For example, do you want her (or him!) to log the twins’ activities and meals?
  • The hourly rate that you can afford comfortably in your household budget.
  • The nanny’s schedule. What time will the nanny arrive and depart, and which one of you will greet her in the morning and meet her at the end of the day?

  1. Search thoroughly. Websites like sittercity.com can help you find a nanny. But no matter how you choose to search, sort through the applications carefully. We highly recommend background checks and a thorough list and check of references.

  1. Interview together. We believe it is important for both you and your partner to make the time to interview each potential nanny together. That way, you can both get a sense of each candidate and afterward you can discuss the applicants’ strengths and weaknesses together. It also prevents a situation where one parent feels all the pressure of making such an important decision about the care and well-being of your children.

  1. Have a great contract. Once you have decided on the nanny you want and are ready to make an offer, provide a detailed contract. Make sure the person understands the ins and outs of the entire contract. Check out The Twin Source’s Sample Nanny Contract for more ideas and information.

  1. Spend a full week on dedicated training. We recommend having a full week of training prior to your nanny’s actual hire date so that both you and your nanny feel completely comfortable when the official first day arrives. For one week, have the nanny come to your home while you are there. Not only will you be able to observe your nanny and how she (or he!) will work with you and care for the twins, but the nanny will also be able to observe and properly learn from you. We recommend a five-day sliding approach:
  • Day 1: Nanny observes you. Your new nanny arrives at the time you set and follows you through the course of your day.
  • Day 2: You follow the nanny. Let the nanny show you everything she learned from watching you the day before. You play the coach and encourager.
  • Day 3: Leave the house for an hour while the twins are awake. This will allow you to tackle your own separation anxiety in a manageable way. You could run an errand, have lunch with a friend, or go get a pedicure!
  • Day 4: Leave the house for the first half of the day. That’s right: Head out for three hours or so. When you return, perhaps make lunch with your nanny and ask her to fill you in on how it went and if she has any questions.
  • Day 5: Leave the house for the afternoon. Greet your nanny in the morning and go over any items in question. Leave for a few hours when you are comfortable, returning about half an hour before the nanny’s departure time to discuss any final items prior to her first official full day.

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