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5 Tips for Hiring Your Perfect Nanny

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:
  1. Search thoroughly. Websites like 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:
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