Working parents with only one child often think that engaging a full-time nanny is excessive, opting instead for daycare or other childcare options. There are, however, many reasons why a nanny is ideal for only-child households; here are 10 of them:
- Providing Undivided Attention – Entering daycare can be quite bewildering for a small child, especially for children who have no siblings; without siblings to share the experience with and provide a familiar face, the confusion could be quite stressful. A nanny will be able to provide an only child with the one-on-one attention they’re accustomed to, rather than thrusting them into the chaos of big-box daycare, where dozens of children’s needs must be met.
- Preventing Illnesses – It’s no secret that daycare centers are the source of many a sniffle and cough for children, which are often then passed on to parents. Though children will eventually go to school and be exposed to germs, their immune systems may be stronger and their habits certainly more healthy. In the meantime, opting for in-home care can keep those bacteria and viruses at bay for a bit longer.
- Working on Milestones – Potty training, walking and developing verbal skills are all major milestones in a child’s life that require attention and coaching from supportive adults. In daycare centers with several children, overworked providers are often unable to dedicate the time and attention to coaching and assistance, making it more difficult for kids to master them.
- Keeping Kids in a Familiar Environment – Nannies and other childcare options are usually considered when a parent re-enters the workforce after taking time off to care for an infant; if that break from outside employment extends into toddlerhood and pre-k years, this transition can be difficult for little ones. By opting for in-home care from an experienced nanny, your child will remain in a familiar environment and avoid the stress of daycare, which could be compounded by the loss of their established routine.
- Outings – Taking a family of five kids to the zoo can be a bit daunting, even for seasoned nannies. With only one child, the possibilities for exciting and educational outings are nearly endless.
- Providing Organization and Scheduling – Today’s kids are scheduled more heavily than any other generation; with so many activities and events to keep track of, working parents can find themselves in a struggle to stay on top of it all. With only one charge, a nanny can do wonders with the scheduling and organization that many families could benefit from.
- The Daily Rundown – A parent who is accustomed to being in the house when their child returns home to share the events of their day can feel a bit out of touch when they re-enter the workforce and lose that interaction. Nannies, however, can give parents a brief update at the end of each workday, helping to foster a connection between parent and child.
- Keeping Up With Dietary Restrictions – Large childcare centers can have trouble keeping up with food allergies and other dietary restrictions; with only one child in their care and detailed instructions, nannies can carefully monitor your child’s diet and screen out any triggering foods.
- Understanding and Meeting Special Needs – Kids with behavioral disorders or special needs are likely to do much better under the care of an experienced nanny than in a daycare center, which may not be able to meet the demands of a special needs child.
- Adhering To a Routine – Maintaining a routine is important for all children, but can be especially important for only children who are accustomed to being under the care of a parent. In order to keep changes to their normal schedule to a minimum, introducing a nanny might be the best option.
Making the transition from a stay-at-home parent household to one with both parents working outside the home can be a difficult one for many only children; engaging a nanny can help to smooth that transition as much as possible.