I have a great nanny for our year and a half year old son. I’m expecting and I plan to give her an increase once the baby arrives. How should I handle the time while I’m on maternity leave? I’ll be home for three months so we would share the work.
I'd say that if you have a great nanny, and you want her to stay with your family after the new baby, you should keep her pay stable while you're on maternity leave -- and give her the bonus once you go back to work.
As you know, the new baby will not be easy, and her being there to take care of your older child will allow you to get your rest, bond with the new baby, and also bond one-on-one with your toddler (while she watches the baby for an hour or so). This will get you to really make the most of your maternity leave and make sure everyone is adjusting well to the change.
But if you're considering limiting her pay while you're home, you would be hurting her overall depended-on income, and might force her to look for a new job.
Good luck -- and Congratulations!