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January 28, 2013



Hi, how early should we start looking for a nanny? We are expecting twins in June. Probably won't need the nanny until July or Aug. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks


I really loved reading this and I could totally relate to your experience in finding a nanny. My experience was quite similar. I had a million questions I wanted to ask but in hindsight it came down to the 9 important things you outlined. Believe it or not, that is exactly how I found a nanny for my 20 month old, at the time, daughter. We have a great nanny whom my daughter adores and I am always sharing my experience and tips with friends and acquaintances who are interested in finding a nanny but they are afraid or do not know how to get started. Great article, thanks for sharing! It feels good knowing I was not going overboard in screening candidates.

Miriam Salas

Re: 95 applicants - it's due to the economy, to the lack of jobs. People are looking for work(!) and they turn to areas which they wouldn't have previously. Here in Chicago I posted an ad for a relatively few hours ( while grand babies were in town for the holidays) and was overwhelmed by the response.


Hi all - Thanks for the comments.

Taira, I'd recommend a 2 month lead time to find a nanny. You can always post a job once you get the babies home and then start reviewing/responding to applications as you get time. You may also consider having the nanny start a little before you go back to work so that you can train her and get comfortable with her. Good luck!


Mickey Mixon

This is so helpful for parents out there.

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