There is something comforting about knowing your child is at home with a trusted caregiver whose attention is devoted to them. Alas, the cost of a nanny puts this option out of reach for many families and instead, daycares fill up and wait lists get longer. Sharing a nanny with another family is the perfect solution - your little one is still in a home setting with a devoted caregiver, just now shared with another family. Here are some of the benefits I loved from my experiences with nannies over daycare:
Daycare ratios of children to caregiver vary by age of children but are much higher than one on one or even one caregiver to two children.
Knowing who is taking care of your little one all day when you're not there is such a calming, comforting feeling that allows you to go tackle whatever it is your day holds.
Limited exposure to other children means limited exposure to anything they can share with your child (and I'm not talking about learning to share toys...)
After my second child, I scoured websites, craigslist ads, sites to hire babysitters/nannies, neighborhood email lists to see if I could find a family that preferred a nanny share over daycare. It took multiple days and countless hours but I eventually managed to connect with some families to see if a nanny share could work for us. Once connected, the rest was easy... logistics of when (M-F 9am-5pm) and where (my house or yours?) were simple. Finding potential nannies was even easier with sites like care.com or references from friends.
I decided if I could alleviate the stress and cut down on the time it took me to find a family to start a nanny share, it would be worth every penny and every second to help another family. Here's to hoping you and yours connect with a family that makes kissing your little one goodbye on Monday morning as sweet as kissing them goodnight at bedtime.