4 Nanny Myths That You Shouldn’t Believe

Nanny and Baby Sitting on Floor Playing with Wooden Blocks

Finding someone to care for your child may be difficult for you since there are many things to consider. On top of that, there are so many different nanny services in Orange County to choose from, which can make it even more overwhelming. If you don’t know what to look for, get started on learning about the four of the most common myths.

Myth #1: Nannies Are Glorified Babysitters

A common misconception about nannies is that they do the same thing as a babysitter but just have a different title. A babysitter generally watches the children for just a few hours a day or throughout the week and often doesn’t have a set schedule. A nanny often lives with the family to better provide service to the entire family. That means that the nanny will supervise and care for the children and provide additional learning experiences as well. Nannies are a consistent part of the child’s life, so they have a close relationship with both the children and the parents. They help pass along information from school and other activities and play an important role in the child developing life skills. Many live-in nannies provide some housework for the family as well and may help with other tasks as directed by the parent. 

Myth #2: Only Wealthy People Can Afford Nannies

Nannies may be portrayed in Hollywood as something only the wealthy can afford, but that simply isn’t true. The cost of daycare and the cost of a nanny actually isn’t as different as many people assume. Nanny services may cost just as much as paying for daycare. In addition, the money spent on a nanny can actually be considered an investment because you’re providing stable, individualized care and learning experiences in the home. If money is tight, nannies are usually flexible and can work within your budget by adjusting hours or responsibilities so that it’s something you can afford.

Nanny Feeding Baby Apple Sauce

Myth #3: Nannying Isn’t a Real Job

There’s also a common assumption that nannies don’t have to work hard and that they mostly just play or relax while children sleep. While nannies do often get to enjoy fun activities with the children, these activities take a lot of planning, preparation, and vigilance during the activity to keep the child safe. They’re responsible for making sure every need is met: diaper changes, changing clothes, meals, snacks, laundry, naptime, bedtime routine, and more. Being a nanny is a difficult job and the majority of nannies have spent years gaining education and/or experience that makes them better suited to the job. Most nannies make this profession a career choice because it’s very rewarding, and there’s always a need. It takes a lot of patience and a strong work ethic to be successful at nannying.

Myth #4: Nannies Harm a Child’s Social Skills

Finally, some people assume that having a nanny will affect a child’s relationship with the parents or make it difficult for children to socialize with other children. The nanny’s job is to help parents raise children with the parents, not replace the parents. In addition, a good nanny will provide opportunities for socializing with other children so the child will grow up knowing how to make friends and socialize. 

To learn more about nannies or to find an Orange County nanny, contact OC Home & Family today.

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