Top 5 characteristics of a good nanny and how to get one

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When you think of nannies, you probably think of nanny extraordinaire, Mary Poppins. As much as we would all love her to give our own children a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, she can’t help all of the families in the world.

Before you fret, we have good news. You don’t need Mary Poppins. There are a lot of amazing and talented nannies out there that haven’t graced the big screen. But what characteristics, other than a magical umbrella, should a nanny be blessed with?

Loves children

This shouldn’t come as any surprise, but a good nanny should love being in the company of children. The majority of his/her day has very little adult interaction and is mostly consumed by time with kids. If you have a nanny that doesn’t enjoy children all that much, they aren’t the nanny for you.

Safety advocate

Safety should come first and foremost when your nanny is on duty. Adventurous children can end up in a lot of precarious situations if their caretaker doesn’t have safety on the brain. Your nanny should also be CPR certified.

Communication aficionado

A nanny doesn’t just have to communicate with adults; they also have to communicate with children.  A good nanny should be able to relay and receive information from people of all ages. As a parent, you are going to want information about your children, and you will want your nanny to understand your requirements and wants for your children. Your nanny should also receive and expect feedback from you.

The double R

Reliability and responsibility are two traits that should be at your nanny’s core. You’re a busy person, and you have hired a nanny to care for your children while you focus on the tasks at hand. You need a nanny that you can rely on, not one that calls in or skips work regularly. Since your nanny will be caring for your children, it is also pertinent that they are responsible and capable of providing proper childcare.

Personality match

A personality is more than their attitude. It is important to know that their personality traits and strengths match that of a caretaker.  One thing to keep in mind is that skills can be learned, but the right personality traits last forever.


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Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager