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How To Ease The Transition As Your Maternity Leave Ends

As the end of maternity leave approaches, many parents face the emotional and logistical challenges of returning to work and finding the right childcare solution for their baby. Introducing a new nanny to your child is a significant transition, but with thoughtful preparation, you can make this change smoother and more comfortable for everyone involved. Here are some strategies to help ease this transition period.

1. Start the Search Early

Begin looking for a nanny well before your maternity leave ends. This gives you ample time to conduct interviews, check references, and ensure the nanny is a good fit for your family’s needs. Look for someone who shares your parenting philosophies, has experience with children of a similar age, and demonstrates warmth, professionalism, and a genuine interest in your child’s development.

2. Gradual Introduction

Once you’ve selected a nanny, introduce them to your child gradually. Start with short visits while you’re still at home, allowing your baby to get accustomed to the nanny’s presence with the comfort of knowing you’re nearby. Gradually increase the time the nanny spends with your child, including feeding, playtime, and nap routines, to help build a bond and establish a sense of trust and familiarity.

3. Create a Comfortable Environment

For the initial few days or weeks, create a comfortable environment for both the nanny and your child. Leave detailed notes about your child’s routines, preferences, and any special instructions to ensure the nanny feels equipped to provide the best care. Being organized and clear about your expectations can help the nanny feel more confident and reduce any anxiety you may feel about leaving your child.

4. Open Communication

Maintain open lines of communication with your nanny. Encourage them to share updates, concerns, and milestones about your child’s day. Regular check-ins can help you feel connected to your child’s daily activities and reassure you that their needs are being met. Consider setting up a daily log or using an app designed for parents and caregivers to share information about feeding, sleeping, and activities.

5. Spend Quality Time

When you are home, focus on spending quality one-on-one time with your child. This helps reinforce your bond and provides the reassurance that your love and presence in their life remain constant, despite the new changes. Engage in activities your child enjoys and ensure they feel loved and secure.

6. Self-Care

Returning to work and adjusting to a new routine can be emotionally and physically draining. Remember to take care of yourself during this transition. Whether it’s finding time for exercise, reading, or spending time with friends, self-care is crucial for maintaining your well-being and being the best parent you can be.

7. Be Patient and Flexible

Every child reacts differently to new caregivers and routines. Some may adjust quickly, while others may take longer. Be patient and allow your child and the nanny time to develop their relationship. Flexibility is key; be prepared to make adjustments based on what works best for your child and the nanny.

Introducing a new nanny as you prepare to return to work after maternity leave is a significant transition for your family. By starting the search early, gradually introducing the nanny, maintaining open communication, and focusing on quality time, you can help ease this transition. Remember, it’s normal to feel a mix of emotions during this time. With patience, preparation, and support, you and your child can navigate this change successfully, establishing a positive and nurturing relationship with your new nanny.

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# CT5400 – Seeking a part-time nanny in Chatham, NJ.

Job Offer

Location: Chatham, NJ

Start date: ASAP

Days: Monday to Thursday

Hours: 1pm-6pm or 2pm-7pm 

Salary: $30hr

Children: 12 year old twins

Benefits: 2 weeks paid vacation, sick days, mileage reimbursement, 20 guaranteed hours per week. 

Duties and responsibilities

Plan and prepare nutritious meals and snacks

Engage, play and connect with the children

Light housework

Monitor the children’s activities, assist with homework, and create a secure and fun environment

Requirements

Willing to commit long-term

Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license 

Clean driving record 

Legally authorized to work in the US

Covid-19 vaccinated

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form

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*Closed* New Weekend Position in Englewood, NJ.

Job Description

Reference # EW2345
Location: Englewood, NJ
Start date: ASAP
Days: Saturday and Sunday
Hours: 8AM-7PM
Salary: $28hr-$30hr
Children:: 1, 2, 5 and 3 years old

Duties and responsibilities
Assistance with meal prep and light housework
Creating an engaging and stimulating environment, meal preparation, children’s laundry, and daily outdoor time
Adjust to evolving schedules as the children get older
Assistance with bath and bedtime

Requirements
Knowledge of Kosher a plus but not required
Up to date with TDAP/Flu shots
Vaccinated against Covid-19 (+ booster)
Willing to commit long-term
No driving required

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form

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*FILLED* Full time nanny share in Verona, NJ.

Reference # VN9090

Job description : Full-time and live-out

Start date: 1/1/2024

Location: Verona, New Jersey

Employment contract: Long-term contract

Working days: Monday to Friday

Working Hours: 

Monday/Friday 8am to 6pm (care for both infants)

Tues/Wed/Thurs 8am to 4:30pm (care for one infant only)

Children: 4 and 5 months old 

Salary: 

Rate per hour for one child: $30hr

Rate per hour for two children: $35hr

Benefits: 2 weeks paid vacation, paid federal holidays, 5 paid sick/personal days, 45.5 guaranteed hours per week, overtime, health benefits 

Candidate duties and responsibilities

Assistance with light housework related to the infants

Support the children’s developmental milestones through age-appropriate play and educational activities 

Bottle preparation/sanitation and introduction/preparation of solid foods

Engage babies in learning and exploration via books, songs, and play

Responsible for all infant related care

Requirements

A minimum of 5 years of newborn care experience 

Valid driver’s license

Clean driving record 

Willing to be paid on the books 

Willing to commit long term

Nonsmoker

Pet friendly (cat)

Legally authorized to work in the US

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form

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*filled* Seeking a Weekend Nanny in Old Tappan, NJ.

Reference # OT5678

Job description: Weekend Nanny
Start date: ASAP
Location: Old Tappan, New Jersey
Employment contract: Long-term contract
Working days: Saturday and Sunday
Working Hours: 12pm to 8pm OR 3pm to midnight
Children: 4 and 8 year old
Salary: $28-$30hr

Candidate duties and responsibilities
Provide care for both children, including ensuring their safety, educational activities, arts and crafts and outside time
Assistance with meal prep and light housework
Let the dog out into the yard
Driving children (family will provide vehicle)
Running errands for family and children

Requirements
A minimum of 5 years of nanny paid experience
Valid driver’s license
Clean driving record and strong driver
Ok with light housework
Vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19
Pet friendly

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form

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*FILLED* New Part-time and Live-Out Position in Chatham, NJ.

Job Offer

Reference # CH2555

Job description : Part-time and live-out

Start date: ASAP

Location: Chatham, NJ

Employment contract: Long-term contract

Working days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Working Hours: 2pm to 7pm

Children: 9, 11, 11, 14 years old

Salary: $30hr

Benefits: Paid vacation, sick days, overtime, mileage reimbursement, guaranteed hours. 

Candidate duties and responsibilities

Assistance with meal prep and light housework

Driving children 

Running errands for family

Help manage the children’s activities 

Requirements

A minimum of 5 years of nanny paid experience

Valid driver’s license

Clean driving record and strong driver

Ok with light housework

Pet friendly

Bilingual in spanish a plus but not required

Special needs experience a plus but not required

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form

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*FILLED* New Temporary and Part-time Nanny/Caregiver Position in Verona, NJ.

Job Offer

Reference # VN7657

Job description : Part-time and live-out

Start date: October 2nd

Location: Verona, New Jersey

Employment contract: Short-term contract (October 2nd to December 21st)

Working days: Monday to Thursday 

Working Hours: 10am to 4pm (6am start 4x per month)

Child: 2 month old baby

Salary: $25-$30hr

Benefits: 20 guaranteed hours per week 

Candidate duties and responsibilities

Assistance with nap time

Feeding baby

Assist with baby’s laundry (including wash/dry and organize in nursery)

Engaging baby in developmentally appropriate activities such as tummy time

Requirements 

A minimum of 3 years of nanny paid experience 

Pet friendly 

Ok with light housework

Weekend availability a plus

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form

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*FILLED* Seeking a Full-Time Nanny/Caregiver in Charlotte, NC.

Job Offer

Reference #NC9090

Job description : Full-time and live-out

Start date: September 11th

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Employment contract: Long-term contract

Working days: Monday to Friday

Working Hours: Monday to Thursday 8 am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 5pm

Children: 9, 7, 3 and 18 months

Salary: $64,000 annual gross salary

Benefits: PTO

Candidate duties and responsibilities
Provide care for both children, including ensuring their safety, educational activities, arts and crafts and outside
time
Assistance with meal prep, kids lunches and light housework
Assistance with nap time
Driving children (family provides vehicle)

Requirements

A minimum of 3 years of nanny paid experience

Valid driver’s license

Clean driving record and strong driver

Ok with light housework

Willing to be paid on the books

Bilingual in Spanish

Overnights and weekend flexibility a plus but not required

Strong swimmer

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form

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*FILLED* Seeking a temporary nanny/caregiver in Mount Tabor, NJ. 

Reference #MT4565

Job description : Temporary (September/October with possibility to extend until June)

Start date: Mid-September

Location: Mount Tabor, New Jersey

Employment contract: Short-term contract

Working days: Monday to Friday

Working Hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm 

Child: Newborn baby

Salary: $20-$30hr

Benefits: 40 hrs guaranteed per week, paid overtime

Candidate duties and responsibilities

All childcare related responsibilities such as feeding, changing diapers and assistance with nap time

Engaging baby in developmentally and age appropriate activities

Bottle washing and sterilizing 

Baby’s laundry 

Play time and reading books

Going out for walks in the stroller 

Light housework including load/unload dishwasher. baby’s laundry, vacuuming

Requirements 

A minimum of 3 years of nanny paid experience 

Covid-19 vaccinated 

Up to date with TDAP and Flu shots

Pet friendly (family has one small dog)

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form

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*Closed* Temporary Full-Time LIVE – IN Position Summit, NJ.

Job Offer

Job description : Temporary Live-in. – 6 months (option to extend).

Start date: Mid-September

Location: Summit, New Jersey

Employment contract: Short-term contract

Working days: 4 days per week (possibility to do 5)

Working Hours: 8/8:30am to 5/5:30pm (flexibility to stay past 6pm if needed). 

Children: 5 month old

Salary: $22-$25hr

Benefits: 5 paid federal holidays, 5 paid sick days, 40 hrs guaranteed per week


Candidate duties and responsibilities

All childcare related responsibilities such as feeding, changing diapers and nap time

Driving child to activities (family can provide vehicle if needed)

Introducing solids 

Engaging baby in developmentally and age appropriate activities

Assistance with light housework 

Organizing playdates 

Requirements 

A minimum of 3 years of nanny paid experience 

Driving preferred but not required 

Ok with light housework 

Vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19

Up to date with TDAP and Flu shots

Mandarin or Tagalog speaker a plus but not required 

Pet friendly (family has one cat)

Apply by filling out the Candidate Form