Stress Free Baby Travel Blog

You’ve just had a baby, but you have a serious case of cabin fever and desperately need a holiday.

Do you take your nanny, hire one temporarily, or find a resort with qualified childminders?

Let’s weigh up the pros and cons.

Whilst most will agree that having a baby is a special, memorable experience, the series of sleepless nights and long, intensive days that follow can be exhausting and leave new moms wishing for some time out.  If a family holiday sounds like a good idea, who tags along matters a lot more now than it did in your pre baby vacation days.

A Helping Hand

Travelling with a baby will change the nature of the holidays, says Joburg-based psychologist, Laura Cook.  Babies have their own needs that have to be taken into consideration. For instance, your baby’s nap times may not coincide with your planned outings, and long days trips may be out of the question.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra pair of hands on board to help with the day to day tasks of feeding and baby-sitting?  Here’s a few options to consider:-

Option 1

Hiring a temporary nanny

If you are looking for short term help, your best bet is to hire someone with good hands on experience with babies and a reputable list of references, says Paula Robert, owner of a Joburg agency that provides placements and rolls out monthly childcare, stimulation, first aid and cpr training for nannies / au pairs and for new moms.  “Going through an agency is a great option as I allows you to interview a few candidates before choosing someone with the qualities you’re after.” She says.  However, hiring someone for a  short time only could mean that your baby may not feel comfortable being left with her for too long, causing unnecessary stress.

Option 2

Taking your own nanny along

If you plan to take your existing nanny, discuss your expectations upfront, says Paula.  If you plan on leaving your baby with her for most of the day, so that you can relax, let her know beforehand so that she doesn’t expect too much time off.  However, if you simply need an extra pair of hands to help you with the daily tasks, then consider drawing up a daily schedule so that you are both on the same page.  It is also customary to provide your nanny with travel expenses, food and a separate room, which can be costly, so plan this in advance.

Option 3

Choosing a child-friendly resort

If you don’t like the idea of travelling with your nanny, many holiday destinations around the world cater for families with babies and young children.  For instance, if you stay at a Club Med Resort, you will have special check in times, plus a choice of top notch baby gear rentals, babysitter services and kids club.  “We take childcare seriously and all of our resorts have qualified childminders, trained in everything from CPR to Early Childhood Development, to look after babies from four months to two years of age, free of charge.” Says Lesego Matabane, marketing manager of Club Med.  “So whether you leave your baby for the whole day or just an hour or two, you can relax in the knowledge that your child will be well looked after and stimulated with various activities,” she adds.  Babysitting services are offered at all Beachcomber resorts, whether of ran evening or for a whole day.  You can also opt to have one babysitter for your family for your entire stay..  Lux reports also have babysitting at most of their resorts.

Qualities to look for in a childminder

Patience – Nannies often assume many of the responsibilities of a parent and much remain calm, cool and collected at all times

Energy – Your nanny should have a clean bill of health and the energy required to meet the demands of caring for a little one.

Kindness – Nannies should enjoy being with children, and have a pleasant demeanour.  A harsh attitude or short temper wont work in this role.

A sense of responsibility – As professional caregivers, nannies are responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of your child.  Theis means being mindful of time, sticking to schedules and making sure tasks are completed. 

Questions to ask in an interview.

How many years of experience do you have?

How old were the children that you looked after?

Do you  have any formal Early Childhood Development training?

Do you have First Aid and CPR training?

How do you comfort children?

How would you deal with separation anxiety?

What are your favourite stimulation activities?

Why did you leave your last position?

Courtesy Paula Robert – Edubabe

Written by Tammy Jacks

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