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Getting sufficient rest can do wonders for your postpartum body. For starters, it enhances your post-natal healing, helping you get better faster. It can also help with boosting your body’s ability to produce sufficient breastmilk for bubba.
Unfortunately, right after giving birth, getting rest can be difficult as you’ll be at your kewpie’s beck and call. For many new parents, that’s where confinement nannies come in. Whether you’re receptive to traditional Chinese confinement practices like having herbal tonics to boost your postpartum healing or not, having an extra pair of — not to mention, experienced — hands to help you with baby care lets you prioritise your body’s needs at least for the month after baby’s birth. The basic responsibilities of a nanny include:
· Offering around-the-clock care for you and your little one,
· Completing the laundry for you and bubba,
· Whipping up nourishing confinement meals,
· Grocery shopping,
· Giving you crucial support on your breastfeeding journey,
· Simple household chores like sweeping or mopping.
While some of your mummy-pals may have gotten their confinement ladies through word-of-mouth recommendations, getting a nanny from an agency means you’re able to seek redress in the case of an incompatible nanny. Most of these agencies also assess their nannies to ensure they are trained and experienced.
Most confinement agencies recruit potential care-givers from Malaysia and the majority of them are Chinese, too. If you’re worried about communicating with them, we’ve got some handy tips for you in this guide.
If you do find a nanny who’s a suitable fit for your family, most agencies offer you the choice to extend the nanny’s stay. Besides offering the standard stay-in period of 28-days, some offer 35 and even 42 day options. Scroll through our list of great service providers…
Do note that the prices on this list exclude miscellaneous fees, including:
· Government levy ($55 for a Singaporean family; $245 for an expatriate family)
· Work permit and administrative fees
· The budget for grocery shopping,
· The token red packets given at the beginning and end of the nanny’s term of service (On average it should be about $30 at the beginning; $50 at the end, or it may be dependent on your appraisal of the nanny’s service)
· Goods and Services Tax (7%)
· Public holiday surcharge (Prices tend to be higher around the Lunar New Year Holiday)
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