The Nanny Diaries

When I graduated early from high school, I shadowed a midwife but also became a nanny to newborn twins (2 weeks old!!!!) that lived nearby. It was the best decision I’ve made in my whole life, ever. We’ll call these two boys the A Babies. I stayed with the A babies and their two older siblings until they turned one, and I only left because I had to do the whole college thing. When their mom sometimes jokes and asks me to just be their nanny forever, I sometimes actually consider it. My favorite thing was watching the babies grow up; I was there for so many firsts. I left their house everyday having learned something new about what it means to be a mom and take care of babies. Everyone told me before I watched the twins that I was crazy for wishing for multiples when I was older and married. Everyone told me when I started watching the twins that I would realize how much work it takes and change my mind. But the opposite happened. I fell so, SO in love with watching these two babies play and learn with each other. I might not be the lucky one in the family that has twins, but I’ll always want to have babies close together so they have the friendship that I saw between these two babies. Rambling. Sorry.

Anywaysss, when I moved away from my first nannying job and into college, I accepted a weekly job that also involved twins – the B Babies. I was SO excited. I just went over once a week to watch the babies while their mom took a long shower, went for a walk, or went to the grocery store. I was right back in my element. I LOVED watching these twins, just as I had before with the A Babies.

Eventually, my time with the B Babies was done and they got a lot older, so I stopped nannying for a while, and I was so sad. I just felt like a piece of me was missing. While I watched the A Babies, I was struggling with friendship and the fact that I had left high school. They made me SO happy and I talked to them all day. They were the best listeners. Am I crazy for telling two 6 months olds about girl drama? No, I am not. Its totally normal. While I watched the B Babies, I was adjusting to a new school and bigger classes. They heard me talk about that. Crazy? No. Did they love my talks? Yes. I swear.

I’m now back into nannying with a new family and my heart is sooooo happy. I love watching babies and kids figure themselves out and figure out the world around them. I love watching them try something new and then getting it right, but I also love the determination I see when something doesn’t work out and they get up to try again.

Here are some things that nannying has taught me over the course of about three years – and with all kids of all ages. You’d be surprised to know that there are many valuable lessons you can take away from blubbering to a newborn that can’t even see you when you’re like 6 inches away from his face.

19 THINGS IVE LEARNED FROM BEING A NANNY

  1. With three year olds, don’t ask. Tell. Nicely.
  2. Its never too early for Barney and a music concert.
  3. Early as in, like, before 7am.
  4. When they tell you they have to go potty, they mean RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND!!!!
  5. Your social life is… well, what social life?
  6. That’s NOT a bad thing though, because your days are spent full of giggles and thank yous and cool toys and dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets.
  7. If you don’t respond to a text on any given day, your friends and family just assume you’re with babies.
  8. Using the bathroom? Forget about it.
  9. Time out is sooooOOoo000 a thing and its magical and sent from the heavens. Just because I’m okay with time out doesn’t mean I overuse it, though. I just appreciate it when the time is necessary.
  10. When you hear a baby fall, don’t. Make. Eye. Contact. And it’ll all be fine. Nobody saw anyyyything.
  11. Already cooked chicken nuggets take approximately 48 seconds to heat up via microwave. Any longer than those 48 seconds and you’ll have some mad baby tears.
  12. Always carry an extra pacifier. Always.
  13. Accept the fact you’re going to know every kids song that has ever been sung in the whole entire world in the whole entire history of time.
  14. Also accept the fact that there is always ONE song that’s going to be sung about 8,973 times in one day. I mean, hey, at least you’ll know all of the words to Wheels on the Bus by the time you leave. That’s a real standout to add to your resume, amirite?
  15. Also remember to turn off your kid voice when you’re not around people under 4 feet tall and the age of like, 6. I whipped out Princess Ariel once when I was hanging out with my boyfriend and I got a really freaked out look and a, “Can you talk normal now please?”
  16. Clorox wipes are the greatest invention known to man.
  17. So are washable markers.
  18. 2 choices: either you do it by yourself or I will do it.
  19. Do NOT put your hair up or change your appearance drastically. Major no no. Once, I put my hair in a bun because we were using finger paint, and the 3 year old looked at me and said, “Um, no. You don’t look right.” Leave it to a 3 year old to tell you that you ain’t shit.

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  • cye

    I’m a nanny to my 2 babies and I’m proud I endured. All nannies and mommies should read this.

    • Savannah

      Wow, thank you so much for this comment! I really appreciate it. Hope you had a great Monday!

  • Love these! I’ve always wondered how I’d like nannying! I lived teaching preschool but 1 on 1 (or 1 on 2 😉 ) would be better!

    • Savannah

      I’ve always wanted to work part time at a daycare or something since I love being around babies and kids so much. Thanks so much for commenting!

  • Mikayla

    I have never been a nanny, but I babysit often. Definitely good tips to keep in mind!
    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    • Savannah

      I started babysitting and then got asked to be part time with a family! The A Babies :] If you eventually want to nanny for a job on the side, babysitting is a great place to start!

      Happy Monday!

  • Cute! Good things to remember when/if you decide to start a family.

    • Savannah

      Thanks for commenting! Hope you’ve had a good day so far.

  • It sounds like you’re SUCH a good nanny! I’m not super great with babies (even my own–I was so ready for her to get into the toddler stage), so I never considered nannying myself. A good nanny can shape a child’s life in amazing ways!

    • Savannah

      Thank you so much!! I love toddlers too! They’re so sweet and so fun.

  • Awesome post! I’ve been a nanny for about five years now and love it. I’ve learned so much in the last 5 years. It can so exhausting but so rewarding at the same time haha

    • Savannah

      Wow, 5 years! That’s awesome. It is definitely exhausting, but I love every second. Its such a rare job too; I don’t know anybody else that does it!

  • I love that you are passionate about nannying! Takes a special person 🙂

    • Savannah

      Thank you so much! Hope you’re having a great week :]

  • These are great tips- and this post really makes me miss being a nanny! I also was a nanny for twins with I was in college, and I just adored them. I am around babies during my job, but it’s not the same. Thanks for sharing your learnings 🙂

    • Savannah

      I LOVE twins so much. My favorite thing about the A Babies was watching them discover each other and become friends. I’m so jealous of the fact that you get to still be around babies with your job! I hope to do that too with my career someday. Thanks for commenting!!

  • I’ve always wondered about being a nanny! I thought it would be so fun, and apparently I was right. That picture is too precious. These are definitely some interesting lessons learned.

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much for commenting! It is super fun. Very tiring and very emotionally trying sometimes, not gonna lie, but so worth it. Hope you have a great week! :]

  • omg love this! I am a nanny and my social life is literally non-existent lol!! Hahaha I love how you said that when a baby falls don’t make eye contact 😀

    • Savannah

      Its SO true though! Babies don’t cry until they look somebody in the eye! ;]

  • Yes! Agree with all of these. Especially about the bathroom- every time I go to the bathroom, some major crisis happens!

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

    • Savannah

      I know, right?! I always sit both boys down and tell them that if they’re kind and good brothers, they’ll get a couple of gummies when I’m done. Its crazy what can happen just in the 30 seconds it takes to pee!

  • I’ve spent a lot of time as a nanny and agree with so many of your points. Personally I’ve learned that infants are NOT my thing, I much prefer children to babies but I am so glad there are wonderful people like you who love the baby stages!

    • Savannah

      Most of my friends prefer children to babies and the #1 reason is because they can communicate. Is this what you think too? I don’t know why I love babies so much… but I always get pretty lucky with my nannying jobs and end up with at least 1 little one!

      Hope you had a great Monday!

  • Aww I used to nanny for a little while and absolutely loved it.
    Such a cute post.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! Hope you had a great Monday! :]

  • Ashley

    Babysitting and nannying was one of my favorite things growing up. It’s one of the reasons I decided to become a teacher! I loved working with the littles and watching them learn and grow!

    xo Ashley

    • Savannah

      That’s awesome! My roommate wants to be a teacher and I think that’s a great job and really inspiring. My parents are both teachers, but on the college level. I love looking at teaching stuff on Pinterest for fun :]

  • I’ve been babysitting at school for the past couple of years now so I could totally relate to this post- put a smile on my face for sure!! Nannying is definitely an adventure!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! Hope you’re having a great week! Excited about your giveaway tomorrow! :]

  • Lauren

    I absolutely love this post! Your blog is so fun to read. 🙂

    Lauren
    The Fashionista’s Diary

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! Hope you’re having a great week! :]

  • I have been nannying since my first summer of college and love it!! Like you said, it is teaching me so many things for when I’m a mother and getting me even more excited for that season of life!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • Savannah

      Exactly! I’m learning all of the tough stuff now so with my own kids, I won’t have so much to figure out hahah :]

  • I’m laughing at #19 because it’s so true. I dyed my hair grey w/ a tint of blue and my 4 year old cousin was notttt havin’ it. Glad you love what you do babe. x Nicole | http://www.changeanddress.com

    • Savannah

      Thanks for your comment! :] And yeah, little kids totally pick up on changes and don’t like them at all. It’s always so funny to see how they react!

  • This is such a cute post! I babysit for a family frequently, but I could never be a nanny. Props to you!

    • Savannah

      I got started with nannying after babysitting for a while, so who knows?! Maybe you’ll make the switch someday! Hope you’re having a good week!

  • My aunt was a nanny for a very long time and she now owns a day care! I always love visiting her and seeing all the kids. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much for commenting! :] Hope you’re having a great week!

  • This is so sweet! My mom owned a preschool when I was growing up, so I was always around kids and loved it! I recently started babysitting for a couple, and it has been rocking my world! Haha. I always thought that I wanted a little girl, but now that I’m babysitting, I’ll take a little boy any day!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

    • Savannah

      Wow, that’s awesome!! And YES boys all day everyday. Girls are such a handful! Boys are sometimes, but not as often and not as sassy.

  • Love this! I never worked as a nanny growing up but a lot of my friends did and they enjoyed it SO much.

    Pick Your Beau

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much for commenting! Hope you’re having a good week! :]

  • Heather

    As a new mom, I loved these tips!

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Girl, I used to teach preschool, and I could’ve have said the “don’t make eye contact” tip better! SO TRUE!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    http://www.thediaryofadebutante.com

    • Savannah

      I know, right?! The best piece of advice I can give to anybody working with kids. Thanks for commenting!

  • Oh my gosh I am in love with this! I nanny part time while I’m writing and this basically sums up my life! But I wouldn’t trade it for anything! You are the bomb! I love the “don’t make eye contact” thing! I say “bump bump!” all perky like and they realize it’s not a big deal before they fuss. Usually. haha! Love it! Also the don’t ask. tell. for three year old’s is something I have got to learn. Negotiating with a three year old these days is just not working! haha! I just shared this link on my Collectively Caitlin facebook page! I am in love! http://www.collectivelycaitlin.com

    • Savannah

      Hey Caitlin! Oh gosh thank you SO much for reading!! I agree 100%, I wouldn’t trade my job for anything. Right now with my guys I’m trying to figure out the whole time out idea. My kids aren’t taking time out very seriously at the moment…haha I’m going to write another part to The Nanny Diaries and since you’re a nanny too, maybe we could collaborate?! If you’re interested, shoot me an email swraex@gmail.com!