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Your expectations on how she'll spend her time w/ your LO.
Here's one for me - whenever I go to the park, I feel like I always see the nannies sitting around either talking w/ each otehr or talking on a cell phone. Letting the kids run around w/o really paying that much attention.
Now, granted, once your child is old enough to run around, the nanny doesn't necessairly need to be w/ the child the entire time, but just the other day, a nanny came w/ a girl too young to walk. Swung her in the swings and the ENTIRE time was on her phone. I was looking at the girl and smiling at her and waving to her and she was sweet as could be- but the nanny was paying hardly any attention other than to push her.
This REALLY bothered me. My expectation w/ my nanny is that while she is w/ DS, her attention is on him. Not on her phone or other people.
DS dx with celiac disease 5/28/10
I loved my nanny but in hindsight I wish I would have discussed the cell phone up front with her. It was more like she'd get text messages. But, she was great when DS napped because she didn't sit down. She did household chores and laundry, etc. so when she started I showed her where everything was in terms of laundry soap, how to work the machines, etc. but also how to use the stereo to play music.
Good idea on writing everything down and coming up with some rules. I wrote a sample schedule and I also asked nanny to write down everything during the day. It helped me understand nap times and when DS had last eaten when I got home at the end of the day.