Following the news of a nanny allegedly punishing a toddler with a hot curling iron, The Doctors bring in a childcare expert to share tips on how to ensure your little one is safe with their caretaker.
Nanny Consultant Lindsay Heller, also known as “The Nanny Doctor,” says that nanny nightmare stories should serve a warning to parents.
“Any time that your child is in the care of another person, another adult or a nanny, you should be thinking about their psychical and emotional safety… you need to be paying attention all of the time,” she says.
Lindsay warns that simply using a nanny agency is not enough because anyone can open an agency and they are not regulated in any way. She recommends checking the agency’s reputation and how long they have been in business. She suggests making sure the agency meets the potential nanny in person and says to ask to see results of the nanny’s background check and to check the references yourself.
Surgical breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk suggests – if you can afford it – to add an extra hour to your nanny’s schedule when you will also be at home in order to see the nanny in action with your child.
As for Lindsay’s biggest red flag, she says it is when a nanny does not follow instruction, as it could be a sign of bigger problems. For instance, if the nanny ignores instructions about what to feed your child, what else might the nanny be doing that is against your wishes?