By Jen Garcin
You’ve matched with a partner family, selected a nanny that you love, and now it’s time to prepare for your nanny share. Whether you are hosting or dropping off, there are some essentials your family will need to get things started.
A double stroller is a must-have for nanny shares. There are a ton of options on the market, so the first step is choosing if you want a side-by-side stroller or a tandem (there are benefits to both). Guidepost at Home Nannies often recommend a tandem double for families that want to be able to convert their stroller from a double to a single or have limited storage space. Check out our must-have double stroller features and some creative storage hacks.
Having a safe, lightweight travel crib is crucial for a nanny share. Baby’s gotta nap! Plus, when the day is over, you want to be able to easily fold and store your travel crib out of sight.
Tiffany recommends the Guava Lotus. “It is so lightweight at just 13 pounds, and it comes with a backpack, so I can easily carry it up and down the stairs while I hold my baby. We use this for both our nanny share and also to travel as it fits in the overhead compartment on an airplane.”
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, we love the Graco Pack N’ Play On The Go. It is a bit heavier and weighs almost 23 pounds, but is easy to fold and store. It comes in a small carrying case with a handle and also fits in the overhead compartment.
Portable High Chair
Once babies hit the six-month mark, highchairs become a pivotal part of their gear. A portable highchair is great for a nanny share, as you can take it out with you and it is small enough to store easily. We love Inglesina’s Fast Table Chair. It comes in a variety of colors and easily hooks on and off a table or kitchen island (no chair needed).
Pro Tip: The only downside of this high chair is that there is a gap between the table and baby, and the food can fall! Grab the attachable tray when you make your purchase, and clip on this coverall bib (UK company, but available on Amazon) to save your floors (and your pups) from messy spills. Plus, rinsing the tray in the sink makes cleanup a breeze.
It is a good idea to get a diaper bag just for your nanny that is big enough to hold both babies’ items. Every so often, bring extras for your nanny to restock. Tiffany recommends this, as it makes transitioning to the weekend super easy. You don’t have to pack, unpack, and pack your regular diaper bag! Tiffany’s pick is the Petunia Pickle Bottom Axis Backpack. “This is the biggest diaper bag we could find,” she raves. “It is easy to wash and easy to attach to the stroller. There is also a deluxe bottom kit that you can use for organization or as separate storage.”
If you are looking for a cheaper option, the Eddie Bauer Backpack Diaper Bag is a great option. It is big enough for the basics for both babies, and we love the wipes dispenser; no more fishing for baby wipes while you’re dealing with a dirty diaper.
White Noise Machine
Tiffany loves the Hushh portable sound machine by Marmac, and lots of moms agree. The Hushh is small, cordless, USB rechargeable, and it clips directly onto the stroller or car seat so is great to use at home or out and about. It has three white noise sound options and the volume is excellent. It doesn’t have automatic time-off which is crucial—the last thing you want when your baby is fast asleep is to have them startled awake by their white noise shutting off. Bonus points: I have also personally had a great experience with Marpac’s customer service.
Pro-tip from Guidepost at Home Nanny Deja: Place the sound machine in between the two babies in the stroller while they’re napping on the go. That way, when one little one wakes up, they don’t wake the other.
How To Choose Who Buys What
Some partner families choose to split the total cost of these items, while others pick which item each family will buy. If one family has or is planning for multiple children, they might want to buy the double stroller for use on the weekends and to keep when the nanny share is over. It might make sense for the host family to buy the diaper bag and sound machine, while the drop off family buys the travel crib. This is entirely up to you!
Jen Garcin is a proud mom of a human baby and two kittens. She had an exciting and fulfilling career in criminal justice reform before transitioning to her favorite job ever, being a stay-at-home mom to her daughter & boss, Eloise. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Jen is passionate about all issues related to motherhood, social justice, and dabbles in freelance writing and marketing consulting. She is super active in her local community, and hosts a monthly cookbook club.