How many months in advance should I start looking for a full time nanny?

Dual military family so crazy schedules require full time help and I will have a 2 year old and 4 month old. When should I start interviewing and what is standard payment for average 40 hours a week and 2 children? Also anybody who has full time help, where did you find them? I’ve used Care.com before with so-so results. Any and all input appreciated!! 🙂

  • Anonymous
    Dec 24

    Start looking as early as possible to make sure it’s a good fit for you and your family. We used care.com first nanny we had for only 3 weeks, second nanny we hired was a very good one and she’s been with us for 3 1/2 years and hopefully many more. Pay wise if you have more than one child it’s actually more affordable to use aupair. Make sure for nanny you do background and reference checks. Good luck.

  • Elle
    Dec 24

    As early as possible! Haven't gone the nanny route, but I can share average day care (learning facility) rates in VA /DC area (which are similar to NYC rates) in case that's a helpful bookend for your estiamtions. Learning center will obv be more expensive rate than nanny rate, but around here the average range is $1XXX-XXXX/month (figure 10 hrs/day for avg).

  • Anonymous
    Dec 25

    The CDC on our base is amazing. Have you checked that out? Just an idea, can’t afford nanny over here so we went that route!

  • Lily
    Dec 25

    I work as a nanny and have for many years. I use Care.com and have gotten really good families. It depends on the area you live. Also what you want the nanny to do. Like washing the kids clothes, doing homework, driving the kids. I won't work for under minimum wage. But if I am expected to drive or do a lot of house work I need a little more. It also kinda goes off how many kids. Some people like to go 5$ a kid per hour. I would start looking now, you will know if the person is a good match for your family when you find them. Hope this helps