This is the first time, ever, that we’ve left Daniel alone with a nanny, quite a milestone for us. We were very impressed with the nannies that Meriski provided. Louise and Emily called us a few days before the trip to introduce themselves, to double-check any dietary needs, and to go over Daniels schedule. This was just the beginning of the excellent service we received from the pair.
Louise was the more qualified of the two, she had a graduate degree in Early Years and we were all confident with her resume, but all of the parents were a bit nervous of young Emily’s maturity as she was only 23 years old. They both had first aid and were CRB checked. Surprisingly, our fears were unfounded and it reinforced to us that personal qualities such as a bright and energetic personality, and a calm disposition are just as important as age and qualification. Both sitters were brilliant with the babies.
The first day was a bit challenging. Everyone lingered as they increased their comfort levels with the nannies. When we got home we heard that Daniel needed to be held constantly, but otherwise he was fine. By day two he seemed to get in the groove and he no longer needed such extreme one-on-one attention.
The nannies were fantastic. On Wednesday, the nannies met us on the slope at the Rond Point (accessible from the streets), and on Friday they met us at the bottom of the slopes (with our shoes) so that we could spend some time with the babies in the snow.
The flexibility and the relaxation that the nannies afforded us, made this a ski trip that I didn’t think would be possible for years to come. We were also glad that Daniel was able to spend some time with adults that weren’t his Mom and Dad. Living abroad means that there aren’t many relatives to hold him and I want him to learn to be relaxed in the company of other adults.
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