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What to Expect from a Vacation Nanny

April 1, 2015

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Originally posted on the INA Blog.

When planning a vacation with children it is an option when traveling with children to have a vacation nanny.  There are several reasons why people opt to have help on their vacation or during a family or business travel trip.  The reasons range from needing an extra set of hands during the family vacation, to planning date nights, providing coverage when working or at a conference, and providing household assistance and or cleaning services.  Below are various ways that visitors use a vacation nanny when traveling.

Vacation Nanny:

Many families when traveling simply want the luxury of having an extra set of hands while on their trip.  They may have someone who works full days traveling around the city with them or spends the days at the beach or the pool acting as a nanny/entertainer for young children.  They may utilize the nanny not only during the day but as night as well, providing nanny services while the adults have dinner out/do a date night.  A vacation nanny should be expected not only to provide safe and reliable child care, but assist the family in covering nap times, planning fun activities for the kids, and educating the family about activities appropriate for the kids in the local area.  They can provide light housekeeping services as well to make things run smoother so the family is better able to fully enjoy their trip.

Hotel Nanny:

From time to time families will request a nanny for a single night out or a few nights out during a trip.  Many of the times these a date night vacation nanny will arrive with some games, activities, and the ability to be nurturing and put the kids to bed while the parent’s go out on the town.  They are used to working in a hotel environment with different kids who need “warming up” and the nanny should have a strong capability to be energetic and easily adaptable.  Vacation nannies are used to coming in to a situation where they do not know the kids and quickly building a relationship where the kids are able to have a great time and feel comfortable.

Conference/Work Trip Nanny:

There are a lot of families who come to town and need a nanny to cover time when they will be working or attending an event. A nanny that comes to a hotel to cover work time usually plans an outing or activities for the kids/babies.  They follow the regular or requested schedule of the family and are used to working in hotel rooms.  They are able to provide a fun, safe, environment while Mom or Dad is busy working for the day and adapt quickly and easily to the needs of the family.

Housekeeper Nanny:

From time to time when families are traveling they rent vacation homes and like to have daily assistance in the home cooking and cleaning.  This is considered a Housekeeper Nanny and can be very helpful in creating a great environment in a vacation rental.  This nanny can also provide childcare services within reason of being able to maintain the housekeeping tasks and cover things like parent’s night.

Hiring a vacation nanny can meet many different types of needs and requests.  If you are interested in learning more about the different types of coverage that can be provided when traveling and considering a vacation nanny consult with an INA member nanny agency for options and availability in your destination.

5 Tips for a Beach Vacation with Kids

June 18, 2014

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Originally posted here, on the Conde’ Nast Traveler’s website.

My first few visits to the beach with kids along were a sandy, wet mess. Since then, I’ve learned a trick or two and I thought I’d share them here.

  • Rub on baby powder to remove sand from your body—don’t forget between the toes.
  • Instead of buying new beach toys at your destination, ask poolside or at your hotel’s concierge desk. Even if the hotel doesn’t provide beach toys for guests, there’s almost always a leftover bucket and shovel in a closet somewhere. (Don’t forget to leave your toys back with the concierge when you check out— items left in the hotel room are more likely to end up in the trash).
  • On a windy day, rain pants are the perfect way to keep out both sand and cold. Just slide them on over your child’s clothing and remove them before you get in the car.
  • Possibly the worst part of putting sunscreen on a squirming child is smoothing that gloopy stuff all over their face and eyes. Instead, invest in a high-quality powdered sunscreen. It doesn’t drip into their eyes, it’s quicker to put on, and my five-year-old daughter thinks it’s the most glamorous stuff on earth.
  • A toweling coverup is stretchy enough to allow your child to slip out of their swimsuit in privacy, and perfect for the car ride home.

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