The Ultimate Guide To Confinement Nannies in Singapore (And How a 27-Year-Old Tried To Be One Too)
“Wah, I never knew there were so few confinement nannies in Singapore.”
As if going through pregnancy and childbirth wasn’t tiring enough, this became a new worry for many parents during this unprecedented crisis.
Given that there is a possibility of me becoming a mother in the future, I started wondering.
With this ongoing demand in Singapore…
Is it possible for me to become a confinement nanny too?
Yes, a role which is stereotypically for motherly figures in their 50s or 60s.
But why hasn’t a 27-year-old thought about it?
It could be a prelude to mummy duties… or for me to decide whether I even want kids in the future.
I also can learn some baby caring techniques, and maybe even… have it as a side hustle?
I saw how confinement nannies could earn about $25 per hour on a part-time basis.
So I started to dive into the Confinement Nanny Training Programmes (wah got skillsfuture subsidy somemore!) tunnel, only to find out that… these programmes specifically mentioned the eligibility criteria to be for mature women.
Well, maybe my side hustle in 20 years then.
Nevertheless, I got curious as to what REALLY constitutes a confinement nanny’s job scope, and how these domestic angels provide help in a new mother’s journey.
In this article, we cover the following:
- Duties of a confinement nanny
- Difference between a confinement nanny and a maid
- When you should book a confinement nanny
- How to get a confinement nanny
- Other confinement services
Duties of a Confinement Nanny
Being parents (especially new ones) can be overwhelming and stressful.
Many parents also tend to place a lot of pressure on themselves, and along with the feeling of inadequacy and the lack of support and sleep, it is easy to compromise on one’s own wellbeing.
Confinement nannies would function as dedicated caregivers and could help provide these parents with some breathing space.
They would provide extra pair of hands to help with parenting duties such as diaper changes and baths, and also to feed the baby and sometimes even the parents.
Some duties of a confinement nanny would usually include:
- Assist the mother with feeding
- Caring and attending to the baby
- Preparing herbal baths for the mother
- Light household chores
- Prepare nourishing confinement meals for the mother
- Share baby caring tips including taking care of the baby, breastfeeding and bathing
- Provide psychological advice and maternal care
Confinement nannies are usually hired for one month (28 days), though shorter or longer periods could usually be requested too.
Confinement Nanny vs Maid
So what’s the difference between hiring a confinement nanny and a maid?
A maid (foreign domestic worker) is normally trained in housework, and is usually hired to help with domestic chores such as cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry and ironing.
They may, however, be inexperienced in taking care of babies, as well as postpartum care.
As for confinement nannies, they are usually women who have specialised knowledge and experience in caring for babies, and would go through rigorous training (or even certification) for baby duties.
Confinement nannies would also be armed with knowledge in confinement meals, and sometimes provide pre- or post-natal services such as massages or unblocking of ducts.
However, this specialisation comes with a huge price tag – a maid costs about $600 a month, while a confinement nanny costs more than $2,000 a month.
When Would Be Best Time To Book A Confinement Nanny?
It is recommended that you book at least 3 to 6 months before your estimated delivery date (EDD).
Some even suggest doing at the beginning of your pregnancy.
Doing so as early as possible ensures a confinement nanny at your availability, as they usually get snagged up really fast (especially the reputable ones).
So do start looking for one early, if you’re planning to engage one!
Getting a Confinement Nanny
There are mainly two ways of getting a confinement nanny – either by yourself or via an agency.
Depending on personal preferences, both methods come with their own sets of pros and cons.
Besides the prices that are quoted, do note that there would usually be other miscellaneous costs involved as well (if you’re hiring via an agency, do check whether they are included in the package).
For instance, it is common to gift red packets to the confinement nanny.
This is done on the first day of arrival, as well as the last day of duty, and the amount would vary according to her performance.
There will also be medical insurance and work permit costs, where employees must pay a monthly levy if the nanny is a foreign worker.
Also, do note that there are currently additional costs due to COVID-19, where employers have to pay for the COVID-19 test (up to $200) and dedicated Stay-At-Home facility ($1,500) for overseas confinement nannies.
Getting a Confinement Nanny Yourself
Some couples might prefer to get a confinement nanny by themselves, either from word-from-mouth or through forums or portals.
Here are some useful websites if this is the option you wish to consider:
If you’re hiring an independent or freelance confinement nanny, it might be helpful to interview prospective nannies before deciding on one.
Some of the things you might want to check would include:
- How many years of experience in nanny duties
- Knowledge on baby handling, and knowledge on breastfeeding, parenting duties etc
- Clarification of job scope (whether there’s preparation of confinement meals, cleaning, massaging, grocery shopping etc)
- Any additional charges or miscellaneous fees
- Cancellation charges
Hiring a nanny by yourself would also mean having to look into the application of a work permit and paying of levy fees.
Also, in an unfortunate case of dispute or misconduct, settling an independent nanny might be more troublesome than one hired through an agency.
Getting a Confinement Nanny via an Agency
For couples who would prefer more certainty, it might be more suitable to hire a confinement nanny via an agency.
Hiring a nanny via licensed confinement nanny agencies would mean that the interests of the customers will be safeguarded.
For instance, there will not be any risk of no-shows as confinement nannies will be guaranteed if they are hired through agencies.
Also, there would be no risk of breaching any MOM’s rules and regulations as licensed agencies are regulated.
Agencies would usually also help with the administrative portions of the hiring process (such as application of work permits), allowing the process to be more hassle-free.
Here are some of the well-known confinement nanny agencies in Singapore:
|Agency||Service Provided||No. of Days of Service||Price (S$)||Profile of Nannies||Things to Note|
|Caregiver Asia||Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||28 days||From $3,000||Have 4 years of experience on average|
Local Singaporeans, Singaporean PRs and Malaysians
|Booking fee of 9% applies if booking is made online
Booking fee of $300 applies if booking is made via the call centre
Excludes application fees for confinement nanny work permit and Singapore levy charges
|Confinement Angels||Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||28 days||From $2,980||Nannies undergo Professional Confinement Nanny Training (88 hours), Auditing and Certification|
All nannies are required to go through an annual medical check-up for Hepatitis B and HIV
|Free replacement of nanny if you choose to make a switch|
|GladysCare 1987||Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||28 days||From $3,000||-||Receive a complimentary maternity goodie bag worth $250|
|JIA Employment||Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||28 days||From $3,300||Gone through stringent screening for baby duties||-|
|NannySOS||Part-Time Services (9-6pm)||28 days (Can choose from 14 days to 16 weeks)||$2,980 ||Based in Singapore and Malaysia|
More than 3 years of experience
|Excludes application fees $35 for confinement nanny work permit
Cost is not inclusive of Singapore levy charges
|Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||$2,500-$3,500|
|Confinement Nanny for Twins||$3500 (Average cost)|
|PEM Confinement||Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||28 days||From $3,150||In-house training centre where nannies undergo special classes|
|Star Confinement Nanny||Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||28 days||$3,650||Nannies with an average of 5-7 years of experience|
|Super Nanny Services||Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||28 days||From $3,000 (includes SHN costs, work permit costs and one lactation consultation)||Usually 50 years old and above with at least three to five years of experience|
|Thomson Parentcraft Centre||Part-Time Services||14 days or 28 days||From $3,103||Local Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs|
Traditional Chinese Medicine-trained
Nannies go through extensive hands-on training
|There will be an interview with the recommended nanny before signing of the contract|
|Full-Time Services (Stay-in)||From $3,905|
Many of these packages are highly customisable, so do inform the agencies of your needs to ensure an accurate quotation for the services provided.
Besides the regular caring of the mother and baby, agencies usually offer additional services that cater to the mother’s needs.
Confinement Food Delivery
If you’re hiring an independent nanny, groceries costs or cooking are sometimes not included in the package price.
For this, there are also several confinement food packages available in the market right now.
These packages are usually specially curated to provide nutrition to recuperating mothers.
For instance, some companies would create well-balanced meals to promote reproductive system recovery, help mothers improve Qi and blood deficiencies, and also increase breast milk supply.
These confinement food are also usually cooked home-style, providing some familiarity and comfort to the mothers (and sometimes also fathers!).
Given that they are packed with nutrition using fresh and healthy ingredients, they do not come cheap.
For instance, a meal package of 7 days (single meal) from NannySOS would cost $430.
Post Natal Massage
Postnatal massage offers several benefits to postpartum mothers.
Which is why it is something that most confinement agencies would offer, along with regular confinement services.
After giving birth, mothers often wish to get back to their pre-pregnancy body.
Postnatal massages would help new mothers reduce water retention, and enhances blood circulation as well.
The blood circulation also helps with the clearing of blocked ducts, allowing an increase in breast milk supply.
Other benefits would include releasing of muscle tensions and improves womb recovery.
There are several packages available for mothers to choose from.
For instance, PEM Confinement offers $718 for 7 massage sessions (60 minutes).
Do I REALLY Need a Confinement Nanny?
Post-natal support could be tremendously helpful for mothers, especially first-time mothers where everything is new and foreign.
Parenting is definitely one of the most tiring things on Earth.
However, some of us might be hesitant to sign up for such help, as confinement services definitely do not come cheap.
With various services like confinement meal deliveries being readily available, we can choose which specific services we wish to have instead of having a full-time stay-in nanny.
Ultimately, we should choose the ones we can afford, and the ones that meet our needs.
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