On the lookout for a confinement nanny? Our guide will help you find someone both you and baby are comfortable with
The post-natal period is a special time for new mums to recuperate and rejuvenate from pregnancy and delivery… but with a helpless newborn who demands your unwavering attention on your hands, getting the time and space you need to recover isn’t easy. Having an experienced professional on hand to whip up nutritious, strengthening meals and look after your baby can allow you to get that much-needed rest, and with any number of confinement services available in Singapore, we’ve rounded up the best of the best so that you can get the care and attention you really need, mama.
Some helpful advice
Good confinement ladies are a godsend and tend to be in great demand. Mums-to-be should start hunting for their nanny while they are in their first trimester. Try to have reasonable expectations of the nanny. First-time mums in particular can get anxious when things don’t go according to plan.
To ensure the right fit between employer and nanny, make sure to conduct an interview to suss out each other’s personalities and needs.
When selecting a nanny, pick someone whom you deem to be trustworthy. Choosing someone with the right attitude, who is humble and willing to take instructions, will also make life easier. Nannies who are not Singaporean need to have work permits, so do check that the agency from which you engage your nanny is MOM-certified.
Also have a long, hard think about your needs. If you have a helper, maybe you won’t need someone to live in throughout the month, but only at night. Conversely if you don’t have other family around to pitch in – or your helper isn’t particularly experienced with newborn babies – an experienced confinement nanny who’s with you round the clock could be a lifesaver.
Above all else, go with your gut and make sure to hire someone you can trust. Besides word-of-mouth and social media recommendations, you’ll want to make sure whoever you hire is reputable and MOM-certified. Feeling overwhelmed? Check out our roundup of the best confinement ladies and confinement nannies in Singapore — a few have even offered special discounts just for Sassy Mamas-to-be!
In partnership with Singapore’s own “baby whisperer” Dr. Wong Boh Boi, Confinement Angels stands out for their rigorous training in which nannies study both childcare theory and get hands-on experience at the in-house training centre, which features a modern, applied medical-aligned syllabus. Simply completing the training program doesn’t guarantee that a nanny can take on jobs; only after another round of audits and evaluation will she be deployed for assignments. At Confinement Angels every single detail of the confinement experience is attended to, including breastfeeding support, correct hygiene methods, baby safety practices, and confinement diet planning.
How much: Prices start from $2,950 for the standard 28-day package.
Use promo code SassyCA to take $168 off the nanny service package and receive a complimentary baby photo session and baby massage session! Enquire for more details.
This in-home childcare (and eldercare) service provider has been around for nearly new decades, looking after everyone from newborns to the elderly. Just Us offers a full suite of childminding options, from live-in and live-out confinement nanny services, to overnight care, to ad hoc babysitting. Caregivers are primarily Singaporean and Malaysian, many of who speak English, as Just Us caters to both expat and local clientele. Every Just Us nanny goes through a personal interview with a potential employer before assignment to ensure it’s a good fit for all parties involved.
How much: Confinement rates range from $3500-$3800 per month, including the agency fee with free replacement and backup services, along with the nanny’s salary, work permit application and medical insurance.
This second-generation family business started by the renowned Gladys Yip provides comprehensive personal confinement maternity support, including options for a live-in or live-out confinement nanny; both day and night nanny plans; and nannies who speak Mandarin or English. Gladys Care nannies are well versed in cooking nutritious foods for new mamas in recovery, and can also provide TCM lactation massage to improve and regulate the flow of “Qi.” Other massage offerings include prenatal massage, Javanese Postnatal Jamu massage, and anti-colic massage for babies.
Gladys Care 1987, Tel: (+65) 8318 1949, www.nanny.sg
You need only check out Star Confinement’s Facebook page to read more than 100 glowing reviews of their confinement services. With an emphasis on efficiency and professionalism at every stage of the process, Star also provides confinement nannies who average at least 5-7 years of hands-on childcare experience. You can actually click here to read their profiles! Nannies specialize in both prenatal and postnatal care for mama and baby alike, and they know how to cook delicious confinement food, too!
How much: Prices start from $1500 for a minimum 2-week stay.
Quote Sassy Mama when you book to receive a $100 discount! Valid through 31 October 2019.
Since 2004, Amy Nanny has served over 10,000 mamas and babies in Singapore. Their confinement ladies are well trained in everything from breastfeeding techniques, to confinement nutrition, to baby health and medical care. Nannies are also thoroughly screened.
Amy Nanny Tel: (+65) 9782 5015, www.amynanny.com
Aunty Lee Confinement Nanny
A mother of three and grandmother with over 35 years’ infant care experience, Singaporean Aunty Lee is a trained, certified confinement nanny who’s also well-versed in TCM herbs and tonics. She speaks Mandarin and a variety of Chinese dialects in addition to basic English.
How much: Contact for details
JIA Confinement Agency
Set up in 2011, this MOM-licensed agency provides both English and Chinese-speaking in-house and daytime nurses (9am to 6pm). Nannies cook for the mother and look after the baby… whipping up traditional confinement food to help mamas recover quickly from the birth and ensure an adequate milk supply for breastfeeding. Standard packages are usually for one month (28 days), although longer stays can be arranged.
How much: $2,000 and above.
JIA Confinement Agency, Tel: (+65) 9459 9830, www.jiaemployment.com
With a major focus on training, Mommycare Confinement Services offers 24-7 live-in services for 28 days or longer, including cooking, preparing special baths, doing laundry for both mama and baby, and even helping out with household chores and grocery shopping if necessary!
Mommycare Confinement Nanny Serivces, Tel: (+65) 9739 5078, www.mommycareconfinement.com.sg
Nanny Sarojini d/o Lakshmanan was a maternity and neonatal nurse at Gleneagles Hospital for years before striking out on her own in 2010 — and has plenty of glowing references to show for it. She takes care of newborn babies, helping with bathing, feeding and settling, as well as helping the mother with breastfeeding, and most importantly… rest time! Call for rates.
Nanny Saro, Tel: (+65) 9487 6646, www.nannysaro.com
Established in 2011, this agency’s nannies go through stringent checks before being selected, so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best of the best here mama! Amongst their regular duties, nannies also prepare special confinement baths for the mum, wash the mother and baby’s clothes, prepare dinner for the father and do simple household chores if required. Helping new mamas feel pampered, post-natal massage and Jamu binding are also available and can be combined with the confinement nanny service or done on their own, and 14- 35- and 42-day options are also available. They also offer ad hoc babysitting!
How much: From $2,800/month for 28-day live-in.
Nanny SOS, Tel: (+65) 6817 2479, www.nannysos.com.sg
New Life Confinement Nanny
All the confinement ladies at this agency have between 3-10 years’ experience, and we like that one each woman’s profile page you can even get a sneak peek at some of her specialty confinement dishes! New Life also offers a confinement herbs package, along with both postnatal massage and lactation consulting and massage.
New Life Confinement Nanny, Tel: (+65) 8201 3465, www.nlconfinementnanny.com.sg
PEM Confinement Agency
PEM is the largest confinement agency in Singapore (with over 400 nannies on offer — all trained at their in-house facility) and has been around for more than 30 years. In addition to full confinement packages they also offer confinement herbal tonics and postnatal massage services.
PEM Confinement Agency, Tel: (+65) 6293 924, www.pemconfinement.com
Super Nanny Services
Offering both daytime and 24/7 options, Super Nanny also has a full suite of supplemental services like antenatal classes and baby massage. Chinese and Muslim Malay confinement ladies are from Singapore and Malaysia, and can speak English, Mandarin or Malay depending on a mama’s preference.
Super Nanny Services, Tel: (+65) 9751 1415, www.supernannyservices.com.sg
Thomson Parentcraft Centre
Providing Traditional Chinese Medicine-trained confinement nannies, Thomson Parentcraft Centre ensures all their “aunties” undergo extensive hands-on training in areas such as understanding and handling a crying baby, diet and nutrition planning for new mothers, and how to deal with common emergency situations before being placed with families. Parents can choose from a range of services including a stay-in nanny (14 pr 28 days), daytime-only nanny (9am-6pm) or night nanny (9pm-8pm). They also offer a separate confinement food home delivery service.
Brought to you in partnership with Confinement Angels, Just Us, Gladys Care 1987, and Star Confinement
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