Get the best postpartum care for you and your baby with a little help from a confinement nanny in Singapore. Check out our list of confinement nanny agencies and confinement nannies (also called confinement ladies) to help you choose one that fits your family!
Getting proper care and rest after your pregnancy and delivery is vital, and a confinement nanny can help with that! After all, not only will she care for your precious newborn, but she will also whip up nutritious, strengthening confinement meals and give you the time, space and much-needed rest you need to recover. Need a little help picking out the right confinement nanny in Singapore? We’ve shortlisted several confinement nanny agencies that will give you the care and attention you need.
What is a confinement nanny?
A good confinement nanny is a godsend and tends to be in great demand. After giving birth, the Chinese believe that a mother’s strength is weakened so to restore it, and ensure proper recovery, new mothers are expected to stay confined to the home and have a recovery routine. However it’s not just Singaporeans who do the confinement period, expats have also tried it and have raved about the experience. A confinement nanny is often hired to provide support to mother and baby throughout this time.
How long is the confinement period?
Starting from childbirth, the confinement period lasts anywhere from one month up to 100 days. The length of confinement often depends on whether the mother has had a natural birth or caesarean and her rate of recovery. The average confinement is around six weeks to ensure that the new mother receives adequate rest and recuperation.
How to find the ‘right’ confinement nanny in Singapore?
Mums-to-be should start hunting for their confinement 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 confinement nanny, pick someone you deem to be trustworthy and that fits your personality. Do you want someone who is willing to take your instructions or are you looking for a confinement many who can give you advice instead? Choosing someone with the right attitude will make life easier. Confinement nannies who are not Singaporean need to have work permits, so do check that the agency from which you engage your confinement nanny is MOM-certified.
The cost for confinement nannies varies depending on the scope of duties and time spent, but ranges between $1,999 and $4,000 a month.
Confinement nanny or night nurse, live in or live out?
Have a think about your needs. If you have a helper, maybe you won’t need someone to live in throughout the month, as a typical confinement nanny would do. Perhaps you are only looking for a ‘night nurse’ or nanny who can help during the evenings only? Conversely, if you don’t have 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.
Try word-of-mouth recommendations and go with your gut and make sure to hire a confinement nanny you can trust. You’ll want to make sure the confinement nanny you hire is reputable and MOM-certified. Feeling overwhelmed? Keep reading for our roundup of confinement nannies in Singapore.
Confinement Centres vs confinement Nannies
Many mums prefer to stay in the comfort of their home after giving birth so a confinement many is the perfect solution – they live with you in our family space and your family can visit, your partner can also benefit from the meals etc. Others prefer to go to a confinement centre – this is a bit like a hotel especially geared up for postpartum mothers and their babies.
Where to Hire a Confinement Nanny in Singapore
Gladys Care 1987
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 confinement 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 Acupressure lactation massage or Engorgement Breast Massage Treatment to relieve new mamas in those early postpartum days! Other massage offerings include relaxing prenatal massage, Javanese Postnatal Jamu massage and belly wrap (bengkung), and TCM anti-colic massage or relaxing massages for babies.
Since 2004, Amy Nanny has served more than 10,000 mamas and babies in Singapore. Their confinement nannies are well-trained in everything from breastfeeding techniques to confinement nutrition, to baby health and medical care. Nannies are also thoroughly screened.
Confinement Angels stand 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 confinement nanny can take on jobs; only after another round of audits and evaluation will she be deployed for assignments. At this confinement agency, every single detail of the confinement experience is attended to, including breastfeeding support, correct hygiene methods, baby safety practices, and confinement diet planning.
This confinement nanny agency conducts stringent checks on nannies before selecting them, so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best of the best here! Amongst their regular duties, the confinement nannies also prepare special confinement baths for mum, wash the mother and baby’s clothes, prepare dinner for the partner 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-day, 35-day and 42-day options are also available, starting from $1,999.
JIA Confinement Singapore
This MOM-licensed confinement nanny agency provides both English and Chinese-speaking in-house and daytime confinement nannies and stay-in confinement nannies offering 24-hour care. Their confinement nannies cook for the mother and look after the baby, while also whipping up traditional confinement food to help mamas recover quickly from birth and ensure an adequate milk supply for breastfeeding. Standard packages are usually for one month (28 days), although longer stays can be arranged.
Just Us Confinement
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 confinement nanny goes through a personal interview with a potential employer before assignment to ensure it’s a good fit for all parties involved.
Mommycare Confinement Nanny Services
With a major focus on training, Mommycare Confinement Services offers 24-7 live-in confinement nanny 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.
NannyNow Confinement Agency
Offering Malaysian and Singaporean confinement nannies, NannyNow provides new mums with 24-hour baby care, confinement food and herbal tonics for you and the right food for your baby (meals for dads can be arranged, too), plus professional breastfeeding tips. Other services within your confinement care package include laundry for mums and babies (baby’s clothes will be hand-washed) and the preparation of confinement baths. If you’re opting for a Malaysian confinement nanny, the agency will handle all the necessary visa paperwork, quarantine requirements and Covid testing before the nanny is due to care for you.
Nanny Sarojini d/o Lakshmanan was a maternity and neonatal nurse at Gleneagles Hospital for years before striking out on her own in 2010 as a confinement nanny – 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.
NewLife Confinement Nanny
All the confinement nannies at this agency have between 3 and 10 years of experience, and we like that on each woman’s profile page you can even get a sneak peek at some of her speciality confinement dishes! NewLife also offers a confinement herbs package, along with both postnatal massage and lactation consulting and massage.
PEM Confinement Agency
PEM Confinement Agency is the largest confinement nanny 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, PEM Confinement Agency also offer confinement herbal tonics and postnatal massage services.
Star Confinement boasts glowing reviews of their confinement services. With an emphasis on efficiency and professionalism at every stage of the process, Star Confinement also provides confinement nannies who average at least 5-7 years of hands-on childcare experience. Nannies specialise in both prenatal and postnatal care for mama and baby alike, and they know how to cook delicious confinement food too.
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 nannies are from Singapore and Malaysia and can speak English, Mandarin or Malay depending on a mama’s preference.
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