Hello, HostDad in NJ here looking for some advice from the group–
We’ve had an Au Pair since our daughter was 3 months old and have loved it. We are now in our 7th month with our second Au Pair who is an absolute rock star.
Anyway, we are expecting twins (yeah!/OMG now what?) in early July and are looking for some advice from families who have chosen Au Pairs to care for twins infants.
Our current plan is to place our daughter, who will be 27 months when her siblings arrive, in full time day care, while using an au pair for the babies. Since our toddler would be enrolling in school anyway, we figured the day care would make the most sense.
We don’t believe it is fair to anyone (toddler, babies, au pair) to keep them all home. Why should our daughter be always waiting around all day for the babies to eat, sleep, poop, etc, when she just wants to go to the park, or gymboree, etc? We’re hoping to meet the big sister’s needs as well as the needs of the new babies.
We’d love to hear some advice on twin infants and au pairs.
Host Dad in NJ
- What challenges do you think this au pair might face, that go beyond the challenges faced by an au pair with just twins to care for? Even though the big sister will be in school most of the au pair’s on duty time…
- What can parents do to help an au pair cope with the challenges of caring for two infants at a time?
See also these posts about Au Pairs and Twins:
New Babies and Au Pairs
Itty Bitty Babies: Ups & Downs of Au Pairs for Infants (and new Host Parents)
Would you recommend an Au Pair to…Dads with infant twins?
New baby, New Challenges for your Au Pair