The Nanny Cheat $heet

You’ve already got the ins-and-outs of hiring a nanny – and maybe you already have one you adore. Then why – even when you lovelovelove her and you two talk about everything – can conversations about money feel so awkward? It’s usually because you don’t have a point of reference, says Erica Komisar, co-founder of Nannies Who Know, which trains and places nannies in New York. Her ballpark figures for hourly rates, raises and bonuses will help – and please, add your rules of thumb in the comments!


A few things to
keep in mind:

Generosity will never go unnoticed.

There are a few things that make a difference to your nanny and don’t cost you a lot:
1. If you’re in NYC and commute via subway, share a monthly unlimited MetroCard – doubles its use and costs you nothing extra since you would purchase anyway.
2. Add them to your family mobile plan.
3. Ask what they like to eat and keep it stocked at your house, so they don’t have to buy/bring lunch.

Always negotiate these things in advance. It’s good for both parties to have clear expectations and ensures a healthy relationship long-term.


The going rate

Prices are for NY, LA and SF. In other cities, rates will be less.
Hourly: $15 – $18 starting rate for one child; $18 – $21 for two.
Overnight: $50 – $75 flat rate from kids’ bedtime to wake up.
You’re late getting home: Same hourly rate, but round up. I.e. pay a full hour even if you’re just 15 late.
Comes on vacation with you: Additional $50 – $75 per night + all meals + regular rate for any days that fall on a weekend.
Birthday: $50 – $100 or the day off
Holiday gift/bonus: Small gift + 1 – 2 weeks pay as a bonus (depending on how happy you are with them).
Typical Raise after year 1: $1/hour
Typical Raise after year 2: $1/hour
Second child: Additional $3/hour

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On Our Radar: January 22, 2015


Ella, by Mallory Kasdan
WHO: Eloise fans with a sense of humor.
WHAT: In this parody of the infamous Plaza-dwelling six-year-old, Ella is a crafty Brooklyn hipster who attends Hillary Clinton fundraisers and has a manny – who dreams of owning a grilled cheese truck, of course.
WHEN: You need a laugh.


Skip Hop Layette
WHO: Parents of – or expecting – newborns.
WHAT: Skip Hop’s brand new wardrobe for baby dons charming, colorful prints – chevron, polka dot, and (our favorite) clouds – at affordable price points ($10 – $35).
WHEN: Before baby arrives.

WHO: Pregnant women
WHAT: This new prenatal vitamin is drinkable and helps alleviate morning sickness thanks to ginger, Vitamin B6, and Magnesium.
WHEN: Always talk to your doctor about which prenatal vitamin is right for you.

WHO: City-dwellers who keep the stroller in their apartment.
WHAT: Two NYC moms designed smart wheel covers to keep dirt and germs out of reach from the baby and off the floor.
WHEN: Think for 2 seconds about what’s on those wheels after a stroll.

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9 Celeb Moms’
Fav Baby Products

To celebrate the launch of our new registry, we asked our network of moms what they couldn’t live without. Peruse their must-haves to inspire your own picks.

Zanna Roberts Rassi

Marie Claire Fashion Editor, E! News Correspondent, Mom of Twin Girls
Follow her on IG: @zannarassi


Baby Jogger City Select for the city
Bugaboo Donkey for the country


Ivanka Trump

Owner Ivanka Trump, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @ivankatrump


Ergo 360

Bath Tub



Born Free


Motorola & Dropcam

Stacey Bendet Eisner

Designer Alice and Olivia, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @aliceandolivia


Bugaboo Bee3

Infant Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max

Jenni Kayne

Designer & Blogger, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @jennikayne

Infant Car Seat

Orbit Baby G3


Aden + Anais (in all white)

Claiborne Swanson Frank

Hollywood Photographer, Mom of One Boy
Follow her on IG: @claiborneswansonfrank


Uppababy Vista

Infant Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30

Motion Chair

Bloom Coco Go Lounger



Daphne Oz

The Chew Co-Host, Mom of One Girl
Follow her on IG: @daphneoz


Bugaboo Bee3

Infant Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30


Solly Baby Wrap

Jordana Brewster

Actress, Mom of One Boy
Follow her on IG: @jordanabrewster


Nuna Leaf

High Chair

Stokke Tripp Trapp



Sound Machine

Cloud B Sleep Sheep

Marissa Kraxberger

Fashion Executive & Blogger, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @ladyandprince


Bugaboo Bee3

High Chair

Svan Anka


Zara, H&M, J.Crew

Rebecca Minkoff

Designer, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @rebeccaminkoff

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Emily Schuman

When we found out that one of our favorite bloggers was pregnant and struggling with her registry, it was music to our ears. Why? Because we live to curate the perfect registry! It’s why we wake up each morning! Emily Schuman, of Cupcakes and Cashmere fame – she who’s made a career out of sharing the things that make life delightful (ombre manicures, DIY bouquets, breakfast-taco bars) – deserves a registry worthy of her good taste.

The soon-to-be mom, who held stints at Domino and Teen Vogue, lives her style in both her new (and gorgeous!) LA home and her wardrobe: She favors neutrals over bold prints, animal prints over gold metallic. And she’s all about the tiny details that make a room – or an outfit – feel special (color-coded bookshelves! silk-pleated hem on a sweater!).

Finding baby essentials that live up to Emily’s life and style is what Cricket’s Circle does best. We had Emily take our registry quiz to get product recommendations personalized just for her. Here are some of our favorites – and why we chose them.


Wins Points for Cuteness

Cloud B Sleep Sheep: Part stuffed animal, part sound machine, this is a favorite of new parents. Traveling tip: remove the soundbox from the sheep for a small on-the-go sound machine.

The Design Enthusiast

DwellStudio Mid-Century Crib: We love DwellStudio for its mid-century modern sensibility, coupled with the fact that this crib is as safe and functional as it is chic, it’s no wonder you see this one in the homes of design enthusiasts.

Happy Baby, Happy Mommy

Tiny Love Classic Development Mobile: The more songs, noises, and colors, the happier the baby. The colors may not be appealing to the decorator in you but the high contrast graphics stimulate little one’s vision.

So You Can Both Sleep Soundly

Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress: Your baby will log countless hours sleeping in her crib (well, fingers crossed!), so you want to be sure the mattress isn’t giving off toxic fumes. We love this one for its dual-stage option (use for baby and toddler) and high quality. Plus it’s lightweight, so changing sheets is a cinch.

Do It For The Baby!

Fisher Price My Little Lamb Swing: Fact: This one isn’t winning points in the looks department (though we appreciate that the colors at least try to blend in), but babies love it – and often nap in it for hours – which means you’ll love it too.

Haul In Style

Marc by Marc Jacobs Eliz-a-baby Diaper Bag: You’ll be schlepping more accessories than you can imagine, so you might as well do it in style. This one doesn’t sacrifice functionality making it a winner.

Cuddle Time

Aden + Anais Dream Blanket: Cozy and breathable, this blanket is perfect for taking baby home from the hospital, long walks, and cuddling at home.

Ride In Style

Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat: We heart this new kid on the block that’s Oeko-Tex® certified. It’s super lightweight, making it easy to carry around and has a dream drape for napping, shielding from sun, and avoiding the paps.

Stay Close

Ergo Organic Baby Carrier: For hikes, maneuvering the farmers market, and getting stuff done around the house, this is the only way to go.

Have Baby, Will Stroll

Baby Jogger City Mini: We love this lightweight deluxe stroller for its versatility – durable for everyday use and easy to collapse and maneuver for travel.

Bath Time Is So Much Fun

Summer Infant Bath Sponge: Perfect for those sponge baths in the kitchen sink in the early days, it prevents slipping and is soft and comfy for the baby, easing a new moms nerves.

Snug As A Bug…

Little Giraffe Chenille Hooded Towel: There’s nothing quite as luxurious as Little Giraffe’s chenille towel. And nothing cuter than a clean baby in said towel after a bath.

That Smooth Baby Butt

MD Moms Baby SIlk Moisturizing Balm: These moms know their stuff – this is silky and natural and works like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

Wash Up Safely

California Baby 2-in-1 Shampoo and Bodywash: We love the ease of a pump, so your other hand can be on the baby. Plus, this one is organic, safe, and sulfate-free.

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