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Lori Richmond

An Open Letter to Kate Middleton About Finding a New Nanny

PUBLISHED ON 01/15/2014

Dear Catherine,

The latest word across the globe is that you and Will are on the hunt for a new caregiver for your precious little man, Prince George. Being the world's most famous Royal, you'll undoubtedly be flooded by seemingly highly qualified candidates boasting higher education degrees, fancy breeding, white glove service and the like. But let me take a moment, as a mother to another mother, to give you some advice on the most important things to look for when finding a new nanny for George.

I can tell you from personal experience, the degrees don't matter. Just because someone has a piece of paper that says they've been deemed qualified to care for George by an institution of higher learning, doesn't mean they can actually do it — and do it well — in practice. Just because someone comes vetted by an elite placement agency doesn't mean they're going to be "better" than anyone else. Just because someone has glowing reviews from other families doesn't mean they'll be the right fit for your little family.

The best thing you can do is find a loving and patient caregiver that really connects with George. Does she really love the company of children? Will she get down on the floor to play with him? Will she pay him her undivided attention? Will she love him (almost) as much as you do? Can you leave home feeling that you truly trust her to care for him? If the answer is yes… that's when you know you've made the right choice.

Best of luck in your search, the world is waiting to see what lucky nanny lands this dream job!

How did you find care for your baby? Did you go with a nanny or a daycare provider?

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