Wealthy two-career couples can hire a night nanny to get up at 2 am with a crying baby, reports the New York Times.
Anie Roche of Los Altos, Calif., hired a night nanny through Craigslist last November after she had her second child. Both Ms. Roche and her husband have high-pressure jobs: he is an executive at a semiconductor company in Silicon Valley and she is a partner at a law firm in Palo Alto.
Their nanny works from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. six nights a week. â€œShe swaddles the baby and sings to him and thatâ€™s the whole point for us â€” she has a lot more energy and patience at that point in the day than my husband or I do,â€ Ms. Roche said. â€œWe are wiped out.â€
I assume they have a day nanny as well to handle the hours when they’re at work.
“A weekâ€™s worth of night-nanny services can cost well over a thousand dollars,” reports the Times. Nannies earn $15 to $40 an hour; twins and sick babies cost more. One agency operator says night nannies average six to 10 weeks working for a one-baby family, two to four months for twins.
I loved getting up at 2 a.m. with my daughter. It was just the two of us in the rocking chair while the rest of the world slept.