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On the Days you Suddenly Don’t Have a Nanny and You Desperately Need Help, Time Off Mummy is Your Saviour


As a mom, have you ever been caught up in a situation where:

– Your housegirl failed to show up for work after her day off or holiday yet you must report to work the following day?

– When unexpected circumstances force you to suddenly let go of your housegirl yet you have no plan B?

– It’s your housegirl’s day off but yet you still need help with the kids? For example you need to go to the salon or run some errands –tasks which will be otherwise be quite tricky when you have to tag the kids along? Or when it’s the housegirls day off and you need to visit a sick relative in hospital and you can’t be allowed in with the kids?

– You need to go to a function and you need some extra help with the kids?

I remember one day about three months ago, my housegirl called me on a Sunday evening (her day off) and told me she had suddenly fallen ill so she wouldn’t return that day and would ‘possibly return on Monday or Tuesday if she felt better’.


I had no plan B. And I had lots of work to do that couldn’t be delayed. Since I knew about Time Off Mummy, I just called them up and let them know that I needed a baby sitter to come to my place the following morning at 8.30 am.

The following morning, the sitter arrived punctually and the first thing I did was to observe her interaction with my youngest son Ello who was 14 months old then. I was liked what I observed.

I then oriented her and gave her instructions on how to prepare the milk, fruits and lunch for him, which she did quite well. She fed him, cleaned his dishes, played with him indoors, and when the sun was out, took him out to bask. And when it was time to put him to bed, she did so. Basically she followed the routine I had laid out for her for Ello. The baby sitter stayed at my place till 4pm, time which enabled me to complete my work assignments (I work from home so I had locked myself up in the bedroom).

The reason why I was comfortable with the baby sitter is because I was aware of the kind of staff that Time Off Mummy have. Their babysitters are trained in first aid, communicate very well in both English and Swahili (spoken and written), have a minimum qualification of a form four certificate (the lady I got actually has training in ECD), have a valid ID, possess a certificate of good conduct and have undergone a thorough vetting process. Those are just a few of the qualities they have.

Also, and quite important is that the ladies behind Time Off Mummy –Dolphine and Medlene are personally known to me and I know they are very legit and don’t do shoddy business. They are moms with young babies themselves, so they completely understand the whole business of having a good child minder.

So incase you ever get caught up in one of those situations where you need that extra hand with the babies, then do give Time Off Mummy a call. I wasn’t disappointed with their services, and so they come highly recommended by me.

Have a look at the Time Off Mummy website and Like the Time Off Mummy Facebook page.

Time Off Mummy can be reached on 0726 -03 79 79 or 0732- 68 58 11.

Give them a try and feel free to share your feedback here.



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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.



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