Shopping centre nannies take care of kids while parents shop

Shopping nanny Claire McLaughlin plays with Madeline Owens, 4, and sister Holly, 2, while mum Jacqui Owens shops. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Shopping nanny Claire McLaughlin plays with Madeline Owens, 4, and sister Holly, 2, while mum Jacqui Owens shops. Picture: Jonathan Ng

SHOPPING with children can be a nightmare, so one Sydney shopping centre is offering parents their very own Mary Poppins.

Rhodes Waterside is providing professional nannies for up to two hours to either take the kids to a play centre, or just tag along and help mums and dads shop - all for free.

Shopping Nanny kicked off this week after a trial found parents, especially mothers of two or more children, were clamouring for the service.

The nannies mind the child for a maximum of two hours at a time, and come free through a Mums & Co loyalty club free to join.

Lullaby Nanny Share co-owner Nikita Cosgrave said feedback from the initial trial was some parents were hesitant to leave their child with someone they didn't know, so the service expanded to allow the nanny to tag along during the shopping.

"A lot of mums are on maternity leave and don't have a support network or help," she said.

"They loved it. Going around a shopping centre with a child can be very full on.

"The nanny can wheel the pram and mind the baby - even if the parent needs to go to the toilet or grab a coffee, even if it's just one hour."

The service also allows children to be left in the play pod in the middle of the shopping centre.

"Those nannies are on full observation, everyone can see them there, there's educational toys and it's a great set-up."

Mum Jacqui Owens said says her two daughters, aged two and four, "hate shopping", so she was very pleased to try the nanny service.

"I dropped them with the nanny and they went to the play area with loads of toys and they started playing straight away," she said.

"Which was great because I went off to try on clothes, and joggers, which I haven't been able to do for ages."

Topics:  child care nannies parenting retail shopping

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