There are the two lines you hope to see on a test – you’re finally pregnant! Once you visit your gynae and have your estimated due date figured out, it’s time to start engaging a nanny and relevant services for your confinement month.
Here are some confinement centres, agencies and services to baby yourself while you rest and recover from the difficult period of pregnancy and delivery.
For most of us, there’s no place like home. Especially if you’re a first-time mom, you might want to get a confinement nanny to stay with you to help with feeding, bathing, diaper changing and the cooking of nourishing meals while you focus on recovering from the birth and bonding with your firstborn.
First-time parents might especially need help with getting used to caring for a newborn
You can hire one through a confinement agency, which is government-regulated and will handle everything from work permits, guarantees and training. Else, freelance nannies can also be engaged via Facebook groups such as Singapore Confinement Discussion Group or online parenting forums such as MummySG.
The cost varies depending on the scope of duties, but ranges between $2,500 and $4,000 a month. Freelance nanny rates usually cost a little less, but you’ll usually have to manage their paperwork yourself.
Then there are confinement centres, which are a fairly recent concept in Singapore. They’re great if you don’t have a spare room for your nanny or just want to get away from it all during your confinement month. However, be prepared to shell out a pretty penny for luxurious and comprehensive round-the-clock care.
If you only need your food baby taken care of during confinement, there are tingkat food delivery services that include confinement meal options.
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PEM Confinement Nanny Agency has been around for more than 30 years and is MOM-certified. You’ll know you’re in good hands as their nannies undergo 150 hours of training before they are deployed. They also have free nanny replacement as part of the deal, just in case there are any hiccups during your confinement month.
Rates vary if you have a multiple birth such as twins, or you would like your nanny to do housework as well, so it’s best to contact them directly.
Address: 167 Woodlands Street 11, #02-23, Singapore 730167
Opening hours: 10AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 6293 9249
If you’re on a budget or would like to engage a confinement nanny for a shorter period than a month, NannySOS’s confinement care starts from $1,999/14 days. They also do confinement food catering delivery to your doorstep ($35/trial meal), and pre- and postnatal massages (from $168/session).
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Perhaps you’re craving some couple time with the hubs and want to go on a long-awaited date night, or you both have important errands to run and you can’t bring the kids along. NannySOS also has ad hoc babysitting services ($25/hour) to help you keep an eye on the bubs and other kiddos for an afternoon or evening out.
Address: 750 Chai Chee Road, #01-07A, Singapore 469000
Opening hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 6817 2479
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You’ll be pleased to know that Confinement Angels’ nannies are KKH-certified so that your precious cargo will be well-taken care of. Theirs is the only confinement nanny agency that has an in-house training centre, and nannies are audited and certified before they are sent to your house.
Their nannies are trained in both Eastern and Western medical practices, and also provide breastfeeding support for those who prefer to go au natural.
Address: 29 Tai Seng Avenue, #07-16, Singapore 534119
Opening hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 8828 8415
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Taking care of a newborn is hard – taking care of two or more newborns is even harder. Thankfully, nannies from Star Confinement Nanny have experience taking care of twins and offer breastfeeding support, with up to two nanny changes if necessary.
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Nannies will also prepare herbs and tonics as part of the package according to your recovery progress each week.
Address: 8G Yio Chu Kang Road, ICB Shopping Centre, Singapore 545522
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9AM-6PM | Sat – Sun & PH (by appointment only)
Telephone: 9889 7985
You and the bubs will be in good, experienced hands with nannies from TSM Confinement Nanny Agency who have at least five to seven years’ on the job. Nannies will keep a detailed daily log to help you keep track of baby’s growth and development.
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The agency offers flexible packages ranging from 14 to 28 days, depending on your needs. Over and above taking care of you and your baby, your nanny will even do grocery shopping and simple cleaning, so you won’t have to worry about the hubs and the kids having to fend for themselves.
Address: 623 Aljunied Road, #02-01A Industrial Aljunied Complex, Singapore 389835
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10AM-5PM (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: 6337 1793
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If you really want to splash out for premium confinement care, book yourself a luxury stay at Kai Suites. It’s located at a dedicated conserved state property on Dunearn Road, and is a short distance away from leading maternity hospitals such as Thomson Medical Centre and KKH.
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This spanking new confinement hotel doesn’t come cheap at $27,000/28 days, but you and baby will be pampered 24/7. As a recovering mum, you’ll be treated with facials, pre- and postnatal massages at the on-site spa and wellness facilities.
You’ll also be able to enjoy “Michelin-star” style menus planned by TCM consultants and attend on-site classes for breastfeeding and baby care.
Address: 26 Dunearn Road, Singapore 309423
Telephone: 8855 6188 (WhatsApp)
Those who might prefer a shorter stay at a confinement facility can consider The Clover Suites (from $7,888/14 days), a boutique three-storey hotel at Siglap. This includes a professional baby photography session with props and outfits.
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On-site spa services marry the best of Eastern and Western postnatal healthcare so that you can recover with the traditions you’re most comfortable with. The spa provides pampering such as massages, herbal hair washes and facials. Medical professionals and nannies will also provide 24/7 nursing and baby care so you can get some much-needed R&R.
There’s also an in-house cafe with dedicated chefs and dietitians to make sure you are well-nourished during your confinement.
Address: 697 East Coast Road, #02-01, Singapore 459060
Telephone: 9722 5076 (WhatsApp)
If you want more privacy than your family home can provide during that first month after delivery, book a stay at NewLife Confinement Centre. It’s tucked away amidst lush greenery at a condominium apartment near Bukit Timah Hill from $17,888. They’ll also pick you up straight from the hospital for an additional fee.
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A full-time professional nanny who’s assigned to each room and will take care of you and your baby. She’ll also make sure that you’re well-fed with highly nutritious meals five times a day.
Address: 3 Ang Mo Kio Street 62, #03-16 Link @ AMK, Singapore 569139 (HQ)
Telephone: 9467 2588 (WhatsApp)
For new mums, breastfeeding can be difficult and painful. You’ll be able to learn how to breastfeed painlessly with certified lactation consultants while recovering from delivery at the Singjoy confinement centre, located at the luxurious Shangri-la Apartments.
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Every mum will have a dedicated round-the-clock nanny, who will also take care of the baby and prepare herbs for confinement baths. Packages start from $13,800 for a 14-day stay at a two-bedroom unit, so that dads and other kids can stay close while giving the new mom and baby some space and privacy.
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Meals are fully provided, and add-ons include prenatal yoga, counselling and pelvis recovery by a physiotherapist.
Address: 1 Anderson Rd, Singapore 259983
Telephone: 8889 1958 (WhatsApp)
A hospital-like atmosphere is the last thing you’ll want after staying in one to deliver. Staying at AP Confinement’s centre will feel like a well-deserved staycation as it’s located at PARKROYAL Serviced Suites along Beach Road.
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Their packages include 28 days of herbal baths, integrated care by a dedicated nanny, and lactation consultation. They include add-ons such as baby brain training and home vaccination services after you’ve returned home. Packages are personalised, so enquire for rates.
Address: 7500A Beach Road, #01-345/346 The Plaza, Singapore 199591
Telephone: 8877 3488 (WhatsApp)
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Besides nannies helping you out for those crucial first days, new mums can also seek out postnatal massages such as from Post Natal Massage Singapore and Mummy’s Massage to help relieve muscle pain, increase lactation and kickstart getting your pre-pregnancy figure back.
TCM practitioners like Thomson Chinese Medicine provide confinement acupuncture and herb blends to rebalance the qi and yin in your body that have been depleted by pregnancy and delivery.
Every new mum needs a helping hand and some pampering when they are recovering from the arduous task of having a baby. These confinement services and centres will help take care of you while you are taking care of a new life during your confinement month.
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