Free nanny? Coast babysitter seeks newborns, twins
SIPPY Downs resident Tess Murray has an offer Sunshine Coast mums can't resist.
She loves babies so much that between her work as a nanny and studying to start her own business, she's offering her services free.
"Any mamas out there who need an extra set of hands, I want to offer a few hours of free help to a different family every week," her post on the Sunshine Coast Community Board Facebook page stated.
Tess is a twin herself and since she and her sister were 12 they have looked after other children.
"I started helping out friends with their babies," she said, soon graduating to twins.
The 21-year-old said she "100%" wanted to have her own children.
"I'm going to have kids. I'm just too young so I'm filling my days with everyone else's babies."
Originally from Byron Bay, she moved to the Coast last February and now works for three families.
"I still don't want to do any other job except my nannying," she said.
Now Tess has a Certificate 3 in child care wants to be a baby sleep consultant, helping parents learn about their children's sleep patterns and get a good night's sleep themselves.
"I wanted to do a career based on helping mums and to do with babies, because I just love it, it's a huge passion of mine," she said.
But between studying baby sleep science and working she still has some free time and is "a bit bored" - which is why she's offering to nanny for free, she said.
"I'll do some study in the morning and then I'm just twiddling my thumbs," she said.
"I thought, 'why not do what I love doing, and offer to help mums out?'
"I know how much of a handful it can be.
"Even with one baby, I know it's tough but I know if there are mums with multiples...they could definitely use a hand."
More than 50 people commented on her post, and she's already lined up five mums to help over the coming weeks, as well as a pregnant woman who's planning to get in touch once her baby is born.
She said Daily readers wanting help with their twins or newborns were welcome to contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I'm going to do it as long as there's people wanting me, I think - unless I get bombarded with my usual (paid) nannying work," she said.
"As long as I've got a spare day I'll keep doing it."
Tess plans to launch her sleep consulting business later this year.