If you are really undecided about what to do, it is worth trying to hire an au pair anyway. You’ll have more to gain than to loose if you opt for an au pair. Most host families that try out the au pair program have great experiences and end up hiring au pairs again.
However, obviously, you have to be able to afford an au pair. It is not cheap to hire an au pair, but in the end, it is worth it. Having help from an au pair allows you to be more flexible than you would be hiring a nanny or a babysitter, which would also probably end up being more expensive.
Before you decide to hire an au pair, you should check whether you fulfill the legal requirements for host families. The regulations are different in every country. Also, there are different rules for au pairs from EU and non-EU countries. Click here for more information on the topic.
When trying to decide if you should hire an au pair or not, also think about the possible disadvantages. You might realize that living with an au pair just isn’t for you.