Teenage mother's helpers should have had previous experiences with children. This is especially true if you plan on using them as a new mother's helper to help with a newborn or to entertain your older child while the family is adjusting to the new addition. A local Red Cross would offer training courses that include everything a teen would possibly need to know about dealing with newborn and child related emergencies. A teenage mother's helper may not have as much experience as a professional nanny, but since the mother is generally in the home at the same time this should not be much of an issue. The mother can rely on the teen mother's helper to entertain the children, but is also there in case of an emergency or a tricky situation that the mother's helper is not familiar with.