Regarding Nannies has a great website for nannies. Recently they did an interesting blog post with tips from some of their most successful nannies. We wanted to share one with you. Whether you are a nanny looking for a nanny job or you are a currently employed nanny I think you will enjoy reading this.
Karen Y. shares …
The 5 Best Practices for a nanny I recommend are as follows, with four under the category Document!! One, Document your day!! Most jobs ask the nanny to keep a log book of the day’s activities or milestones. What a great way to showcase the growth and changes of your charge/es while you are their nanny! Parent’s love to see what happened while they were gone during the day. With technology today, you can also take a cell phone picture and down load to a flash drive for a daily record of that job.
Secondly, I suggest documents in your car or nanny car. I have copies of my charges health insurance cards, dental insurance cards and parent information located in the folder with the car registration. If I was knocked unconscious in an accident, the police would be able to contact someone on that list. Thank to Mary Ann X. Meddish, I have tie-on ICE cards that are attached to infant and toddler car seats where that information can also be reached.
Third, I recommend having a document, preferably a contract in place. It protects you and the family when all information pertaining to the job is written down. For busy parents and nannies, having it on paper helps the communication and keeps all parties with in the job description.
Fourth, keep your resume updated at all times! Many nannies I know have recently lost their positions thru no fault of their own. Downsizing, parents deciding to stay home or job relocation for parents mean that keeping your resume updated will only benefit you! Always include copies of trainings, certifications, and conference attendance forms. Parents like to know that you are constantly educated and know your business!
Lastly, Be sure that you land in a job where you are happy and where your communication with your employers is great. Because if the nanny is not happy, it will trickle down in to the family dynamics. Be pro-active in talking about issues or concerns to keep a smile on your face! Why spend your days not doing something you love?
Happy New Year!
January is here. All the hustle and bustle of celebrating the holidays is over. What now?
Tradition has it that you make a resolution for the year. Something you want to change or improve for this year. Maybe you want make a positive impact in your life or the life of someone you love. We’ve gathered some nice resolutions (I prefer to call them goals) for you.
1. Are you thinking about “Going Green” this year and reducing your carbon footprint? Here is a website with 10 helpful environmentally friendly resolutions.
2. Do you want to do a better job of capturing your kids great moments? Why not try a memory jar? Write down some of the funny things your kids say and place them in a jar. On a bad day you can pull out a funny quote for a quick smile. Here is one mom’s blog about her Memory Jar.
3. Want to be a more organized nanny? We shared this tip a few months ago from a professional nanny. I love the idea of creating your own ‘Nanny Binder.’
4. Want to eat healthier? Here are some quick and easy healthy recipes. Add these to your monthly menu to start the year off right.
I hope these ideas will help you start the new year off right. Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest Board for other New Year’s ideas.
Please share with us your ideas too!
Understanding Baby Milestones
A baby’s first year is filled with so many exciting milestones!
Every baby is different and will hit their milestones at different times so, nannies, don’t get worried if the little one you are watching doesn’t follow along to a tee. If baby misses one milestone it’s probably no big deal but you can mention it to the parents. However, if you and the parents are worried after baby misses a few milestones it might be helpful to talk to the doctor. We found this list of “firsts” on TheBump.com. This is a great resource list for a nanny to print out and keep in her nanny binder.
Sleeping Through the night
When it’s likely to happen: Generally, after four months of age, an infant should be able to sleep at least six to eight hours straight without feeding. And by six months of age, they should be able to go at least 8 to 10 hours without a feeding.
How to encourage it: Let baby sleep! Slowly start extending the time between nighttime feedings until you get there. And don’t rush to pick up baby the moment she cries at night. She needs to learn that if she wakes in the night, she does not need you to help her fall back asleep again.
When it’s likely to happen: Baby should start crawling between six and nine months.
How to encourage it: Give baby plenty of tummy time and free playtime on the ground. You can get down on the ground with him and show him a bright-colored toy, then move the toy a foot away and coax him to move toward the object.
What if baby misses the mark: Don’t stress — he may be right on track anyhow. Some pediatricians don’t consider crawling a milestone, because a lot of infants won’t crawl at all. Doctors usually tells parents the definition of crawling is simply the method baby uses to get from one place to another. He could be wriggling on his tummy, rolling, scooting — it doesn’t have to be the typical hand-and-knees crawl most parents visualize.
When it’s likely to happen: Some infants start to roll as early as three months, but on average, it’s usually more like four to six months. Typically she’ll roll from front to back first, and then she’ll master rolling back to front. Very often, baby will get stuck and may get upset and cry. Remember, it’s important to avoid leaving baby alone on an elevated surface long before that age, since babies start wriggling enough to fall pretty early on.
How to encourage it: Get down on the ground and talk to baby, cheering her on. Hold blocks or toys just out of reach so she can flip over trying to reach them.
When it’s likely to happen: A baby should be smiling back at his parents around two months of age, but there are some instances when it may take a little longer, for example, if baby was born prematurely.
How to encourage it: You’re probably already doing it. Talk to baby and throw some smiles his way.
What if baby misses the mark: “Smiling is really one of those first milestones I’m looking for as a pediatrician,” says Dr. Tanya Altmann, MD. author of Mommy Calls. “If the baby isn’t smiling back at the parent by two months of age, I want to keep a close eye on him. Sometimes it will happen by three months, but if not, that’s when I’ll get concerned about possible neurological issues.”
When it’s likely to happen: Altmann estimates that about 50 percent of babies can sit — but probably pretty wobbly or propped up — at six months, but by eight months of age, she says they should be able to sit comfortably and more steadily on their own.
How to encourage it: With any motor milestone, your child needs an opportunity to learn, so be sure you’re giving her plenty of free time on the floor. If you’re always wearing baby, carrying her or strapping her in a swing or chair, it may take her longer to learn to push up, roll over, sit up, pull up to stand and walk.
When it’s likely to happen: It could be as early as six months, when baby sits up on his own, but it’s more likely to be closer to between eight and nine months, says Altmann — and it may take a few months total for baby to learn it. Waving is also usually learned around 8 to 10 months.
How to encourage it: Play patty-cake and other clapping games with baby. Your own clapping gets baby so excited, he’ll start to bring his hands together in an effort to clap along with you.
What if baby misses the mark: If, by the one-year pediatrician’s visit, your baby isn’t mimicking any of your actions — whether it’s clapping, waving or responding to you when you wave and say, “I’m over here” — then definitely let baby’s doctor know.
Pulling Up to Standing
When it’s likely to happen: Though most infants will pull themselves up to a standing position between 9 and 12 months, Altmann says it’s not unusual for it to happen even earlier — like eight months. “I warn parents at the six-month visit to drop the mattress down [in case] your infant pulls to stand in the middle of the night when you’re not aware that they can. You don’t want them to fall out!” You’ll also want to be aware of any furniture that baby could try to pull on that could tumble, like a top-heavy chair.
How to encourage it: Like with sitting, make sure baby gets lots of free-range playtime.
What if baby misses the mark: If she’s not pulling to stand by her first birthday, let your pediatrician know. “It doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with her, because she could be almost there,” says Altmann. “But I think it’s a good idea to check in with the doctor to make sure there’s nothing else going on.”
Cruising and Walking
When it’s likely to happen: Usually, around 9 to 12 months, after they learn to pull themselves to stand, babies start to cruise — teaching themselves to walk by holding on to furniture. “When they initially pull to stand, they’ll grab on, let go and drop down on their bottoms. But then they’ll figure out that they can hold on and walk along the couch,” says Altmann. “Within a couple weeks to a couple months, they’ll let go and take their first step.” She says to expect that around the one-year mark, but for some kids, it may not be until 15 months or even later.
How to encourage it: More floor play.
What if baby misses the mark: There’s probably nothing to be worried about, unless baby’s missing other milestones, but it’s worth a mention and maybe an evaluation by a physical therapist.
Reaching, Grasping, Holding
When it’s likely to happen: “At six months of age, babies can bring both hands to their midline. So if you were to hold a toy in front of them, they would bring both hands up and try to grab it,” says Altmann. But it’s not until about eight or nine months of age that they use a pincher grasp, using their thumb and forefinger. “This is when they can pick up small objects and bring them to their mouth — and often when parents start finger foods,” says Altmann. “You also have to be careful, because that’s when they bring other small objects up to their mouth as well.”
How to encourage it: Offer baby safe objects — colorful or noisy toys work well — to grab and jiggle.
What if baby misses the mark: If baby isn’t picking up small pieces of food and feeding himself by 12 months, let your pediatrician know.
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