Clover Necklaces, Bracelets and Tiaras

Creative Wednesdays My Nanny Family’s yard is full of blooming clover. So I taught my nanny kids how to make clover chains. We picked blooming clovers with long stems to make jewelry. One of my nanny kids even made up her own way to make clover chains. Her video instructions are included below. Braid Chain […]

20 + Amazon Prime Day Products for Nannies

Amazon Prime Day starts on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Tuesday, July 17. If you are not a Amazon Prime member already, you can still shop the sale by signing up for a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Prime. If you don’t want a future membership just cancel the […]

Amber Teething Necklaces: Helpful or Hype?

Products Nannies Love Parenting and nanny message boards are filled will discussions about Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces.Baltic amber necklaces are made to wear but not to chew on. Baltic amber necklaces are a homeopathic treatment to help reduce teething pain. The theory is that baltic amber contains a natural analgesic, succinic acid, that can be absorbed […]

Fourth of July Crafts

Independence Day Fun In the United States is America the 4th of July is filled with parades, barbecues, and fireworks to celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Here are some easy crafts I made with my nanny kids  to bring with them to their local holiday parade. The finished projects may look […]

Importance of Nannies Providing Supervised Tummy Time

For centuries babies were put to sleep on their tummies. But now The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that healthy infants be placed on their backs for sleep. Putting babies to sleep on their backs decreases their chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Since 1992, when the AAP began recommending this sleep position […]

Cloth Diapers that Grow with the Baby

Products Nannies Love For this Sunday Product Review I recommend the Bambino Mio, Miosolo Diaper all-in-one cloth diaper which is as easy to use as a disposable. The diaper is one size meaning it will grow with the baby from birth until they potty train. What I like is that the size of the diaper […]

Household Duties Create Competent, Self-Reliant and Connected Children

The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey Did you know doing laundry is an opportunity to learn competence? It’s true. And cleaning the dinner table and loading the dishwasher is an opportunity for children to build their self-esteem. Helping prepare their own school lunch and packing it themselves helps children gain autonomy. In her book, […]

Hip Seat Carriers

Products Nannies Love My Mother had two babies born 11-months apart and always said hips are made for Mother’s to carry babies. She would put one baby on each hip. Today, there are dozens of hip waistbands made to help caregivers carry babies and toddlers. I prefer the Windsleeping Baby Carrier with Hip Seat, LÍLLÉbaby, […]

Cancellation Policies, Minimum Hours and Holiday Rates for Sitters

Work Agreements for Babysitters It’s a waste of a babysitter’s precious time when parents cancel, or reduce the number of hours they will work, at the last minute. For underemployed nannies, babysitting jobs are often needed to pay the bills. For those who rely on babysitting jobs to make ends meet, last minute cancellations can […]

How Nannies Should Respond When Someone Asks, “When Are You Going to Get a Real Job?”

“Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Harvey MacKay After working as a nanny for 25 years I know all to well that much of our society does not value nannies. As with most jobs in childcare in the United States, nannies are often undervalued. The […]