BabyDam Bath Divider

  Products Nannies Love The BabyDam Bathtub Divider is a great way to bathe a baby that can sit up on their own in a regular sized tub. BabyDam Bathtub Divider can be used at either end of the tub. If you wish to use it at the opposite end of the tub from the […]

Slow Cooker Braised Pork With Polenta

Cooking for Kids I love using the slow cooker to make dinner for my nanny family. The kids come home from school, and the parents from work, with a house filled with a warm welcoming aroma of the dinner they are about to be served. I found this delicious recipe in Cooking Light magazine. To […]

Use Age-Appropriate Books to Talk to Kids About Hurricane Irma

Children’s Books About Hurricanes Reading children’s books is always a great way to discuss difficult topics with children. Today I am sharing some children’s books to help nannies, au pairs, and parents have age-appropriate discussions about hurricanes with children. I found these book reviews a year ago by Elizabeth Kennedy and Susan Larson during a […]

4 Books that Teach Us About Patriotic Songs

Labor Day Children’s Books For Labor Day most Americans are attending parades hearing patriotic songs that we all have known since childhood. Here are my favorite children’s books that describe the stories behind some of my favorite songs.  My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rightsby Claire Rudolf Murphy […]

SNOO Sleeper by Dr. Harvey Karp

Is Swaddling a Baby to a Bed with Safety Clips Helpful or Hype? I am a complete and total Dr. Harvey Karp aficionado. Dr. Karp explains that swaddling is an excellent way to help newborns have a good night’s sleep. Dr. Karp cites a study from 2002 that babies who are swaddled, or wrapped tightly […]

When Punishments and Rewards No Longer Work

Listen with Empathy to Motivate Older Kids Have you ever noticed that as kids age using rewards and punishments that used to motivate them as young children, no longer work at encouraging them to behave? The reason for this is that as kids get older, their motivation becomes intrinsic. In an article on verywell.com, Kendra […]

Portable Vibrating Products to Calm Newborns

Products Nannies Love I love Dr. Harvey Karp’s concepts of how to comfort newborns in his book The Happiest Baby on the Block. Through his work with newborns, pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp found that most fussy babies are soothed by harnessing the calming reflex through “shushing” and constant motion reminiscent of the womb. Click here […]

Children’s Books About 4th of July

Weekly Trip to the Library Next week American’s celebrate their Independence from Great Britain on the 4th of July. Independence Day is commonly celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, political speeches and ceremonies celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Get the kids in your care in the mood for the […]

Patriotic Cake Roll

Cooking for Kids Independence Day is coming up on the Fourth of July. Making red, white, and blue desserts using berries is an expected treat for the national holiday. Click here to see the original recipe for this Berry Angel Food Cake Roll. To make the recipe even easier we used an angel food cake […]

Firework Rings

Fourth of July Craft I’m not sure where I first saw this simple Fourth of July craft but I have been making it for years with my nanny kids. Any aged child — from preschool to teen — can make these easy, inexpensive rings in just a few minutes.  Experiment cutting the pipe cleaners in […]