Skip Using Pull-Ups

Potty Training: What Science Shows A lot has been learned about child development since I graduated college in the 90s. So, I am listening to the courses from Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive on Audible by Peter M. Vishton, Professor at The College of William and Mary to see what clinical discoveries have […]

Should Parents Give their Nannies Mother’s Day Gifts?

10 Reasons to Give Gifts to Nannies It’s no secret that the relationship between busy working mothers and the nannies who help to care for their children can be a bit strained. Mothers go to great lengths to find the perfect nanny, then agonize about whether or not the children might love her more when […]

Leprechaun Trap

Saint Patrick’s Day Fun Irish folklore describes leprechaun as little fairies. Legend says they keep pots of gold at the ends of rainbows. Every Saint Patrick’s Day my nanny kids and I make leprechaun traps along with thousands of kids around the world. I make a trail of leprechaun footprints out of green colored paper […]

Should Kids Be Forced to Play with Everyone at the Playground or at Recess?

I volunteer at my nanny kid’s school when I can. While observing recess my nanny kid and her friend asked two other girls if they could play with them. One of the other girls said, “I am just playing with Anna today but can play with you tomorrow.” My nanny kid said, “okay,” and happily […]

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 […]

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 […]

8 Best Baby Nasal Aspirators

Products Nannies Love Babies 12 months and younger breathe solely through their noses. It’s difficult for most children to blow their own noses until three-years-old. That makes nasal aspirators are a must have tool for nannies when working with infants. Bulb Aspirators have the most simple design, are easy to use, inexpensive, but have a […]

“Mossy” by Jan Brett and Activities

Weekly Trip to the Library Mossy is an eastern box turtle who loves the pond so much that she spends all of her time there. Moss, plants, and flowers begin to take root on her shell. Dr. Carolina and her niece Tory are thrilled to find Mossy in the reeds, and they take her up […]

10 Ways for Parents to Respect Nanny Professional Boundaries

If parents are reasonable and conscientious about respecting job boundaries of their caregivers, they will get better job performance from their nannies. 10 Ways for Parents to Respect Nanny Professional Boundaries: 1. Sign a work agreement.  Detail the job responsibilities, house rules, emergency procedures, work schedule, vacation and sick time procedures, compensation, pay frequency, communication […]