By Amy Lage, Sleep Consultant and Founder at Well Rested Baby
IT’S HERE! Daylight Savings Time arrived this Sunday, March 8th! I look forward to this day each year as it means spring is not far behind. The buds will soon be appearing on the arms of the tree branches and flower bulbs will soon be
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By Nanny XOne of the biggest grievances for employers is when their nannies suddenly take a day or even a week off sick. It’s not that ordinary people don’t understand that everyone from time to time becomes unwell. In particular, nannies who work with young children are routinely exposed to all kinds of infections. No … it’s more the fact that many employers crisis-manage: that is, deal with an issue when it arises. They also don’t like last-minute surprises – you know, that 7 am call Monday morning when you’re due in at work by 8:30 am. Some of us genuinely can’t help a last-minute call but let’s be honest, it’s rare. Most of us begin to experience symptoms before we become incapacitated. If we think our symptoms are getting worse we should mention it to our employer – just to give them a head’s up. We should also help our employer have a plan B. It’s smart to bring the subject up. It shows you are invested in the position, that you care about your employer’s own job and that you think outside the box. What’s my Plan B? Your plan b should be a person or a few persons that you know very well (not an acquaintance) who could jump in at a moment’s notice in your absence. Most of us know someone who works piece-meal or is in-between positions or works an unorthodox schedule or who is retired and doesn’t need to work full-time. It might even be a relative. The main point is that the person is a good, safe childcare replacement. The person should be introduced to the family prior to any emergency. Perhaps your family could give her a trial on a date-night or a weekend? Why have a back-up Plan?
- It shows you are proactive
- It demonstrates your long-term commitment to the position
- It takes care of a potentially big problem for your employers
The summer has come and gone all too quickly – right? In a few days time nannies all over the US will be pulling on jackets and going back to work. But unlike most other professions, our schedules can change on a dime – and especially this time of the year … so here are 5 tips to
- Pick baby up when ever he cries
- Wear baby at all times unless he is asleep in his crib
- Feed on demand
- Respond to his every need immediately
- Let him nap no matter what time it is or takes
- Birth bonding: The first few hours after birth are regarded as very important to promote attachment.
- Belief in the signal value of your baby’s cries: Parents are encouraged to learn to understand their baby’s cries and respond quickly and appropriately to them.
- Breast-feeding: This is regarded to have physical and psychological advantages to both mother and child.
- Baby-wearing: The term was first used by Dr. Sears and it means carrying the baby in a sling or other carrier, close to the body of the caregiver.
- Bedding close to baby: Sleeping in the same room and preferably in the same bed as the baby is encouraged, as is frequent (breast)feeding at night.
- Balance and boundaries: Appropriate responsiveness (knowing when to say yes and when to say no) is needed to keep a healthy family alive.
- Beware of baby trainers: Instead of taking advice about how to ‘train’ the baby to make it cry less and sleep for longer stretches, parents are encouraged to listen to their own instinct and intuition.
By Nanny X,
summer can usher in a very different schedule and pace for nannies. Some of us used to working around the fixed school calendar and in a certain locale can find it hard to adjust. But the summer can be an opportunity to embrace new things, experiences and challenges. Here are 5 tips to