Nanny Poem

I love this poem. I feel like it sums up a nanny’s career.  Do you have a favorite poem or quote that you would like to share? Comment with your favorite quote/poem/message.

A Childcare Provider

A willing partner for working moms,
she comforts, pampers, soothes and calms.
With all the love she has to share,
she’s great to have when mommy can’t be there.
She loves to rock a fussy child,
corrects the one that gets too wild.
She hears her share of tearful pleas,
and comforts those with skinned up knees.

With little children she plays games of peek,
for bigger ones it’s hide and seek.
She is an expert at each game,
but somehow loses just the same.

She helps them learn the alphabet,
and gives them hugs when they’re upset.
She gently tucks them in their beds,
with dreamland tales for sleepyheads.

She is a true and trusted friend,
who helps them learn and play pretend.
Although she’s paid, it’s plain to see,
she serves them with a love that’s free.

~Author unknown

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Infant Twins

Working with twins has been an interesting experience so far. Especially working with infant twins.  They interact and talk with each other by making noises and laughing.  When one starts to cry, the other starts to cry.  When one laughs, the other laughs. Sometimes I think they “feel” each other’s pain and joy.

The boys mimic everything you do. (Which they should be doing)  When you tap on a box, they tap on the box.  I noticed one of the boys even follows the same tapping pattern.

One of the boys isn’t moving around as much as the other. (They are at their own pace) One crawls around the floor and the other rolls around.  I had one of the boys on his feet while I was holding his hands and he followed my footsteps and “walked” for the first time. (Of course it was with my guidance, not on his own.  He doesn’t have the balance yet to walk on his own)

I’m off for christmas eve and christmas day! I hope you all have a great holiday!Screenshot

Sensory processing disorders in infants and toddlers

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Does your baby have colic? If so…you may want to consider that sensory processing disorder is the underlying cause…..

Have you ever worked with a infant/toddler with sensory processing disorder?  One of the Twins that I work with has sensory processing disorder. I will post more about this the more I work with him and learn about the disorder…

When to transition to a sippy cup

I was recently presented with the question “When is a good time to transition from a bottle to a sippy cup?”  I knew the answer was by the age of 12 months babies should be transitioning to a sippy cup.  This had me thinking: What is the best way to transition to a sippy cup? What should someone do if baby refuses to drink from a sippy cup?  I did some research on the topic and found a great article about it on babycenter.com.

Here is a summary of the article:

  • Some babies start using a sippy cup by 6 months but others aren’t interested until their first birthday.
  • The best way to transition is to start with a sippy cup that was a soft nipple-like spout (babies are used to this texture from using the bottle)
  • Show your baby HOW to drink from the sippy cup by doing it yourself
  • Important: whole milk should not be introduced until 12 months

For more information about this transition read the article below:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_sippy-cup-dos-and-donts_1439508.bc

The transition from formula to cow’s milk

Did you know that experts recommend transitioning babies from formula to cow’s milk when they are 12 months old.  You may be wondering why wait until 12 months? Well, babies cannot digest cow’s milk as easily as breast milk.  Cow’s milk has a high amount of protein and minerals- this can be difficult on a baby’s kidneys and digestive system.  Once a baby is 12 months he/she should be able to digest cow’s milk easily.

How much milk should a 12 month old drink?  “According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), most kids will get enough calcium and vitamin D if they drink 16 to 20 ounces (2 to 2 1/2 cups) of cow’s milk a day. Offer 1-year-olds whole milk…” (babycenter.com)

To read more about transitioning from formula to cow’s milk here are some articles I found:

Babycenter

Babble

What to Expect