|Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby|
|You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.|
|Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn|
|When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!|
As you consider a career as a nanny, you may want to get your start through informal babysitting. In fact, many babysitters in Los Angeles transition into fulltime nanny work because their informal activities allow them to discover that they really enjoy child care. If you are at a crossroads in your career choices, and love working with children, babysitting provides an excellent means of exploring your interests.
It's important for a nanny to choose that career path because it is an interest and because it provides a sense of accomplishment. Creating a professional perception of nannies requires that those who pursue the discipline portray professionalism. Too many people view nannies as glorified babysitters, and it's important as you consider this career that you approach even the simplest jobs professionally. Babysitters in Los Angeles run the gamut from teens that need to earn a few dollars to grandmothers who are living on fixed incomes. Even at these extremes, though, it's possible to portray a positive image of nannies and babysitters in Los Angeles.
|Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch|
|If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.|
|Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped|
|At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.|
If you are at the younger end of the spectrum, you need to portray a sense of commitment with your babysitting clients. Whether your job is an hour or overnight, you must portray maturity to those who entrust you with their children. Create a checklist of important data, and fill it out for each client you work with. Include important details about the children you will care for, and allow the parents to observe your notes. Provide them with tangible evidence of your commitment.
Obtain formal first aid training. Carry certification cards with you, and use these to demonstrate your commitment to child safety. Babysitters in Los Angeles will have more opportunities for repeat jobs when they gain the trust and confidence of the parents they work for. These part-time opportunities may easily transition into full-time caregiver positions.
Be willing to ask for references from frequent babysitting clients. Opportunities for babysitters in Los Angeles to transition to full-time child care providers often come about due to excellent references. Make the most of your relationships with those who can make positive recommendations. Whether you continue in an informal part-time role with your initial clients, or whether your position becomes more formal, using every opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism will pay off. Babysitters in Los Angeles can earn the respect and appreciation of informal clients, allowing that transition to a career as a nanny.
|Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings|
|When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!|
|Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad|
|Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.|