Friday, April 29, 2011

Safe Sleep for Babies

This article comes from Hennepin County MN website - the link is posted below.

April 4, 2011 - Safe Sleep for Babies is an information campaign designed to save babies lives by educating their caretakers about safer sleeping arrangements.

The need was recognized by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, which reviewed five years of infant death data and discovered clear patterns of unsafe sleep arrangements. They include infants sleeping on soft couches or in adult beds.

Just by taking a few simple steps for safe baby sleep, an estimated half of all Medical Examiner-certified infant deaths in sleep-related environments may have been preventable.

The Safe Sleep campaign is a partnership among Hennepin County staff from the county's Human Services and Public Health Department and a number of community and government agencies that deal with children. They are working together to get the word out about the Safe Sleep Top 10 Tips.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Are you looking for drop-in arts and crafts, storytime and playtime?  Check out Kiddywampus in St. Louis Park.  They have Open Studio, Kiddyplay, Kiddyparties and KiddyClasses (including camps).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Unemployment as a Nanny

Regarding Nannies ran this on their blog and we thought it would be helpful to you. Thanks to Regarding Nannies for letting us share this.

by Tom Breedlove, Breedlove & Associates

In the last couple of years, most American workers have felt the financial trauma of being unemployed – either personally or through someone close to them. It’s a scary feeling to suddenly find yourself without a job and desperately wondering how you’re going to pay for your next meal.

To help alleviate the financial anxiety of joblessness, each state has established an unemployment system to help workers make ends meet while they look for work. The state systems each utilize a general fund, which is paid for by assessing each employer with a small tax on each dollar of payroll.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Potty Training 101

Recently a nanny inquired about how to start potty training. She hadn't done this previously and was looking for some tips. I thought it might be a good idea to give you my ideas on potty training. After years working in a child care center with all ages, specifically as the lead toddler teacher, and 21+ years as a nanny I've been through this many times. However, don't forget there are lots of websites, blogs and chat rooms that discuss ideas about this very subject that can be helpful in creating your own process for toilet training children.

Remember that any type of behavioral modification takes time and requires your patience. Each child reacts differently to the process. While some catch on quickly and are successful, others may struggle and need to have more time or try again later. Comparing one child with another will just be frustrating - keep in mind each child is an individual.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Infant Care Resource

Those of you caring for newborns and young babies may be looking for a resource for information. You may find some helpful informaiton from this blog Written by Newborn Care Specialist, Cortney Gibson, there are some practical tips for caring for infants and babies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Handprint Tulips

by Kelly Miller

Now that the baby I have been nannying for is 1-year-old, I am looking for some fun spring projects to do with him.  He loves to finger paint, so I know he will enjoy doing this easy project.

First, paint the child's forearm green (from elbow to wrist).  Stamp 3-4 "stems" on paper.  Next, make tulip "flowers" by dipping child's fingers and hand in paint (not thumb).  Keep fingers close together, and stamp on top of the stems.  Older children can add thumbprint caterpillars, butterflies, grass, etc.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Encouraging Responsibility

I don’t know a parent or nanny who doesn’t place a high priority on building responsibility in children, but encouraging skills can be a challenge. Knowing how to incorporate building skills into the daily routine and what to expect from all ages of children are important considerations. We should start by defining responsibility; responsibility can be thought of as respect for the rights of others and personal accountability for one’s actions.

Responsible children need the opportunity to practice and learn skills from adults who are patient through the process. There are several areas where adults can make an impression in the area of responsibility.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Household Employer Facts

Our friends at Breedlove & Associates have provided the following information and we are passing it onto you. You'll find their direct contact information within this article so that you can connect with them about any questions you might have.

Most new household employers assume the "nanny tax" obligations will be expensive and tedious. They don't have to be.

As a service to you, we have partnered with Breedlove & Associates, the nation's leader in household payroll and tax compliance services. This family-owned firm specializes in helping busy families eliminate the headaches, hassles and risks of being an employer. And they can show you how to take advantage of tax breaks that can offset (sometimes even exceed) your tax costs.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Earth Day Bars

Homemade Fruit BarsCelebrate the planet's natural delights by baking a batch of these sweet snacks filled with a harvest of ingredients from all around the world.

Here's some background info on the tasty add-ins:

Raisins: California, the only place in the United States that harvests the grapes used to make raisins, is the world's No. 1 supplier.

Pineapple: Thailand produces approximately 20 percent of the world's pineapple crop, surpassing the Hawaiian Islands.

Brazil nuts: The complex growing environment this tree crop requires prevents it from being grown on farms. Instead, it's harvested directly from the rain forests of Brazil, Peru, and other South American countries.

Chocolate: Africa's Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa beans, the ingredient that gives chocolate its unique, irresistible flavor.

Coconut: The Philippines and Indonesia are the world's leading producers of copra, or coconut meat.