Whats right for your family?
There is no right or wrong answer in choosing a nanny over a daycare, or vice versa. One will suit your needs more. It can be different for every family. Its a big decision and you want to weigh all the pros and cons of each. When it comes down to it, a lot of parents are choosing price over all other aspects.
The Pros and Cons of Daycare
- Daycare cost roughly $972. a month for one child.
- Your kiddos will be exposed to lots of germs.
- Staff turnover can be very high.
- You will have to get your kiddos dressed, fed (some daycares provide breakfast), and out the door.
- Daycares have set hours. Working late? Daycare doesn’t care, you need to pick the kids up within a 30 minute block of closing time.
- When your kids are too sick to go to daycare, you end up missing work as well.
- Your kids can pick up bad habits at daycare. Example: Kicking, screaming, bad words, etc.
Pros of Daycare
- If staff is sick or out, somebody will fill in. Your children will still be supervised by a teacher.
- Your kids will be exposed to social interaction and learn some great growth and personal skills. Social skills, sharing, and working together.
- Your child will be supervised by multiple adults at times.
- No need to pack a lunch. Daycare provides lunch and snacks.
- Set hours can be very helpful. You can always rely on having coverage for your kiddos Monday through Friday 7:00 am-6:00pm. (Hours can vary per daycare.)
The Pros and Cons of a Nanny
Cons of a Nanny
- Price is roughly $2,820 a month for one child.
- If your nanny calls out, you will be staying home with your kiddos.
- Nanny’s don’t always have a lot of learning activities through out the day like daycare does.
- It can be hard to find a good fit/nanny for your family.
- At first you will have a stranger in your home, and thats scary for most parents.
- Theres no guarantee your child won’t be mistreated.
Pros of a Nanny
- Nannies do light housework and child laundry.
- A nanny helps build consistency and stability with your child.
- A nanny will provide bonding and caring with a parental surrogate. This helps with child development.
- Your child is less likely to become sick from your nanny.
- Your child will form a one on one bond with their nanny.
- There is no rush in the morning to get your child up early, dressed and fed.
- Your nanny can feed the kids breakfast in the morning.
- Nannies tend to be more flexible with their schedules when you need to work late, or leave early in the morning.
- Your nanny can schedule play dates for social interaction.
- Your nanny will most likely become apart of the family.
Nannys and Daycares all have pros and cons. Pick what suits your family’s needs. If you have suggestions or feedback we would love to hear it. Comment below on how you chose one or the other.
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Being a new Dad can be scary, but the most rewarding feeling. There will be lots of things you didn’t know. You may feel unready or like this Dad thing wasn’t made for you. Good news is, all first time Dads are scared. Its very overwhelming at first. You will have many questions, don’t be afraid to ask. The hospital is a great learning time. Ask, ask, and then ask some more. Hospital staff has heard every question you could imagine.
We’ve heard it is the most beautiful thing to watch. It is, but be prepared to see the not so beautiful part about it too. Your love may pee or poo, there will be blood and stuff you didn’t know existed. Be understanding and helpful during this time. That beautiful woman of yours has a lot to worry about while birthing. Being embarrassed about normal bodily, birthing functions should not have to be one of them. Don’t bring up how gross, or light headed you were because she was going through something 100 times harder. Give her love and support. Tell her how beautiful and brave she is. Thank her for bringing your child into the world. Some significant others give a “Birthing Gift”. Just a heads up, you may cry like a little baby. It will give you tears of joy you didn’t see coming.
Baby’s need to burp after every feeding
Their wobbly heads make it hard to burp at first. Burping comes in many different positions. See which one works best for you. Have someone show you each way to burp and use the most comfortable to you. Spit up is very normal. Sometimes its seems like they spit up their whole feeding. It usually looks like more than what it is. If you feel they spit up excessively, talk to your doctor about GERD. Keep burp cloths handy. Keep baby upright 10-15 minutes after feeding. Keeping upright helps settle their tummy and should help with excessive spit ups.
Grab both ankles with one hand and clean bottoms and genitals with the opposite hand. Diapers can leak. Make sure you keep diapers snug to bodies to prevent leaking. Babies poo will be a dark black color, and tarry-looking for first few days. It will turn green and yellow earth tones when the meconium (sterile poo) has expelled itself from the intestines. Babies can poo several times a day. Its usually very evident when they need a diaper change. Faces and loud noises from that tiny body will surprise you.
Discuss with your wife if you will be using pacifiers or not. Some dads give pacifiers when left alone with the baby. Its a quick solution to crying in most cases. Sometimes pacifiers can cause nipple confusion. If your wife is planning on breastfeeding, make sure you and her discuss pacifier plan.
We all make mistakes when parenting. It happens, don’t be too hard on one another. First time parents should share things they learn, so they are on the same page. For example: My husband didn’t know babies shouldn’t have peanut butter before the age of one. We were scared and I was upset at first. Our baby is fine, no harm done (don’t try at home). We learned from it and tried to educate each other on bits we learned. Studies have varied since then so do your research. Help each other out and try to learn as much as possible in each month of your child’s development.
Have questions? Just ask. We have a community of parents asking the same thing.
Let us know what we left out and what helped you as a new dad.
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Postpartum depression is hard on the whole family, let us help.
Most moms feel like they have to handle everything, like society once portrayed. Times have changed, moms work, they have multiple children and many other projects or commitments they are engaged with. The number one cause of postpartum depression is a lack of sleep. It is very common, and is often not discussed because of pride or embarrassment.
Contact your doctor to get help. Often, antidepressants, sleep and or counseling is suggested. Within a few weeks, you should feel some normalcy.
What can we do to help? Let us care for your infant(s) while you sleep. Our experienced and educated night nurses will care for your newborn. Pumping or breastfeeding? Not a problem. Your night nurse will provide you with the baby or breast pumping equipment when its time. Your nurse will take care of cleaning and sterilizing your pumping equipment and putting your little one back to sleep.
Contact us today to get a night nanny in your home. Located in Denver metro area. Our night nannies will give your baby the care they need, so you can rest. You’re not your self when you are tired. Let us help!
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This Bel Air moms blog is fun, honest and to the point. We have teamed up and are bringing you the latest parenting info. She has great and helpful info for Moms and Dads. She featured us in her latest blog about sleep training your infant or toddler.
3 Easy Sleep Training Tips
Is your Infant not sleeping through the night? It can be very hard on a family when you have an infant waking up 2-4 times a night. Mom, dad, siblings and baby all become exhausted and irritated. A lack of sleep affects everyone in the household. Get more sleep for you and your family. These 3 tips can help you and your baby sleep through the night.
Make the nursery dark.
Use black out curtains, and cover all light in the room. Light from windows, underneath the door, humidifier light, monitor light, firearm light, cover it with a piece of tape. Make the room pitch black.
If you need to go into the nursery at night, use a red light. Less stimulating for an infant. This creates a womb like feel for the baby, and creates a sleep environment that won’t simulate baby if they wake in middle of night. Sleep training a child is hard, blacking out the room will make it easier for baby to continue sleeping.
White noise machine
When sleep training an infant a white noise machine on ocean or rain can be very helpful. You want the waves noises to be loud. You want it to drown out any noise going on outside the nursery room. Make sure to cover the lights on white noise machine.
Sleep training success doubles when creating a bedtime routine. Make a bedtime routine of 7 things/ habits. Examples: Change diaper, sing a song, lavender lotion, read books, pajamas, etc. 7 things you want to do before baby goes to sleep for the night. Start night time routine 30 minutes prior to bedtime every night.
If you have questions or need more assistance, sign up for our online session. Helping your family sleep through the night quickly.
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The hardest part about traveling with an infant or child is the fear of others being upset they may have to listen to a screaming kid the whole flight. Not knowing if your babies ears hurt. How do we ease our minds when traveling with a kid? We take a few important steps.
Surprisingly some kids do shockingly well. It can be exciting for a child. Its new, its fun, its distracting, and its a lot of attention from strangers.
Airlines allow families to board first. Get on the flight early and get snacks, milk, books, coloring books out to have ready when your child needs some distractions.
Time the flight around nap time.
Be sure to do all the same cues you use for nap time at home. Blanket, sound machine (headphones), warm milk, read a book. Whatever your routine is at home, try to mimic it on the plane.
Wear your baby on the plane.
If your infant is small enough to wear on the plane, it is advised to do so. If your child is older they have rolling, traveling car seats you can push or pull the child in. Strollers can be taken to the end of the gate as well.
Give nearby passengers goodie bags.
Pinterest has cute ideas on giving little goodie bags with ear plugs, candy and a little note apologizing if the kids are loud. If your kid(s) are old enough have them pass them out to a few people around them. This reminds the passengers how cute your kids are and that they are in fact children.
Carseats are considered “damaged”
after one use of travel. This is only if you check the car seat. You may want to look into renting a carseat if you are renting a vehicle. Lugging around a carseat can be a lot of work. If you can rent or use a family members, do so.
Toys, books, movies and food.
Make sure you have plenty of toys, movies, books and food for your little one. Distraction is key. Don’t forget their favorite blanket. Headphones can be helpful with noises. Make sure baby drinks while airplane is taking off and landing. This will help his hers pop.
Do you have some helpful travel tips we missed? Let us know, or comment below.
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How to prevent the bad germs getting into your child’s mouth.
Now a days our kids know how to use our phones, tablets, and computers better than we do. It is no surprise to see a child at a restaurant or play area with their hands attached to a phone, tablet or gameboy. That is how they are being educated and playing in todays society.
We also know kids don’t wash their dirty little hands like they should. Have you ever asked a toddler if they washed their hands after going potty? The answer is usually “yes” even though you know very well that little stinker did not wash their hands.
Dawipez has been created to help keep our kids safe from germs and bacteria that are created very quickly on our electronic devices. Easy to use and at your finger tips. Parents often keep them in the diaper bag or car for easy access and reminding. Don’t let your childs every day use make them sick. A healthier child, a healthier you, a healthier life.