The Nannyplus Blog

Paediatric first aid training 14 Jan 17

November 29th, 2016

Need a refresher or a full Paediatric first aid Ofsted compliant certificate? We are hosting a course, which will be held in Cheadle on Sat 14th Jan 2017. Act fast only a couple of spaces still available. This is a blended learning course that requires pc access prior to the course.
Course specifically designed around childcare needs. Highly recommended by over 300 of our registered nannies who have undertaken the course.
Cost is £75. Call 07766290802


 Sweet Dreams: Tips on how to help your baby sleep

November 15th, 2016

Sleep is a valuable commodity as a parent, and getting your baby to sleep through the night is an art that some find harder to master than others. In fact, 17% of babies wake up more than once a night. However, achieving that restless night’s sleep isn’t rocket science, nor is it impossible for some babies and tots. It simply takes patience, time and a little trial and error.

To help you get to grips with baby sleep  pattern, we’ve compiled a handy guide that explores the topic in more detail:

Is sleep training recommended?

Sleep deprivation is extremely common amongst parents – and not just new mums and dads. According to Netmums and The Children’s Sleep Charity, it affects 35% of parents; over half of those surveyed said their children wake at least once during the night.

But is it right to train your baby’s natural sleep patterns? This depends entirely on the age of the baby and your technique. It’s important to note that a child’s sleep cycle is much shorter than an adult’s. So rather than trying to encourage your baby to sleep through the night, it’s better to aim for consistency.

During the first six months, infants rarely have a sleeping pattern. However, if your child still hasn’t developed a routine after this point, it might be time to evaluate the routine. The aim here is twofold: to reduce the number of times your baby wakes up, and encourage them to return to sleep when they do.

Bedtime often comes with tears and knowing whether to pander to crying or not is a common quandary faced by parents. While the ‘cry it out’ technique is generally not recommended, as it raises your baby’s levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), there are several steps you can take to promote a quiet night’s rest.

Let us explore just a few of these techniques:

Develop a routine

The key to sleeping through the night is consistency. Life may seem a little chaotic as a parent, especially when settling in with your newborn, but it’s vital to develop a sense of routine as early as you can.

Set a bedtime for your baby and, where possible, stick to it. Establish an order for those nursery duties leading up to lights out, so that your baby can learn to recognise the signals that it’s nearly time for sleep. In doing so, you’ll find it much easier to settle down on an evening.

 Create a calm environment

Rest is just as important as sleep for those growing little bodies, so create an environment where your baby can settle down into slumber before it’s time for bed. Dim the lighting, switch on the cot mobile, and keep pets and siblings clear of the nursery, so you can encourage a sense of fatigue to swoop over your baby.

Cuddling and feeding your child before bed is a natural instinct, and can help to calm your baby in those hours and minutes prior to sleep. If your baby is crying out for attention from their crib, leave a short interval to see if the moment will pass, before going to soothe them into a more relaxed state of mind.

 Take your time

Rushing your baby from bottle, to bath, to bed is hardly going to leave them feeling calm and sleepy. Stress and anxiety will only rub off on your child and make a sound night’s sleep less likely.

Make sure you are relaxed and at ease on a night. Take your time going through the motions, so that you can treasure those bath time moments and give your baby the space they need to lull into sleep.

Meanwhile, when your baby wakes up in the night, ensure they get the attention they need. You’ll soon get a feel for whether they’re hot, cold, hungry or lonely – so don’t rush those midnight feeds and cuddles. Most of all, it’s critical you place them back in their own crib when they are settled.

Understand your baby

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for your little one’s sleep routine. So pick up on the body language and reactions of your baby:

Do they respond well to rocking and singing, or do they tend to nod off when left to calm down in their crib? Do they thrive on afternoon naps, or perhaps these distract from a full night’s rest? Is their diet affecting their sleep patterns, and if so how?

By getting a feel for what works and what doesn’t, you can begin to develop an understanding with your baby, to adapt to their body clock and make those night-time routines come naturally. While you’re unlikely to find a silver bullet to the solution, you should be able to encourage a more restful night for all.

Practice makes perfect where parenting is concerned, and the satisfaction that comes from a sound night’s sleep is hard to beat. Give these expert tips a go to lull your baby or tot into a peaceful slumber, and you’ll soon begin to see that bedtime routine as child’s play.

Struggling to establish a routine with your baby? Our sleep consultants/ night nannies are here to help, support and guide on the approach that works for you and your family because no two babies are the same.  For more information, email support@nannyplus.co.uk or call 01925 768188 today.


Can I afford a Nanny?

November 7th, 2016

 

 

Juggling the demands of childcare can be difficult at times. Owing favours to friends and family members, ferrying to and from the childminder… ‘if only I could afford a nanny to make life that little bit easier,’ we often hear parents say.

 There’s a strong preconception that nannies are reserved for the wealthiest households, but how much does it realistically cost to bring a nanny on board for your children? Well, perhaps not as much as you might think…

Since the economic downturn, more mums have been returning to work earlier following the birth of their child, albeit working longer hours over fewer days. As such, the traditional route of using a nursery isn’t always an option for parents. Even when it is, you’re still faced with cooking and nursery duties, eating into your quality time with the children when you get home.

Nannies, on the other hand, slot around your schedule, giving parents the flexibility they need to balance their work and childcare commitments. Many also assist with other duties, such as preparing food and family chores, meaning they provide a distinct advantage in terms of the added help and value they bring to busy parents’ lifestyles.

Research undertaken by Nannyplus Childcare Limited, in association with a leading payroll provider, suggests that while employing a nanny may not initially appear to be the cheapest option, it offers distinct advantages for working parents.

Of course, employing a nanny does bring with it responsibilities for tax, national insurance and pension contributions, as well as paid annual leave and maternity. However, the terms can be as flexible as you like. Whether you’re looking for full time childcare, wrap-around support or temporary help over the holidays, your obligations will be proportional to the contract agreement.

 

It’s also worth noting that you can redeem childcare vouchers against the cost of employing an Oftsed-registered nanny. This gives you greater flexibility with your childcare options, without putting the strain on your budget.

 

In essence, for parents returning to work, the freedom and convenience nanny services provide often far outweigh the cost and obligations. So if you’ve considered employing a nanny, but you’re unsure whether or not you can afford one, it might be an option worth exploring….

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