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Date Night
Relationship
NannyConnie™
July 24, 2017
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Have you ever looked across the room and your heart skipped a beat? Think about how you and your mate met, nobody else probably thinks the way you met is romantic but the two of you think it should go in a book or movie. That’s the way it’s supposed to be after you have a child as well. The same love that you and your partner shared before the baby should continue after the baby is born. It will take the both of you to make the necessary adjustments to get back on track.

Date-night is super important, it can be something as simple as taking a ride to the ice cream shop, an evening drive, or sitting somewhere quiet just to be able to talk with your mate without any interruptions. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top. Just appreciate each other, let each other know the sacrifices you both have made are not going unnoticed. Communication keeps the nucleus of the family together. It’s not all about you, it doesn’t stop after the first date, first kiss, or saying I do. After you start your family that is really when the dating begins. Make plans together, continue to love each, and just be the parent!

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Sleep Tight
Sleep
NannyConnie™
July 16, 2017
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Is everyone in the house sleep deprived because of a child that wakes up crying in the middle of the night? I have a few suggestions because I know the last thing you want to do is place them in your bed. The key here is to be consistent and patient with the process of getting your child to sleep through the night in their OWN room.

For infants, first sit in a comfortable chair in their room, DO NOT ROCK. Put a burp cloth on you so that it captures your smell. That way when you lay them down you can lay them on the burp cloth and they’ll think you’re still holding them. Hum so they can feel the vibration of the hum and the beat of your heart. Be sure to gently stroke them. Make sure you remain calm because they can absolutely sense your frustration.

For toddlers, if you have not already, you should invest in a youth bed that has a trundle underneath. Pick one that you like because you’re about to spend many nights there. Alter nights with your partner remember you’re in this together. When it is bed time, put them in their bed, and when they come to your room or begins crying for someone, walk them back to their bed and stay in the room with them. If they cry, remember that this has become a habit of something they want you to do in the night. This will pass, stay strong, and you got this! Parenting is chess not checkers! Just Be The Parent!

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Bug Bites
Activities
NannyConnie™
June 26, 2017
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The best way to avoid insect bites is to avoid woody areas or standing water. Don’t keep your child inside and sheltered to avoid getting bit, bugs travel inside your home too. You can enjoy a backyard barbecue, just plan ahead by treating your yard with a natural repellant. Another way to help avoid those annoying flying creatures, dress yourself and your child in light colored clothing, and use products with 20% deet on skin and clothing. Be careful with repellant products, avoid the areas near and around the mouth, eyes, and ears.

In the event your child experiences a bite from an insect or tick, don’t panic! Remove the child from the area where the insects may be swarming. Wash the bite area with soap and water. Don’t scrub the child’s skin to death, just wash it and apply an ice pack to help with swelling. The bite will definitely be uncomfortable to the child, feel free to give your child a good antihistamine or pain reliever. You want to keep them from scratching the area to eliminate further infection. Things like this will happen, don’t feel guilty if your child gets attacked when you take them outside. Have fun and stay safe! Just be the parent!

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Splash Safety
Safety
NannyConnie™
June 26, 2017
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Ok parents, here’s where I get nervous and yes, I want this blog to scare you. It’s alright to start swimming lessons early with your baby, but definitely wait until your baby gains head control first. There are plenty of parent child classes for you to participate in with your baby. Take a first aid and CPR course before introducing your child to the water, these skills will help you to think and act fast in the event something happens. If you have a pool at home please keep the doors and gates secured to avoid any accidents. Never leave your child alone near water, that includes your bathtubs and buckets. Kids are quick and fast, so always keep your eyes on them when they are near or in water.

Water play is something most children will enjoy and have so many precious memories to reflect on later. Let’s do our part and keep them safe. Make sure you follow the proper guidelines for safety gear, and have fun while your baby learns something new.

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