50 Best Parenting Tips from Child Care Providers

Nannies, sitters and daycares share tips for raising babies and toddlers

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Children are raised by parents, family members, baby nurses, nannies, babysitters, daycare providers, teachers and many others. Most nannies and daycare teachers are professional childcare providers with years of experience. They know what they are talking about when it comes to raising babies and toddlers.

50 best tips from nannies, babysitters and daycare teachers:

  1. Drink tons of water after you give birth; it helps with breast milk production
  1. If you want baby to eventually take a bottle, introduce it after breastfeeding is established but before the 3-month mark. 
  2. Use Gripe Water to help baby's digestion. 
  3. Swaddle as tight as possible, you won't hurt the baby.
  4. If diaper changes trigger meltdowns, warm up the wipes (can just be warmed in your hands).
  5. Keep the diaper bag packed in advance.
  6. Always keep a change of baby clothes. In the beginning, you may also need a change of adult clothes.
  7. Talk to your baby, all day long (describe what you are doing, what you are looking at, etc)
  8. Stop obsessing about being tired. It won't last forever.
  9. Once a baby can sleep through the night, do not feed if baby wakes up during the night.
  10. Consistency in a schedule is about doing the same things in a pattern - not about the time of day you do it.
  11. For baby's first foods, feed vegetables before fruits.
  12. Best cure for diaper rash is to leave baby without diaper on as long as possible
  1. Always say goodbye when you leave your child. Do not sneak out.
  2. Separation anxiety is normal. If your kid cries when you leave, let nanny/sitter distract.
  3. Don't rush in when baby cries. Give baby time to learn to self soothe.
  4. Don't always use food as a distraction technique.  
  5. You can overfeed a baby. Listen to the baby's cues.
  1. You can change any habit or pattern in a few days, but you must stick with the change (sleep habits, pacifier use) 
  2. Use Baby Vicks to help fight a cold. Check out other home remedies.
  3. Make everything fun. Kids love to be silly.
  4. Get down on your kids level to play, to soothe and to discipline.
  5. Teaching baby sign language can help kid's verbalize needs, decrease frustration and may produce larger vocabulary.
  6. If your child is throwing toys or splashing during bath time   get bubble bath that has a wand inside and start blowing bubbles! (California baby bubble bath has a wand)
  7. Say "not allowed" instead of "no." "Not allowed" shows kids that certain behaviors are allowed while others are not.
  8. Don't jump in to help your child complete a task. Let them figure it out.
  9. Kids don't need shoes until they can walk.
  10. Allow kids to explore. 
  11. Offer two choices so kid feels in control. 
  12. If your kid seems fussy or unhappy, change the environment. 
  13. Manage transitions carefully. 
  14. if you can, try not use pull-ups. Using them prolongs potty training.
  1. Do not talk down or say mean things to your spouse in front of your child.
  2. Your child will survive without a nap.
  3. Remember they are just kids and they can't help certain emotions or behaviors.
  4. Divert and distract when you see a meltdown coming on. Use it as a preventative measure.
  5. If your kid is protesting the meal, make a rule that he takes at least 1 bite.
  6. Try to set aside time on a regular basis to do something fun with your child.
  7. If your child tantrums, support emotionally but don't give in to the request. Giving in shows them that tantrums are effective.
  8. Never disagree with your partner about discipline in front of the children.
  9. Never give an order, request, or command without being able to enforce it at the time.
  10. Be consistent with discipline - reward or punish the same behavior in the same manner as much as possible.
  11. Don't redo what they've done, whether it is cleaning up or coloring. 
  12. Let them solve simple problems. 
  13. Assign a chore. Toddlers embrace responsibility.
  14. Allow kids to use utensils at a young age so they can explore and figure out how to use them.
  15. Mom and dad are a team - build each other up don't break each other down. Tips for getting dad more involved.
  16. Children are born with their own distinct personality traits. Don't try to change your child's personality.
  17. Once you think you figured something out, something new comes up.
  18. Don't worry so much...you are doing a good job.

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