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Staying at home to care for your child allows you to have full control over their care. You're also able to witness all stages of their development. But, you may miss working and your household income will be lessened.
Help your infant feel secure by showering them with affection. Babies younger than 6 months cannot be spoiled, so feel free to respond to their cries immediately. Hug, kiss and hold them as much as you can.
Talk with your older child about their feelings and pay attention to what they say. Set aside time with just your older child, like a private cuddle or trip to the grocery store. Make sure they feel as important as they always have been.
Daycare can provide classes such as art and music, and they're strictly regulated by the government. But, they don't have individualized care and kids in daycare may get sick more often. Also, parents must abide by the daycare's schedule.
A well-cared-for baby seems clean and content, without any injuries. Your baby should seem excited to see the sitter and vice versa. A good sitter will tell you about anything that happens during the day and any concerns she may have about the baby.
Ask around to find a babysitter. Ask your doctor, friends and neighbors. Or find an agency that hires out pre-screened sitters.
Online babysitting services and sites charge a fee. Always ask for references from a potential sitter and always call them. Schedule an interview to discuss their previous experience and emergency training skills.
On the babysitter's first day, ask them to come over half an hour early. Walk them through the baby's schedule and show them the fire escape routes and emergency numbers. Show your sitter how to mix the baby's food.
If you didn't already have medical insurance, your state's Children Health Insurance Protection Program may be able to offer affordable health insurance for your baby.
To help your pet adjust, bring home a disc of baby noises. Have your pet sniff or sleep on a blanket your baby has used. Ask your friend to bring their baby over so the pet can adjust to being around a baby.
Before you choose anyone as a nanny, ask for their references. And know that you'll have legal paperwork and a steep price of around $500 per week for the best care for your child.
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