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Halloween Safety Tips!

Halloween Safety Tips!

Happy October!  A month that is filled with all the quintessential things such as pumpkin spice, apple cider, cooler weather, crunchy leaves, pumpkins and let’s not forget Halloween.  Many of our children have been waiting all year to put on their favorite costume and run around the neighborhood to collect all their most enjoyed candies.  However, many of you may still be slightly nervous about letting your children trick or treat this year with the concern of COVID-19.  As cases have dropped in Los Angeles County and the CDC has given the green light to trick or treating this year there are still many precautions and safety tips to remember. We are sharing some helpful safety tips this holiday so you and your family can all enjoy Halloween together!

Accompanied Adult

A responsible adult should always accompany small children throughout the neighborhood.  If your child is going out alone with friends be sure to leave them with a flashlight and even a cell phone for anything that may come up.

Slow Down

With many pedestrians and cars in the neighborhood, be sure to keep an eye out for darting children.  Drive slowly and make sure your vehicles headlights are turned on though out the evening even if it’s still light outside.

Check for Allergens

If you child has a food allergy, be sure to check the ingredient label on commercially wrapped candy to make sure they don’t contain any allergens.  Remember to skip any homemade treats as you may not be sure of what they contain.  You may even see some homes that have a teal colored pumpkins which indicates they are a home that is aware of food allergies and are raising awareness for others!

Costume Safety

To make sure your child is easily seen try decorating their treat bag or costume with reflective tape or stickers.  Also, try and use light colors if possible and have your child hold glowsticks or flashlights with them to be seen by drivers.

Around The House

When decorating the inside of your home always consider fire safety.  Do not over crowd electrical outlets with lighting and special effects.  Keep your carefully carved jack-o-lanterns away from window drapes, decorations, and any other flammable materials.  A battery-operated candlelight is a great safe option for indoor use!

Accessories

Many of our children’s costumes require props and accessories to add to the fun!  To make sure they are safe while trick or treating try to include accessories that are made from cardboard or flexible materials.  Do not allow children to carry around sharp objects that could harm themselves or others.  Try something like these fun and soft pirate costume props!

Please remember some of these safety tips this year before heading out to collect your treats.  We hope you and your family share a happy and safe Halloween this year in your neighborhood!

National Nanny Recognition Week! (September 19th-25th)

National Nanny Recognition Week! (September 19th-25th)

Do you have a rockstar nanny that supports you and your littles each day?  If so, National Nanny Recognition Week (September 19th-25th) is the perfect time to celebrate them and show them your gratitude and appreciation.  This is also an opportunity for your children to say thank you to their nanny for being a positive role model in their life.  Remembering to say thank you is so important, and we are sharing some ideas on how you and your children can show them your gratitude!

A SPECIAL MEAL

Food is always a great way to honor someone for National Nanny Recognition Week! Prepare their favorite meal for them and have your child(ren) act as servers to make it fun and extra special.  If cooking is not your thing, you can also order take-out from DoorDash, Grubhub or UberEats, and have food delivered right to their homes quickly and safely!

SURPRISE PAID TIME OFF

National Nanny Recognition Week is a wonderful opportunity to offer an extra day of paid time off to your hardworking nanny.  It can offer him or her some extra time for those errands they haven’t been able to get around to or maybe they would like to just hang at home and watch Netflix all day.  Either way you cannot go wrong with this fun surprise!

SPA DAY OR MANI/PEDI VOUCHER

Caring for kiddos can be physically and emotionally demanding.  A gift card to a nearby spa or nail salon is a wonderful way to say thank you and may be just what you nanny needs to relax on her free time!

MAKE A MEMORY BOOK

Your nanny probably spends many long days with your little ones and each day creates special moments big and small.  Put together some photos or take some new photos to put together into a memory book that you nanny can hold special to their heart!

BONUS

Write a letter of appreciation to your nanny and then gift them a bonus!  Maybe they’ve been saving up for something special like a class with Newborn Care Solutions or membership to the INA? This would give them just enough to finally splurge on themselves!  Additionally, it shows them how grateful you are to them for being such an important part of your lives. 

WORDS OF KINDNESS

Thank your nanny and tell them how wonderful they are and highlight some of their best qualities. It feels good to be loved and hear positive things about yourself! Words of kindness go a long way and can really make a person feel appreciated. Above all, words of kindness make the world a better place!  Read some of our testimonials and the kind words our families have said about their nannies here

A SMALL GIFT

Who doesn’t love to receive a small gift as a token of appreciation?  Maybe they love coffee, or jewelry, or could use some new gear for camping?  For safe and contactless delivery another great option is an Amazon gift card that you nanny can use for whatever their heart desires!

A BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET

No matter the occasion, a bright and cheery bouquet of flowers is always a great way to put a smile on someone’s face.  Send a vibrant arrangement from your local florist and be sure to add a sentimental note to let your nanny know how much you appreciate them!

THANK YOU TREASURE HUNT

This is a great activity to also get your children involved in!  You can have them make sweet arts and crafts or hide small gifts that you want to surprise your nanny with.  Be sure to write clues or even make a treasure hunt map to go on an appreciation hunt together.  

THROW A NANNY PARTY

What better way to celebrate your amazing nanny by throwing them their own party?  Try decorating the house, making a fun treat to share, and putting on some of their favorite music to celebrate how amazing they are to your family!

 

HAVE A FABULOUS WEEK CELEBRATING YOUR EDUCATED NANNIES FOR NATIONAL NANNY RECOGNITION WEEK! 

 

National Parks To Safety Travel To This Summer

National Parks To Safety Travel To This Summer

It’s officially the heart of summer and many of us are headed out for a family vacation as the world slowly starts to open back up again.  Visiting a National Park is a great way to get outside while still maintaining social distancing precautions.  They can provide the ultimate escape to the most beautiful and unique places in the nation that may just be a short road trip away for you and your family to enjoy!  The versatile thing about National Parks is that there is a little something for everyone whether it is camping, the scenery, or learning about nature and wildlife.  We have rounded up some of the most popular parks to safely visit this summer to help make your planning easier!

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited parks each year!  It offers a wide range of activities such as biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and natural hot springs.  One important thing to remember before visiting Yellowstone National Park is to make your reservations early!  Many of their popular lodges are fully booked up to a whole year in advance.  Reservations open on May 1st the prior year for the summer season and again on March 15th the prior year for winter.  According to Yellowstone National Park Lodges it is best to reserve your preferred dates and location as soon as reservations are available to you!

Joshua Tree National Park

For any Los Angeles residents, Joshua Tree National Park is just about a two- or three-hour road trip away! It has a variety of rugged mountains, gold mine ruins, desert flora, and its distinctive namesake trees.  Joshua Tree also offers activities like rock climbing, cactus garden viewing, hiking, and walking trails.  The National Park Service has amazing guides on what to do and how to make the most out of your getaway.  They also share the best times to beat the dangerous desert heat.  Be sure to also try and catch one of Joshua Tree’s stunning sunsets while you are there!

Zion National Park

Imagine gazing up at massive sandstone cliffs with colors of cream, pink, and red that sore into the bright blue sky!  You can enjoy these beautiful sights at Zion National Park in Utah where ancient native people and pioneers walked.  All Park visitors must purchase a recreational use pass upon entering the park.  From mid-March to late November the campgrounds are a popular place to spend a night under the stars, but like many other National Parks be sure to book your reservation ahead of time!

Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

If you are making a trip to The Grand Canyon, we would suggest planning on spending more than one day a there is a lot to see at this large National Park!  Be prepared to be captivated by its gorges, rock formations, and ridges.  Simply enjoying the view can take hours as there are a variety of vantage points.  The Grand Canyon has many things to do like helicopter rides overlooking the canyon, water rafting, and trail rides on a mule!  The Grand Canyon Railway is a great kid-friendly activity where you can enjoy musicians and crazy cowboy antics while you sweep through the beautiful scenery of The Grand Canyon.

These are just a few of many spectacular National Parks that we have the luxury of visiting via car or plane ride!   We would love to hear what your safe summer plans are this year with your family!

 

 

 

 

Introducing New Baby To Sibling

Introducing New Baby To Sibling

As a new parent with a now toddler, you probably feel like you have finally got a handle on all things baby, schedules and parenting hacks and then boom!  You find yourself expecting a second sweet bundle of joy.  As exciting and happy a new baby joining the family is, you may have found yourself now in panic mode wondering how your first born will handle this big transition.  It is important to calm your child’s nerves and assure him or her that they are still loved very much, and they are about to have a new baby brother or sister to play with!  Every family is different, and each child will handle welcoming a new sibling differently, but to ensure that everyone is as prepared as can be, we have put together some tips to help with a smooth(er) transition!

Prepare For Any Reaction

You will not be able to predict how your child will react to welcoming their brand-new sibling.  Some children may be excited and want to give their new sibling lots of hugs and kisses, while others may be upset, angry, or even confused.  No matter which reaction you receive be sure to reassure them that you and your partner love them unconditionally and that will never change.  Some children may just need a little extra time to warm up to the new situation.  Try waiting for your child to ask questions when they are ready and provide them with direct answers if possible.

Coordinate Nap Times

Bringing home a new baby will add a whole new dynamic to your family.  Suddenly your schedule that you are all used to for the last few years now feels impossible to stick to with a newborn’s needs thrown into the mix!  Coordinating naps may seem easier said than done, but it can be a good way to save your sanity throughout the day.  This can also be a great way to catch a few minutes of sleep for yourself too!  Taking Cara Babies has a variety of infant sleep courses to help you though those tough sleepless moments.

Let Your Toddler Help

Having help while taking care of a newborn is appreciated no matter how big or small it is!  You can have your toddler help with small tasks such as grabbing a new diaper, a toy, blanket and even a quick snack from the pantry for momma!  You can also let them be involved in bathing the new baby or help picking out a new outfit. By including your toddler, you can make them feel helpful and capable while teaching them new skills all by your side.  This can also encourage your toddler to become interested in other small household chores.  Etsy offers simple “chore” charts your toddler can check off each day!

Exchange Meaningful Gifts

Everyone loves a gift giving moment, right?  Allow your older child to select a special gift that they can give their new sibling upon meeting one another.  Be sure to also have a gift ready to be given to your toddler from the new baby as well.  These sweet handcrafted dolls are a safe and great gift for our littlest loves to exchange with each other.

Enjoy One on One Time

While transitioning with a new baby in the house you may be more overwhelmed and busier than ever before. If you can find any time in the day to spend one on one with your older child, we would encourage it!  You can simply go for a walk in the neighborhood together or grab a fun treat like froyo.  Giving them your individual attention can help you be more present and make them feel valued and loved.  It also may give you some of the sweetest memories to date!

We hope some of these tips can help you and your family though the transition of welcoming a new child. Always remember to not put too much pressure on yourselves and that bonding will take time while your children get to know each other.  As chaotic as these moments may seem in the moment, you will be making the most beautiful family memories along the way!

 

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